Saturday, 20 October 2018

Book Review - A Family Recipe by Veronica Henry - #HolidayReading Book 25

Book 25 of 28 read on my holiday to Cyprus in June 2018.

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Title: A Family Recipe
Author: Veronica Henry
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 17th May 2018 
Rating: 5 Stars

What's the secret ingredient to your happiness?
Laura Griffin is preparing for an empty nest. The thought of Number 11 Lark Hill falling silent - a home usually bustling with noise, people and the fragrant smells of something cooking on the Aga - seems impossible. Laura hopes it will mean more time for herself, and more time with her husband, Dom.

But when an exposed secret shakes their marriage, Laura suddenly feels as though her family is shrinking around her. Feeling lost, she turns to her greatest comfort: her grandmother's recipe box, a treasured collection dating back to the Second World War. Everyone has always adored Laura's jams and chutneys, piled their sandwiches high with her pickles . . . Inspired by a bit of the old Blitz spirit, Laura has an idea that gives her a fresh sense of purpose.

Full of fierce determination, Laura starts carving her own path. But even the bravest woman needs the people who love her. And now, they need her in return . . .

Wow what a fascinating and enthralling story, I was hooked from the beginning, and given chapter 1 was set during WW2 and I'm not a history fan, that is saying something. 

In fact I was very interested in the occasional wartime chapter which was telling the story of Jilly and Ivy as young women. 

The present day storyline featured Laura, her husband Dom, grown up children Willow and Jas and her grandma Kanga. 

At the heart of both past and present stories is the house, its garden and the family recipes that have passed through the generations. 

The book has fabulous writing, interesting storytelling, and a knack for transporting you between the pages so that you forget your real life exists. 

Even when I wasn't reading this my mind was still on the story, it really got under my skin, and with the various perspectives gave a good look at all the key characters and their motivations. 

A top notch read from an always talented and one of my favourite authors, Veronica Henry,

Thank you to Orion and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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