I love Veronica Henry’s books, they are what I turn to when I am having a reading slump, feeling a bit miserable or can not face anything too heavy.
This was a copy provided by Net Galley in return for a review. The latest of Veronica’s books is set in lovely Bath which is one of my favourite places and I guess Veronica’s as she definitely knows the town and sets the scene as if you were there.
The book follows two women. Laura, who is married to Dom, is facing an empty nest as the second and last of her children is just about to go off to University. Laura, like many parents (I have been one recently) is dreading this and then on top of this finds out her husband has been having an affair with his lawyer.
The second part story focuses on Jilly who is Laura’s Grandmother and her story is set 70 years before in WWII Bath. It tells the story of Jilly and her friend Ivy. Jilly’s life is turned upside down after a secret assignation with a young soldier which happens on the night of the ‘Baedeker Raids’ in Bath in 1942 and leaves both her parents dead.
Both stories tell of the women’s determination to rise above the traumas that have happened to them and they do this by using recipes which have been handed down through the family and use cooking to heal and help them move on with their lives. The book shows the importance of family, loss, friendships, kindness and spirit.
I really enjoyed this book Veronica has a real gift of making her reader feel good and I would recommend any of her books if you want a book to escape into and enjoy.