I have read a lot of Veronica Henry’s novels and she is an author who I will go back to when I know I want to read something and get completely lost in it.
And I did get lost in A Family Recipe; set in Bath and with a dual narrative which took me from the present day back to the Second World War all set in one house.
That house is 11 Lark Hill. Now home to Laura Griffin, her husband Dom and their two girls, Jaz and Willow. With Willow about to fly the nest to university, Laura is going to be faced with an empty house and nothing to do.
When her life takes a completely different turn, Laura turns to her love of cooking and the recipes she has that date back to her grandmother and great grandmother. Perhaps she can find some purpose in food?
Back in 1942 at 11 Lark Hill, Jilly suddenly finds herself an orphan after the devastating attacks on Bath. The house survives and Jilly has to live with the guilt of not being there for her parents. Ivy moves in initially to keep her company but a friendship is borne which grows from strength to strength and will cover their whole lives. When Jilly feels like she has to do something to alleviate the guilt she feels for surviving she takes in a mother and her children who have been bombed out.
Of course the past and the present interlink with more than just the house and as the story develops and we start to work out everyone’s place in the past and how it affects the present the story draws you in further.
When events means Laura is suddenly faced with a possible different future will her actions leave her with the guilt that Jilly faced all those years previous.
A heartwarming novel which shows you the strength of love, the choices you make and the place that you should always call home. What more of a recipe do you need to read this book?
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
A Family Recipe is out on 17th May.