Stuck in traffic when we started our holiday this summer didn’t cause any angst or frustration for me because I was lost in the world Veronica Henry created in A Family Recipe. A heartwarming story that I loved and I’m sharing my thoughts today.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4401 KB
- Print Length: 401 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409166627
- Publisher: Orion (17 May 2018)
- ASIN: B076PD9KKW
What’s the secret ingredient to your happiness?
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 . . .
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A house is much more than the bricks and mortar and 11 Lark Hill, owned by the same family, has witnessed much through the ages.
During WWII, the story takes us back to Kanga (Laura’s grandmother) and her heartbreaking experiences during the time Bath was blitzed. I had much admiration for Kanga and best friend Ivy. Veronica Henry has captured the fear and strength alongside those indomitable spirits so very well. Kanga still shows that strength of spirit in present day even though aged 93, fighting behind the scenes to protect her own.
When Laura returns from dropping daughter Willow at university in September 2017 I had a shiver down my spine at the energy 11 Lark Hill was giving out. It might sound a bit ‘woo woo’ but I bet you’ve been in a room or a place that has made you feel differently (and not because of the people who are there). The silence and emptiness felt heavy and portentous… Laura’s determination was an inspiration. When one connection became clear I wondered which way the story would go. Would it happen? What would that mean? I loved the market! and the fact that the family recipes connected 4 generations of women. That really is something special.
The move between between WWII and present day was seamless. I didn’t have a favourite timeline which is unusual for me. I was invested emotionally in both Kanga and Laura, identifying with them both. Their lives caught me up emotionally for different reasons. It made a refreshing change to experience a WWII setting that was outside of the major cities with a window into what life was like for those who lost close ones and their homes.
The ending completed the beginning – not what I was expecting at all! and gave me another emotional punch. Perfect.
A Family Recipe is a feel-good read with characters you will identify with and take to heart. Recommended for romance and saga readers. One for your wishlists.
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