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Honeycote [Paperback]

Veronica Henry
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26 Jan 2006
The Liddiards have lived at Honeycote House for generations. But all that might be about to change ... Rakishly charming Mickey Liddiard has several problems. Unbeknownst to his angelic wife Lucy, his family run business Honeycote brewery - the mainstay of picturesque Honeycote - is up to its beer-bottle neck in debt. His drinking is getting out of control. And his affair with local millionaire's wife Kay is more about peace-keeping than passion. And for each of Mickey's misdemeanours there is a knife being sharpened. Ambition, greed and good old-fashioned revenge all conspire to bring about his downfall - but will true love save the day?

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; First Edition edition (26 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141003065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141003061
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Veronica Henry began her career as a secretary on 'The Archers' before turning her hand to scriptwriting. She has written for some of our best loved television dramas, including Heartbeat and Holby City. She writes escapist fiction with an edge - her latest book is set in a row of beach huts on the North Devon coast: assignations, confessions and shocking revelations abound amongst the sandcastles and ice-cream.

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"A gripping read" -- Family Circle

"Veronica Henry's debut has all the ingredients of a good summer read...plenty of sex, scandal and shenanigans" -- Hello

'Billed as the new Jilly Cooper ... an enjoyable, lusty debut novel ****' -- Woman's Own

‘Long, entangled and irresistible, it is so right for a suitcase’ -- The Bookseller

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It may appear to be the perfect English village . . . but what scandals lurk beneath the surface?

From the bestselling author of THE BEACH HUT NEXT DOOR

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laughter tears and smut, perfect combination 12 Nov 2010
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER

The Liddiard family have lived at Honeycote House for years. Mickey is married to his wife Lucy and he adores her, apart from the small problem that he seems to have with cheating on her. Mickey's brother James meanwhile has been hopelessly in live with Lucy since the day he met her. He doesn't want to betray his brother but he will also not go out of his way for Mickey's infidelities coming to light. Kay Oakley is the mistress to Mickey and is married to Lawrence who she only got with for his money. All around the Liddiards there seems to be trouble and strife; will they all manage to come out the other side as a family?


Having never read Veronica Henry I had no idea what to expect. I also wasn't aware that Honeycote was part of a series, luckily for me I picked up the first book. The start of the book is great and tends to draw you in to the characters from the first few pages. We get a great perspective from the author of the setting of Honeycote House and it seemed very picturesque.

Initially, I only found I had one problem with the story, there were quite a few characters and for some reason their names just didn't gel with their personalities. I can't explain why but for me I struggled until at least the halfway point to gel the names to each character. Thankfully that was really the only criticism I had. I adored the Liddiards even though they were all far from perfect.

Veronica Henry certainly doesn't shy away from creating multiple stories and characters, and although some people may not like that I absolutely loved it. Yes there were multiple things to see develop but it gave you even more as a reader to get your teeth in to.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing discovery 10 July 2002
By A Customer
This is a really fun read. I picked it up because a friend said it was as good as Jilly Cooper's Riders but I think it's even better - there are at least two characters - Patrick and Mickey - who are even sexier than Rupert Campbell Black and lots of people to relate to. There are so many great characters and loads of different plots with masses of sex and suspense and a really satisfactory ending.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Jilly 10 Aug 2002
The thing I always hated about Jilly Cooper's novels was the awful puns. This book has all the things I loved about Ms Cooper's books and more but those dreadful puns were mercifully missing - what a relief.
The characters are just as much fun, the setting (the Cotswolds) and section of society are very similar, but the writing is several times better and considerably less irritating. I devoured this is a couple of days and it left me wanting more, I especially wanted to know what happened to Keith, Mayday and Kay after this novel's conclusion - I want a sequel and I want it soon! The perfect holiday novel, let's hope every summer brings another!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected! 25 Aug 2011
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I don't know why but I have avoided Veronica Henry's books for years. I always thought they were quite heavy, serious books. I can't imagine where I got that impression from but after deciding to give Honeycote a go I will definitely be reading her other books. I loved Honeycote. It grabbed me from the first couple of pages with a cast of compelling characters and a lovely Cotswold setting. There was real pathos in the book, along with humour and plot twists and brilliant characterization. Everything you can ask for in a novel to be exact. I loved the fact that the characters weren't all good or bad, they were real people with flaws and faults and hopes and dreams and failures like all the rest of us. I started out hating Kay and ended up really caring about her and hoping that she would be ok. I think that's the mark of a great story. I have bought the follow on books and will be working my way through them as soon as I can. It's always lovely to discover a new author whose books you enjoy so much. Just wish I'd found Veronica Henry years ago!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Fab writing from Veronica Henry 6 July 2011
By Dolly
Wow, Veronica, could not put this book down, it kept me inthralled and entertained. I was reading it and became so ingrossed that I was only having a couple of hours sleep before it was time to get back up for work at 5am.

Want to get hold of your other books as how you write and keep people reading is AMAZING.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely family tale 25 May 2011
As usual you are led right into the heart of the family as if you know them and the book keeps you enthralled right to the end. Excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Enjoyable Read 9 Dec 2008
It is hard not to enjoy this book as it follows so many stories that all lead back to one family and it makes it highly enjoyable to try and predict what happens in the small sleepy village.
I would reccomend this book as it is a good read , with an exciting plot and once you start you wont be able to stop reading.
I did not find this book as enjoyable as something by Lisa Jewell or Milly Johnson but thats just personal preferance. but over all completely worth the money.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining. 18 Sep 2004
By Fran
This was the second book I'd read by Veronica Henry, the first one being 'Making Hay' and I know that the two books are closely related but on reading 'Honeycote' I could hardly remember the characters from the other one I read some months ago, which is not a good sign.
Nevertheless, this was still a good book, entertaining, and in some parts humourous. Although I did feel that there were maybe too many storylines included, if a couple were dropped and others concentrated on - rather than rushed and skipped over - it might have been better.
But that niggly little detail has not put me off and I already have her next offering 'Wild Oats' ready to read soon, so the author has captured my attention enough to get me to buy all of her published books at the moment, which is always a good sign.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Those Naughty Liddiards" - Veronica Henry
This is not only the first novel in a trilogy about the village of Honeycote but it is also the first novel of Veronica Henry. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jo D'Arcy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books.
I have read all Veronica Henry books.Fantastic books.once you start reading you can't put them down ."honey cote "my favourite .cant wait for the next.
Published 8 months ago by D Shiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
A great book to read over a weekend with enough characters to create a variety of sub-plots. Now moving on to the next Honeycote story.
Published 9 months ago by JANET
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
l don't write reviews as l believe everybody should make their own decision and not be influenced by others reviews after all we are all different, l like Veronica Henry so... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Daisey
1.0 out of 5 stars first time purchasing used
this was the first and last time purchasing a used book, my wife takes care and pride with her books,not the previous owner of this one.bad choice never again.
Published 12 months ago by graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Love this book & what a great experience regarding fast delivery & very good packing. Very highly recommend and will certainly use again. Thank you xx
Published 13 months ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex in the Cotswolds1
I adore Veronica Henrys books and this is a cracker. It tells the story of the Liddiard family - there trials and tribulations which bring to the sleepy Cotswold village of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elaine 83
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
Don't be put off by my 3 star voting as I really enjoyed this book, But I have read better.
I would still recommend this book -
An enjoyable easy read :-)

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Published on 8 July 2011 by Noo Noo
5.0 out of 5 stars Honeycote
My wifes favourite author, at the moment, she can not wait for the next publication.

She has all the fiction books Veronica has written. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by Listener
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