5 / 5 stars
The perfect read for warm, festive feels.
Veronica Henry is one of my go to reads when I am feeling a little anxious and stressed. So I was so excited when I was lucky to receive a copy from Net Galley in return for an honest review.
I have read the other Beach Hut books by Veronica Henry but you can read this one without reading the others, it is set in Everdene in Devon.
The story centres around Lizzy, a woman who has just been made redundant, who is also facing her twins Hattie and Luke leaving home to go to university and wants to make their last Christmas all together extra special.
As many woman of Lizzy's age she is experiencing many changes and has been feeling out of sorts and goes to see her GP who prescribes her antidepressants. Lizzy's husband Simon is busy at work and an incident in a local department store and her family not being there for her, makes Lizzy feels like no cares if she is around or not.
Stressed by the expectations of Christmas and Simon's ex wife Amanda and her mother-in-law Cynthia, Lizzy does what many woman feel like doing at some point and decides to leave them all to it and heads to her friend Caroline's beach hut for some peace and reflection. It is there she meets Harley, a young man who is running away from his own problems, and his Mum Leanne and little brother River. Also Jack, who is there with his little boy Nat and are all seeking to escape from Christmas.
I loved how the book addressed how many women feel not only at Christmas but also as your family grows up and you don't feel as needed as you did when they are small. It also shows how Lizzy takes ownership of her feelings and decides to do something so out of character her family are concerned for her wellbeing.
Veronica has a real gift of making her characters have a real warmth but also make some really odious. I will leave you to find out who these are. I really liked and related to Lizzy as a woman of a certain age and thank Veronica for writing about a subject that many avoid. I would love to visit Pepperpot Cottage and also Caroline's fantastic Beach Hut in Everdene.
Pure Escapism with a Christmas feel.