About the author (as seen in the book)
Veronica Henry worked as a scriptwriter for The Archers, Heartbeat and Holby City, amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She lives with her family on the coast in North Devon.
Publication date: 24th September 2015
ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4091-4685-8
Also available in eBook and audio book.
Pages: 336 pages
Genre: Contemporary romance
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: Borrowed
Blurb (as seen on back cover)
Pennfleet might be a small town, but there’s never a dull moment in its narrow winding streets …
Kate has only planned a flying visit to clear out the family home after the death of her mother. When she finds an anonymous letter, she is drawn back into her own past.
Single dad Sam is juggling his deli and two lively teenagers, so romance is the last thing on his mind. Then Cupid fires an unexpected arrow – but what will his children think?
Nathan Fisher is happy with his lot, running picnic cruises up and down the river, but kissing the widow of the richest man in Pennfleet has disastrous consequences.
Vanessa knows what she has done is unseemly for a widow, but it’s the most fun she’s had for years. Must she always be on her best behaviour?
The scene laid out before us on the front cover of this lovely book. I think it’s a very evocative of a small seaside town. The cover really pulls you in; making the beholder feel apart of the scene. Gazing down a narrow street with a row of houses either side; with beautiful flower boxes decorating on window ledges. As you eye’s make the way to the end of the street you are met by the harbour wall and can just make out boats bobbing in the sea… I can almost hear the seagulls squawking!!!!!! The dark blue of the title is a nice contrast against the baby blueness of the sky and the white fluffy clouds. The author’s name is in red which tie’s in nicely with the red flower down the street. I just love this front cover!!!!!
I’m a massive fan of Veronica’s books and have read a few now, before I started blogging. However I read and review The Forever House recently which you can check out Here
So you can imagine how excited I was to dive in to this book!!!!!!
Kate returns to her hometown in Pennfleet, from her now home in America, to her mothers funeral, deal with her affairs and go straight back to her life. Returning to Pennfleet seems strange to her after all this time. She feel’s like she is an outsider in her own home town. Kate is kinda married to her job in New York and is incredibly eager to return leaving all her painful memories behind.
Kate has a wander around and bump’s into her teenage best friend and partner in crime; Debbie. Who is now married with a house full of children, totally polar opposite from Kate’s life in New York. And Kate is surprised at how Debbie, is willing to help her in any way she can while she’s in town; as though the year that they haven’t seen each other mean’s nothing ( just picking up where they left off!!)
Kate take’s Debbie up on her offer of help and very grateful for it as going through her mother’s house is going to be incredibly painful. As she want’s sell up as soon as possible, however Kate becomes to relies that her life back in New York is draining her, and is reminded how much she loves her home town. Will she be able to let her mothers house go? Is she going to go back to her life in America? Can she find her own happiness from the town she ran away from?
Sam is a widower and father to two teenagers. The family of three moved to Pennfleet from London where Sam starts his own café. He wants to spend more time with the children before they go to University. His children become concerned that with them leaving their father should go dating. They take matters into their own hands but joining him to a dating site on his behalf; in a bid to find their father some happiness. Have his children done the right thing? Will he find happiness? Is he going to be mad when he finds out what they’ve done?
Then there’s Nathan; who runs his own business running boat cruises up and down the river. He strikes a deal with Sam, to provide picnics for clients on the boat trip. Sam and Nathan have a lovely friendship, which is cute. However his boat trips only keep him going in the summer months, so has to take a job at the local funereal directors driving the car. Nathan has a really nice nature, so when he’s driving for Vanessa’s husband funereal and after the funereal she asks him to drive her away to a pub somewhere, he agrees. Is he right to do this? Will Nathan’s boss go mad? What dose Vanessa want with him?
I really really enjoyed the fast pace of the story, making it a joy to read and before you know it you’re at the end! I liked seeing all the characters go through their own journey, all wanting the same thing really happiness! They are all relatable to real life issues and emotions that people go through every day; such as grief and trying to do the right thing for loved one’s. With all of Veronica’s other stories there are many giggly moments, providing the reader with a lot of entertainment. This is defiantly a book I could read again no problem! I highly recommend High Tide by Veronica Henry (excuse the pun!!!!)
Marie’s Book Boutique gives
High Tide by Veronica Henry
5 Sparkly Stars