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Perfect escapism for long summer days
on 3 July 2014
The Beach Hut Next Door returns the reader to Everdene, the magical seaside setting of Veronica Henry’s novels ‘The Beach Hut’ and ‘The Sea Change’. This particular summer the owners of their beach huts return once again for a summer of hot sun, soft sand and gently lapping waves to recharge their batteries, to fondly remember summers past and in some cases to put their past to bed and move on to a brighter future.
Jenna, the Ice Cream Girl and her boyfriend, policeman Craig from ‘The Sea Change’ feature, as their relationship strengthens and Jenna invests in her future by buying a traditional Ice Cream Cart. Her past of low-grade criminality is well and truly behind her; she has finally found her dream of a job, which she loves. Other summer visitors, both new and old, are introduced and interact in each other’s stories. The bereaved brothers who lost their father at sea are trying to rebuild their lives and business so that they can begin afresh with new hope. Elodie, who so loved Everdene and the Grey House in her childhood, but who had never returned after a shocking secret estranged her from her family. Now is the time for her return to put the ghosts of the past away and build bridges with her family. Rachel and Tim, who have recently separated and who share their beach hut because they could not bear to part with it. They were forced apart by their inability to bear children, they are meeting again to arrange their swap over and make a list of jobs that need to be done on their beach hut. There are even more heart warming stories within this gem of a novel, with secrets revealed, new romances, deceptions, betrayals and some lives are set to change forever.
This novel is a perfect summer read for lazy, sunny days on the beach or relaxing days in the comfort of home. It’s a novel for anybody who enjoys ‘people watching’, real life issues, romance stories and stories with a twist at the most unexpected times. It’s an easy, light read which I read within a day and the variety of the different stories made it a fascinating, compelling read.