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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.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 31 May 2017
It was lovely to be able to return to the gorgeous setting of Everdene in this sequel to The Beach Hut. The chapters were all from different people's perspectives, all which had a link to a Beach Hut on Everdene for the summer. Some characters we only really saw once or twice, but a couple recurred quite a bit and I became quite involved in their lives. Elodie's life was very interesting and I also loved the idea of the new seafood restaurant being opened. This was a very enjoyable book, and incredibly fast to read.
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on 7 August 2017
I absolutely loved this book and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. This is the third book iv read by this author and its my favourite so far.
I loved all the individual stories but the underlying one of Eloise was the real power story.
Everdene is a magical place that makes you believe all will end happily ever after.
I shall leave the rest unsaid other than its a fabulous read.
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on 21 July 2017
Couldn't and didn't want to put it down. Starts out as a simple story of Elodie spending summers by the seaside in a house overlook the beach with beach huts. Brilliantly written with all the characters with the connection being of the huts and their individual stories. Full of surprises, some sad but they all end well. Love the way it turns full circle at the end.
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on 2 August 2017
Such a lovely entertaining story. Following the adventures of the beach hut folk and the locals living nearby was particularly interesting with many sad and joyful moments. I really felt I had a visit to the seaside myself. Just breath deeply and you just might get a waft of the sea!
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on 11 August 2017
Not the sort of book that I would normally read but as I got more into it I enjoyed the fact that the beach hut meant different things to each person
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on 30 July 2017
Perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Good characterisation, not too hard keeping up with the characters. Well proof read. I enjoy this authors books
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on 9 November 2014
When I started to read the story and just getting into it, and another character appeared, and so it goes on, each story is nice in its own way, but jumping from one to another, was too much for me, then it ended.......!
I'm not sure I could recommend this book.
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on 9 August 2017
again another very good story
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