A Family Recipe
The feel-good read of 2018
by Veronica Henry
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 17 May 2018 | Archive Date 10 Jan 2022
Orion Publishing Group, Orion
The Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller
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 . . .
The brand-new feel-good story from bestseller Veronica Henry - a perfect mix of family, friends and delicious food.
Your favourite authors love A Family Recipe:
'An utter delight' Jill Mansell
'Truly blissful escapism' Lucy Diamond
'A heart-warming, triumphant story combined with Veronica's sublime writing - the perfect mix!' Cathy Bramley
'A delicious treat of a book' Milly Johnson
'A beautiful book. Warm, emotional and full of hope' Sarah Morgan
Readers have fallen in love with A Family Recipe:
'So absolutely and completely gorgeous in every way!'
'A delightful, heart-warming story about the importance of home, family, friends and the unbreakable bonds between them'
'Wonderfully uplifting...A story of lost chances and second chances, tragedy and despair but also hope and resilience'
'The perfect mix of food, family and friends provides the right ingredients for this delightful read'
'My favourite book of 2018 - treat yourself to a delicious novel this summer'
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Average rating from 106 members
I loved this book. A beautifully written story of a time passed by and of a new future for family and friends.
I love this book! I love the characters, the story and how it moves backwards and forwards through time, the warmth, the wit, the wisdom, the multiple generations of women in the same family and the dynamic between them, the setting in glorious Bath, Just everything. I will read this again and again.
I loved this book the way it flits to past and present a lovely story of friends and family
A heartwarming and captivating tale set in 1942 and present day about one family’s struggle with life through friendship, love, heartbreak and death. It tells us the strength they had never to give up on life. So positive and enchanting.
So wonderful it was hard to put down.
Laura lives with her husband Dom and their two girls at No.11. Kanga, her grandmother lives with them in her home in the garden. We learn about their lives, their secrets and their hopes and dreams and how No 11 brings them all together.
Veronica Henry has triumphed again with a heartfelt novel about family, empty nests, new beginnings and old memories.
This is a duel story, set initially in 1940's Bath during the war telling Jilly's experiences of that time, and interspersed with the present day as Jilly's grand daughter, Laura, faces a family crisis. The refurbishment and re-building of Bath play an integral part in the book as both Jilly and Laura look to rebuild their own lives.
This multi-layered book kept me engrossed; a lovely summer read
Thank you for the opportunity to read this book. I have enjoyed all of the authors books and like the rest thus was a triumph
This book is an absolute delight! It’s well written, touching and will leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling after reading it.
The characters are all wonderful and the book flows very well. Be aware though, you’ll want to devour it all in the one go. A well deserved 5 stars.