Before long, the locals are delighted to find the beating heart of the village is back, bringing all kinds of surprises through the door. MY THOUGHTS
Escape to the glorious Somerset countryside with this joyful and uplifting story of family, love and hope.
Veronica Henry has worked as a scriptwriter for The Archers, Heartbeat and Holby City amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA Novel of the Year Award for A Night on the Orient Express and is a Sunday Times bestselling author of over twenty books. Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon and can often be found cooking up the perfect seaside feast.
All three women uproot themselves and move to Rushbrook, deep in the heart of Somerset, to take over The Swan and restore it to its former glory. Cherry is at the helm, Maggie is in charge of the kitchen, and Rose tends the picturesque garden that leads down to the river.
Publisher: Orion
Format: Ebook, Audio, Hardback (3 February 2022) | Paperback (23 June 2022)
Pages: 464
Source: Copy received for review
The Impulse Purchase is Veronica Henry’s 23rd book. I’ve read 17 of the 23. And this is my favourite so far. And I say this every time! 😁 I love her books, they are warm and comforting and uplifting and quite a lot of the time they feature food. What’s not to like!
Three generations of women in the same space could lead to disaster but they all have their own skills which compliment rather than compete. The story is not without its moments of drama and angst and includes such challenging and hard-hitting themes as alcohol dependency which is included by way of a compassionate pen. As a counterbalance, there is also the light touch of romance through the pages.

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I just loved this book, there is enough bite to the storyline to prevent it being too sweet and difficult situations are sympathetically written. With vivid description giving a wonderful sense of place, Rushbrook was somewhere that I would love to live, there was such a tremendous feeling of community. I was delighted to see the return of characters from a previous book, A Home from Home, although don’t think you have to read both (although you should because that is a lovely read too). This is very much a standalone story. My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the tour invitation and to the publisher for the proof copy and for sending a lovely hardback. In view of the multi generational characters in the book, it was suggested that bloggers taking part share the hardback with a loved one – a grandmother, mother or daughter or someone who is like a mother, to reflect the relationships in the story. I no longer have any family members in my life who this could apply to and so because I loved the book so much, I’m going to give away my unread hardback copy for someone else to enjoy, keeping my gorgeous proof copy. This giveaway is open to readers in the UK – please see the entry details and Rafflecopter entry box below.

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Cherry, Maggie and Rose are mother, daughter and granddaughter, each with their own hopes, dreams and even sorrows. They have always been close, so when, in a moment of impulse, Cherry buys a gorgeous but rundown pub in the village she grew up in, it soon becomes a family affair. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I engaged immediately with the characters and thought they were superbly drawn. Cherry and Maggie were both strong characters but were not without vulnerability and self doubt. A theme running through the story is kindness, with some paying it forward and giving a chance to those who needed it. I have to admit to a bit of a crush on Russell the pig farmer – a rather reserved but straight talking motorbiking ex traffic cop. Winnie with her foodie creations made me feel permanently hungry and as for Chloe, my heart just went out to her especially with all the responsibility she had to take on her young shoulders. Finally, I want the phone number of the Fabulous Builder Brothers. I’ve given up with Checkatrade! 🤣

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