The Beach Hut follows the stories of the families who come to Everdene each year, people who fall in – or out – of love, remembering their pasts, or trying to forget them…There’s Jane Milton, left only debts by her husband, and forced to sell the beloved beach hut that holds so many happy memories; Sarah; for whom fidelity has lost its appeal; and Harry, suffering from the anguish of first love when he falls for Florence – who has grown up to be far more alluring than she ever used to be.
©2010 Veronica Henry (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd
This is chick lit to appeal to a wide age range. This is not just about twenty or thirty-somethings but ranges across the love lives of teenagers to pensioners. A great read for the beach (says something in the title), you'll sail through it. It's not howl with laughter chick lit but it is has pace and interesting characters with interesting snippets of their lives to keep it going plus a seaside setting. What's more to like than a bit of sun, sand, sea, surf and a row of brightly coloured beach huts - I want one! No seaside town is complete without a hotel, pub, restaurant or ice cream stall and that essential ingredient children.
Definitely. nice uncomplicated story bringing in many different characters that came alive as you encountered them. Guess its not a great strain on the brain, but a feel good book.
The narrator was excellent.
the many twists and turns and the pulling together of it all in the end
i dont really have a favourite
maybe Huts plural
All Veronica Henry's books are feel good, happy reads
This audiobook is beautifully read by Julia Franklin - she voices all the characters perfectly and really brings this story alive. Unfortunately, I did not particularly like any of the characters and lost interest in their lives. I do feel that a perfect 'chick lit' novel should completely engross you in the story and lives of the characters so that you feel a real sense of loss when you have finished listening or reading (listen to Erica James 'the Hidden Cottage' for a perfect example!). This was not the case with this book, the characters lacked depth and I also felt that Veronica Henry failed to portray a convincing picture of the coastal setting. I never really felt like I was there by the sea, or in the characters lives.
"Another good story from Veronica Henry"
Funny, light hearted, compelling
I couldn't name just one, as there are multiple characters all interlinked. I really liked hearing about all the different characters and their points of view on life, family and experiences. I thought it was clever how she put everything together.
No I havn't, but I enjoyed this performance.
Overall I enjoyed the book, it was compelling, I couldn't stop listening.
"Great summer read"
great read ,full of quirky story lines and lots of interesting charachters who all get what they deserve in th end..Warm,funny but with a story line that gives it an edge .Maeve Binchy transported to Devon and given a make over....
"A surfeit of characters who never cohere"
This held promise for a while - well-narrated, sympathetic and engaging characters each with their own private travails one hopes they will overcome as the audio and their story unfolds. But no such luck.
No sooner has one become locked in and interested in the story of one character, than we leave them for a new character. This happened so many times that it eventually became evident that there would be no time left to return to them in any way that would allow us to get to know them more deeply, or explore their lives in any meaningful way. In fact I'm sure there were several characters we barely saw again - others we don't meet again till the last half hour of the book by which time, having met such a surfeit of disparate, unconnected people I'd totally forgotten their names and backstories. A real shame as Veronica Henry can really make her audience care but what's the point if we never get to know them once we've been teased into connecting with them?
Imagine queuing up for an enticing buffet featuring a heady number of varying world cuisines. There are too many different countries represented but nonetheless you enjoy catching different enticing aromas and are even allowed a tasting spoon of certain dishes but you never get to sit down and enjoy even one plateful. This book is even more exasperating - you are drawn in and are rewarded with precisely nothing.
Perhaps I didn't listen attentively enough though I've been enjoying audiobooks since the age of four. I'm fairly certain that the only thing connecting many characters was the fact that their feet, at one time or another, walk along the same beach. The interaction between the whole cast spans from minimal to non-existent which is also a fair summation for my enjoyment of the whole book.
"A romantic story with some unexpected twists"
Some breathtaking descriptions of the coastline, beautiful images are conjured by the narrative and a story that has many twists and turns along the way.
The discovery of why the house was of such importance to the new owner and what it had signified.
Excellent narration as ever, with very distinct characterisations
Some very sad moments in the book, but others that made you truly smile with pleasure.
A great holiday read.
"A beach hut haven for many lives"
A beach hut haven for many lives that are cleverly woven together as the book progresses.
"Good easy listening"
Good book to listen to.
The narrator doesn't have a wide range of voices but is still easy to listen to.
Would recommend a listen.
This is a clever story telling of many different families and their life in their beach hut. As usual Julia Franklin does a lovely job of reading. A lovely introduction lead in and you are captured into wanting to listen to what will happen next. A very happy and cheerful story, no fighting!! I recommend this book with no reservations.
"Slow Burner But Worthwhile!!"
This is another perfect audiobook for holiday listening by Veronica Henry, and is as good as "The Long Weekend" (which I previously listened to), albeit somewhat different in its approach.
Set in the coastal town of Everdene, we are introduced to a series of characters that all in some way have a connection with one of the many beach huts - some owners and some hiring them for a short stay. The main focus is on the Milton family and Jane Milton, and explores their relationships which normally ends up leading to a fair amount of tense situations. There are also many other secondary characters and stories that appear to be self-contained initially, but eventually intertwine with other characters and their stories. This is performed seamlessly by the author.
For me, "The Beach Hut" was a slow burner of a story, that got better and more interesting the more I listened. Yet again, Henry's storytelling ability and imagery is first rate. She is excellent at engaging the reader/listener, and I found this a both easy and enjoyable listen.
Julia Franklin's narration was pleasant and apt throughout. Recommended!
"Lovers of English beach huts"
cannot help but be drawn to this title and you will find Veronica Henry as always adeptly weaves a host of individual storylines together. I did find this bunch of characters a little more cliched than usual and some of the outcomes particularly unlikely - however there is also a number of quite poignant threads left in midair which stay in the mind. It's a well read pleasant listen.
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