Book Review – The Beach Hut by Veronica Henry

2 Aug

Jane Milton doesn’t want to sell her beloved beach hut, which has been the heart of so many family holidays and holds so many happy memories. But when her husband dies, leaving her with an overwhelming string of debts, she has no choice but to sell.

THE BEACH HUT follows the stories of the people who own the beach huts, families who come to Everdene each year, people who fall in – or out of – love, remembering their pasts, or trying to forget them…

When I was on holiday in Bournemouth last month I fell in love with a beach hut that we walked past every day. I’d love to own my own beach hut one day so this book really caught my attention when I saw it in the shop. I’ve not read anything by Veronica Henry before and thought it looked like a lovely escapist summer read.

I’d heard the book described as a short story collection but it is actually much more than that and I loved the way it was written. It starts by introducing Jane Milton, owner of The Shack, who has been coming to Everdene since she was a young girl. Jane is being forced to sell The Shack to pay off the debts her husband left her, but is going to have one last summer at Everdene with her extended family to say goodbye to her beach hut in style. The chapters very cleverly focus in on different members of Jane’s family and their lives, with the beach huts and Everdene as the point around which everyone revolves. There are also chapters that focus on the other beach hut owners or visitors to Everdene and seem very much like standalone stories until a small twist creates a clever linkage between them and the Milton family. The book hangs together beautifully and really kept me interested with the variety of stories and characters involved. There is something here for everyone; tales of first love, illicit affairs, weddings, children, friends and even a dramatic funeral!

Veronica Henry is a really talented writer and there is a huge variety of characters and voices in this book. She gets right into the emotions and feelings of each character Рeven the more minor ones like the perennial bridesmaid Jenna and overprotective mother Janet. My favourite characters  were surfer couple Dan and Kirsty and I thought the ending of their story was perfect and even bought a little (happy) tear to my eye! I really hope that there is a sequel to this book at some point in the future as I really want to know what happens to everyone next.

This is a brilliant summer read and I’d highly recommend it.

You can find out more about Veronica Henry and her books at: http://www.veronicahenry.co.uk/

5/5

5 Responses to “Book Review – The Beach Hut by Veronica Henry”

  1. marby 12th August 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    hi amanda! it seems to me that this book is somewhat similar to jane green’s “the beach house”. have you tried her books? i’ve read two of them, “the beach house” and “mr. maybe”. if you love chick lits, you’ll probably love her too! :)

  2. Amanda 12th August 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    Marby I absolutely love Jane Green’s books. The Beach House is fab but my favourite of hers is Bookends. I’ve got Girl Friday and The Love Verb on my ‘to read’ pile. You will love The Beach Hut if you liked The Beach House!

  3. jane 22nd October 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    I have read this book on holiday and loved it! I agree with everything you wrote Amanda and have recommended it to our book club and we discuss it tomorrow night! hopefully everyone will have enjoyed it AS MUCH AS WE DID!

    • Amanda 22nd October 2014 at 9:07 pm #

      How lovely – I wish I was part of your book group! Do pop back and let me know what everyone else thought :-)

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