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 won the 2014 RNA Novel of the Year award for A Night on the Orient Express. Veronica lives with her family in a village in North Devon.
Publication date: 17th May 2018
ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4091-6662-7
Also available in Ebook and Audiobook format.
Pages: 400 Pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: My own
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
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 . . .
This front cover really has a quaint feel to it; with the market stall which has a canopy over the top in red and white stripes; with bunting , the table-cloth is a green chequered pattern. The stall is full of home-made produce ready to be sold. A blue table and two chairs are situated at the side of the stall. Veronica’s name is in a lovely turquoise colour; which ties in with the table, chairs and table cloth. The title is coloured in a shiny gold which glistens in the light.
As some of you will know I am quite a fan girl when it comes to Veronica’s books. She has a lovely writing style and her characters are always intriguing to get to know!
In A Family Recipe we meet Laura; married to Dan and they have two girls; Jasmin who is about to start her third year in uni and Willow who is just about to start. Laura was brought up be her grandmother Kanga after her mother passed away when she was four. Kanga has been a great help to the family; cooking meals; while Laura was at hospital with Willow; who has asthma and suffers from attacks. But now Willow is doing well and is excited about moving on in the next stage of her life. Laura on the other had is riddled with anxiety, but she has made up a book of recipe’s which Laura has lovingly copied from Willow’s great great grandmother. After seeing her daughters off Laura who has just been a mother for so long need’s to find something else’s to occupy her time, so she turns to her great grandmothers recipe cards. Meanwhile her husband Dan has been acting very distant and seems to always be worrying about money. How will Willow get in at Uni? Will she manage? What will Laura do with her time? What’s going on with Dom? Will him and Laura be ok now their baby’s have flown the nest?
The reader is also taken back to when her great-grandmother was younger during the First World War. Showing her life and how it was an awful time. There’s a bit of a mystery surrounding her romance!!!! What’s the mystery surrounding Laura’s great grandmother? How did these delicious recipes come about?
A Family Recipe is packed full of mystery, family life, utterly yummy food!, uncertain times and new beginnings. The story it’s self really I’m afraid to say didn’t really pull me in as Veronica’s book usually do; which was a bit disappointing. The pace was slow, and the characters were likeable to a degree, there were just times I felt they were a bit floppy (if you know what I mean). Having said this Veronica’s description was perfect in every way, especially when it came to the food!!! (Be prepared to raid your cupboards when you reading this!!!!) Also I really liked that Veronica has added some of her own family recipe’s at the end of this book, which is a lovely personal touch on her part! I’m certainly not deterred from reading more of Veronica’s book in the future, because lets face it we can’t all like everything!
Marie’s Book Boutique gives
A Family Recipe by Veronica Henry
3 Sparkly stars
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