Christmas at the Beach Hut
'A glorious story full of hope, heartache and Christmas magic' Cathy Bramley 'Wise, insightful, beautiful written and sprinkled with Christmas joy - I adored this book' Milly Johnson Everyone adores Christmas . . . Especially Lizzy Kingham. But this year, she is feeling unloved and under-appreciated by her family. The present-buying, decorating and food shopping have all been left to her. So she wonders ... what would happen if she ran away and left them to it?Lizzy heads to her favourite place: a beach hut on the golden sands of Everdene. There she meets an unlikely collection of new friends, all running away from something. But the spirit of Christmas gets under Lizzy's skin: soon the fairy lights are twinkling and the scent of mulled wine mingles with the sea air.Back at Pepperpot Cottage, her family are desperate to find her. For Christmas isn't Christmas without Lizzy. Can they track her down in time and convince her she means the world to them, every day of the year? Bursting with love, hope, forgiveness - and plenty of Christmas cheer - this is the perfect stocking filler! The brand new novel from the Sunday Times top-ten bestselling author of A Family Recipe and The Beach Hut. ***** Your favourite authors love Veronica Henry: 'Insightful and heart-warming, this is the perfect cosy read for a cold winter's night. I loved it' Sarah Morgan'A Christmas treat!' Katie Fforde'Full of comfort and joy, warmth and wit' Alexandra Brown Escape to the seaside this Christmas!

Christmas at the Beach Hut Details

TitleChristmas at the Beach Hut
Author
ReleaseNov 15th, 2018
PublisherOrion
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction

Christmas at the Beach Hut Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    You can always rely on Veronica Henry when it comes to perfect heartwarming, escapist, festive reading fare, with stories and characters that will simply bowl you over. The central character here, Lizzy Kingham, is happily married to Simon, with twins, Hattie and Luke looking forward to leaving for university. Lizzy has recently been made redundant from her job as an events manager at a hotel, beginning to feel the empty nest syndrome, feeling out of sorts and desperately low. She lives in a sma You can always rely on Veronica Henry when it comes to perfect heartwarming, escapist, festive reading fare, with stories and characters that will simply bowl you over. The central character here, Lizzy Kingham, is happily married to Simon, with twins, Hattie and Luke looking forward to leaving for university. Lizzy has recently been made redundant from her job as an events manager at a hotel, beginning to feel the empty nest syndrome, feeling out of sorts and desperately low. She lives in a small, offbeat and perfect home in Astley in Arden in Warwickshire called Pepperpot Cottage. However, she is looking forward to a Christmas to remember with her family, and is knee deep in preparations and planning. However, whilst her family are the focus of all her efforts and love, they are thoughtless, using and abusing her kind, thoughtful and accommodating nature. Simon's first wife, high maintenance Amanda has continued through the years on burdening them with her selfish desires. Simon's mother, Cynthia, has been forced on Lizzy, Cynthia is keeping secrets from Simon that Lizzy cannot forgive her for. Lizzy is upset that Amanda has foisted her mother in law on them when it was her turn to have Cynthia. Life is eternally compromised by all the baggage of marriage, but why is Lizzy the only one compromising? It seems that Lizzy fails to figure in her family's plans, is invisible to them, and makes the decision to run away to a beach hut in Everdene on the North Devon Coast. She is leaving her family free to do whatever they want for Christmas, having made all the arrangements for Christmas for them. In a blustery seaside, Lizzy encounters a group of diverse people at Everdene's beach huts, all running away from the festive season with their inner pain and despair. Her own compassionate personality has her playing the central organising role in ensuring that Harley, Leanne, River, Jack and Nat have a wonderful Christmas when it all seems so out of reach with all the bubbling drama that is blighting their lives. Lizzy is a character that will resonate with so many women who carry the burden of the festive season with often little or no recognition from their nearest and dearest. Of course, their families are so often completely blind, selfishly disregarding the kindness and the burdens carried by women. Simon, Hattie and Luke miss Lizzy immediately, but it takes them a little while to become sufficiently self aware as to how they have taken her completely for granted, barely seeing her for so many years, making no effort to be there for decorating the Christmas tree, the only thing she has asked them of them. Veronica Henry creates a host of appealing characters, I loved Harley, Jack and the gorgeous Nat, but the star of the show is Lizzy as she finally finds the space to think about her future and pin down exactly what she wants. This is totally enthralling reading, brilliant and entertaining, all that you would expect from an author at the top of her game. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Orion for an ARC.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy a book by Veronica Henry and did a little squeal of delight when a review copy of this popped through the letterbox from Orion. I was determined to fit in at least one Christmas book this year – and I’m so glad that Christmas at the Beach Hut was one. I haven’t yet read any of the previous ‘Beach Hut’ books but that didn’t matter at all. I had no problems settling in with this. Lizzy Kingham is a salt of the earth person. A loving wife and mother, but recently made redundant from I always enjoy a book by Veronica Henry and did a little squeal of delight when a review copy of this popped through the letterbox from Orion. I was determined to fit in at least one Christmas book this year – and I’m so glad that Christmas at the Beach Hut was one. I haven’t yet read any of the previous ‘Beach Hut’ books but that didn’t matter at all. I had no problems settling in with this. Lizzy Kingham is a salt of the earth person. A loving wife and mother, but recently made redundant from her job as a successful wedding planner, she is at a crossroads in her life and things are made worse by her feeling as though her family are taking her for granted. Her husband Simon seems to take more notice of his ex wife Amanda and pander to her wishes than he does Lizzy’s, her children treat her as part of the furniture and job rejections are coming in. The last straw is when her efforts to continue the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree as a family fall apart – they clearly don’t care about her feelings so she does something completely out of character and goes off on her own to celebrate Christmas.Lizzy is not the only person feeling the pressure. Teenager Harley is having a tough time with his mother’s boyfriend and has to get away. Jack and his young son Nat are also suffering. The beach at Everdene is the place to go.This was a charming and delightful read, without being sickly sweet. The characters are perfectly drawn; from harrassed mum Lizzy, to young Harley, a young man with a wise head trying to protect his mother and younger brother, and Jack – trying to move forward with his life. The more we learn about Lizzy’s family they come across as any other normal family – not being deliberately uncaring but so used to mum being there and doing everything that they don’t always think to be more appreciative. Over the course of a few days everybody finds out something about themselves – and more importantly, what they need to change to improve their lives.I really enjoyed this. It’s a lovely uplifting, heartwarming read. Veronica Henry writes with such warmth and humour that you can’t help but be pulled into the lives of the characters. Although its set in the lead up to Christmas, the message in the story applies at any time of the year and can be enjoyed outside of the Christmas period. And I defy anyone not to fall in love with Clouseau!
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  • Sarah Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas at the Beach House by Veronica Henry was a lovely Christmas read. Written from a different perspective of Christmas the main character Lizzy is feeling unappreciated and neglected by her family so she decides to leave them all to it and goes to her friends beach hut, for a Christmas by her self. Her family come to realise what Lizzy does for them all and how much she means to them. They realise that they have neglected her and decide to make amends.I thought this was a really lovely st Christmas at the Beach House by Veronica Henry was a lovely Christmas read. Written from a different perspective of Christmas the main character Lizzy is feeling unappreciated and neglected by her family so she decides to leave them all to it and goes to her friends beach hut, for a Christmas by her self. Her family come to realise what Lizzy does for them all and how much she means to them. They realise that they have neglected her and decide to make amends.I thought this was a really lovely story and I am sure resounds with many mums and wives out there.
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    How lovely to be back at Everdene and at Christmas. I really do love the setting and all the beach huts. and this time around it is a whole new cast of characters, so the book can be read easily as a standalone. What frustrated me slightly was how long it took for all the different threads to come together in any way. The chapters flicked between different focal points, and one or two of the stories that sounded really interesting weren't focused on as much as I would like, and in the case of Ja How lovely to be back at Everdene and at Christmas. I really do love the setting and all the beach huts. and this time around it is a whole new cast of characters, so the book can be read easily as a standalone. What frustrated me slightly was how long it took for all the different threads to come together in any way. The chapters flicked between different focal points, and one or two of the stories that sounded really interesting weren't focused on as much as I would like, and in the case of Jack and Nat, I was utterly confused the first two times they appeared as I couldn't get to grips with them. However I was enjoying everything I was reading and once I felt everything joining up as you would expect in books like this, it all made complete sense and at that point I found the book was an even better story. The blurb focuses on Lizzy and she is the lynchpin of the novel, all threads keep coming back to her. She runs away from her family home a couple of days before Christmas as she is sick of being taken for granted, and what struck me most was her family's reactions and how dealt with the situation. Meanwhile at the beach huts, the others that have also decided on a different Christmas as arriving, and with their own baggage and reasoning. I loved seeing just how much Lizzy cares not just about her family but about the other people she has only just met. She has a gift for bringing people together and for managing to create Christmas out of nothing. Harley is the other main character in my eyes, he is also on the run but for different reasons and also finds himself in Everdene. He is a young adult, and just wants what is best for his mum, but is scared of the situation his family is in and knows staying away would be for the best for a bit. As the book progressed it was Harley's personal growth was the best to see and I loved seeing him develop even over the short time frame of the book. Although its a story set around Christmas it to me fell short of making me feel festive and so I think it could easily be read at any time of year. This was an enjoyable book, but as a huge fan of the author, I know that I have enjoyed others a lot more than this one. Thank you to Netgalley and Orion for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Emma Crowley
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry is just a warm hug of a book that embraces you right from the opening chapter and doesn't relinquish its enjoyable hold right until you have satisfyingly turned the very last page. When I received a copy of the book it was October and although many would say that's way too early to read a Christmas book I dove straight in. Something was calling me and I knew I had to start this little gem of a story. It's a gorgeous, relaxing read, one in which I flew Christmas at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry is just a warm hug of a book that embraces you right from the opening chapter and doesn't relinquish its enjoyable hold right until you have satisfyingly turned the very last page. When I received a copy of the book it was October and although many would say that's way too early to read a Christmas book I dove straight in. Something was calling me and I knew I had to start this little gem of a story. It's a gorgeous, relaxing read, one in which I flew through the pages and really by the end even though I loved the conclusion I just didn't want it to finish because of the lovely atmosphere and sentiment it evoked. It's definitely the perfect Christmas read to curl up on the sofa with in front of a roaring fire and with a glass of whatever takes your fancy at hand. The sentiment behind the story is just perfect - the real magic of Christmas and how it is a time for reconnecting with your loved ones - and it's a timely message that we all should remember. Funnily enough, I was slightly apprehensive before reading as the setting for this book was Everdene Sands as previously featured in The Beach Hut and The Beach Hut Next Door, both of which I have yet to read, but thankfully this didn't matter in the slightest and instantly I was caught up in the pure magic of the story.Lizzy lives in Astley-in-Arden in Pepperpot Cottage, isn't that such a cute name?, and as she sits down to write her annual round robin to go with her Christmas cards she starts to question many things. As another year draws to a close and the frantic preparations for Christmas ramp up yet another gear Lizzy, now that she has taken voluntary redundancy after 25 years as events organiser at a hotel, has time to sit back and contemplate her life. As she does this she comes to realise maybe she is not as happy as she should be at this juncture in her life? What exactly does she get out of making Christmas as perfect as it can be for her husband Simon and their teenagers Hattie and Luke when they give scant regard to all the effort she puts in? Clearly Lizzie is at a crossroads in her life where the next step/decision she makes will have an important bearing on her future. Right from the get go I warmed to Lizzie, she wanted to do everything she possibly could for her family and in the process she overlooked her own self care and mental well being. This is something that can easily happen to us all. We get so caught up in caring for everybody else that when we take a moment to stop and breath and take stock we wonder well who would do the same for us if we just halted what we were doing? I'm sure many many women will identify with Lizzie but how many of us would be brave enough to take the leap of faith that she does?Lizzie is seeking Christmas perfection this year but has she bitten off more than she can chew and is it all really appreciated by those she loves so much? She feels everything is her responsibility and a sense of gloom, panic and uncertainty begins to invade her as if her life is falling apart, spiralling out of control and she is powerless to stop it happening. All she wants is the nice tree as decorated by the family, the tasty dinner and suitable presents for all and time where the family can be together. So when Simon fails to tell her that mother-in-law Cynthia will be coming for Christmas dinner that sets the cat among the pigeons and slowly but surely Lizzie starts to think. Hold on a minute I didn't want Cynthia there so why are my wishes being disregarded? Has anyone noticed all the time and effort I am putting in? Will anyone actually notice whether I am there or not? I sensed quite early on that all of this was a culmination of events with Lizzie and it just so happened at a vulnerable time of year for many. Her own personal well being was starting to suffer and although she was offered help from professionals she believes admitting it and taking something would be a failure. Lizzie was a wonderful wife and mother but most certainly she was taken for granted and overlooked by her family. One just presumes someone will always be there to lean on and will do everything but what happens when that person is no longer there what do we do?Taking matters into her own hands and sick of being left to do everything with very little help Lizzie makes a decision to leave. She wants to become the woman she wants to be instead of the woman that suited everybody else. She flees to Everdene where her friend has a beach hut and where she thinks she can be alone to contemplate everything and to think what she is feeling about all of this and what can be done about it? On one hand admired her courage and bravery but on the other hand was it just a decision made on the spur of the moment and one she would deeply regret? Will her family sit up and take notice? If I had been Hattie I don't think I would have liked to arrive home and find my mum gone at Christmas time.As she arrives at the beach hut in the darkness of winter Lizzie is surprised to find it already occupied by a young man called Harley. I loved how we had different chapters told from both Lizzie and Harley's viewpoints leading up to their introduction allowing the reader to learn more about their backgrounds and situations. We got inside their hearts and minds to view their thought process and how they came to be at the hut. Harley hadn't had things easy either although his story was radically different to Lizzie's, they decide to spend the time together at the hut. Yes some may say why stay with a stranger but that's the wonder of this book that special things happen to remind us of the Christmas message and the author didn't make me feel as if this was unnatural or out of place. In fact at times I wished I could have joined them in the beach hut msyelf, it just seemed so welcoming and cosy and a place where all your troubles are left at the door.Harley is fleeing his own stresses and strains and as soon as he reaches the hut that he is caretaker for during the summer months he has time to reflect. Family life for Harley is not all that good and he wonders how he can get his mother and sister out the situation they find themselves in. Or have things gone too far? Lizzie and Harley opened up to each other and although Lizzie was avoiding motherly duties so to speak she took on this role with Harley. I don't think she was a person who could ever fully rest. She always wanted to help people but she had reached the point where she wanted appreciation and understanding from her family for the help, support and love she has given unconditionally for so long. Will her marriage and the family unit survive Lizzie leaving or will Simon, Hattie and Luke finally wake up and realise that people can't be taken for granted and do something to fix things before it's too late and Christmas will be tainted for ever more?The final duo to join the little unit at the beach hut is Jack and his son Nat who arrive to stay next door. Jack is still reeling from his own trauma yet wants to make Christmas the best he can for his little boy. Really he wants to crawl under the covers and forget everything but that can't happen. He has to keep going for Nat who loves the wonder of Christmas and Jack can't let this be ruined forever. Jack knows he has to start a new chapter, to leave the past behind him and to open his heart to new possibilities and friendships. By accident he meets Lizzie and Harley and he is embraced into the fold.The beach hut took on a place of sanctuary and refuge for those that needed it. It had the most stunning setting and it was small and had just what one needed. It meant that all the frivolities and extras went by the wayside and they went back to basics. The hut allowed everyone to forget about their worries and nothing bad could happen there. Problems were shared but the question remained could everyone's worries be solved? I did think the last quarter or so of the book was slightly rushed and I would have loved even more fleshing out of the resolution of everyone's issues. Saying that I did like how things were resolved it's just I was enjoying this book so much I wanted even more. That's me just being greedy I suppose. Regardless of this one minor issue I had with the book I loved every minute of Christmas at the Beach Hut. It was absorbing, captivating and sparkling and I just loved the message the author was trying to convey and I think she did this brilliantly with such sensitivity and honesty.Veronica Henry has written the most heart warming, splendid Christmas book and one which I enjoyed very much from the first word until the last. Definitely recommended to be part of your Christmas reading pile this year.
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  • Rea Cobb
    January 1, 1970
    Call me shallow but I fell in love with the cover of Christmas at the Beach Hut from the moment I spotted it on social media. I was desperate to get my hands on this book and yet it took me a couple of weeks to lay my hands on it as it seems to have sold out everywhere which isn’t surprising with it reaching the Sunday Times bestseller list. The cover has glitter on the tree and lights to really make it sparkle so I immediately began to feel all Christmas fairy like and was hoping the book would Call me shallow but I fell in love with the cover of Christmas at the Beach Hut from the moment I spotted it on social media. I was desperate to get my hands on this book and yet it took me a couple of weeks to lay my hands on it as it seems to have sold out everywhere which isn’t surprising with it reaching the Sunday Times bestseller list. The cover has glitter on the tree and lights to really make it sparkle so I immediately began to feel all Christmas fairy like and was hoping the book wouldn’t let me down and would actually have a full festive storyline rather than a mere mention of the word!The storyline alternates between our three main characters Harley, Jack and Lizzy who have all for their own personal reasons decided to escape Christmas and hide away at the Beach Huts along the coast. I think every reader will sympathise with each of the characters and their reasons for wanting to escape and it reminds us that even with the run up to Christmas when we are all in high spirits that this time of year brings its own pressures and people still have things they are trying to deal with.I loved all three of our characters but Lizzy did call out to me more with her feeling undervalued and kind of losing her way in life because of a number of issues and I actually found myself routing for her to take the time out for herself to not only make her loved ones appreciate her more but for her to take the time to put herself before others which does not come naturally to her. I found her loving and caring nature really helped Harley and Jack at their time of need.Harley was a true credit to his mum and he is a lad who has had to grow up quickly due to their family situation. Jack’s situation is truly heartbreaking especially as his whole story is revealed and I was hoping that Lizzy could ease some of the heartache he was feeling and to help his son to still be able to have his little magical Christmas.There were a lot of issues that were touched upon in this book from mental abuse to the way we handle grief and the effects on those going through the menopause and each of these were handled with dignity and care bringing awareness without sugarcoating the effects. Although these topics are at the core of the plot it didn’t make this book any less uplifting.There is a perfect amount of festivity with the timescale of the book being set only days before Christmas when the preparations begin right the way over Christmas upto the new year. I would actually go as far as saying this is my favourite Christmas read of 2018 so far.Veronica Henry is a marvellous storyteller and has such an easy effortless feel to her writing style, her words just whisk me away that is why I find her novels pure escapism. I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas at the Beach Hut and have now brought another two copies as presents to share my love for this book. Please don’t worry if you have never read any of the Beach Hut books this is a standalone book but it will just have you desperate to read the others afterwards!
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  • Agi
    January 1, 1970
    Lizzy loves her family and her home. However this year, shortly before Christmas, she starts to realize that they... well, they take her for granted. she's always there for them but they don't respect her wishes and think only about themselves. So she decides to take matters on her own hands and decides to leave. Not for good, oh no, only for Christmas, to think things over and figure out why she isn't happy any more. She flees to Everdene, where her friend has a beach hut where she can spend he Lizzy loves her family and her home. However this year, shortly before Christmas, she starts to realize that they... well, they take her for granted. she's always there for them but they don't respect her wishes and think only about themselves. So she decides to take matters on her own hands and decides to leave. Not for good, oh no, only for Christmas, to think things over and figure out why she isn't happy any more. She flees to Everdene, where her friend has a beach hut where she can spend her time on her own - right?The chapters changed between different points of view. Lizzy is actually our main character and I liked her from the very beginning. I could totally get her frustration and her need to just flee after years of taking care of everyone else and putting her own needs behind. She was so relatable, and the way she wasn't sure what to do next, her feelings and emotions were so easily brought to life by the author. Hats off to Lizzie for doing what she did, it takes for sure tons of courage to make such a step. She was such a great wife and mother but she didn't feel appreciated, and no wonder, as she was really take for granted. But the novel also tells us about Harley and Jack who, as well as Lizzy, want to escape Christmas. They all have their own personal reasons for this and believe me guys when I tell you that their stories are poignant and heart - breaking. You will understand those reasons and fell for them quickly. The author seamlessly and effortlessly allows us into the characters' heads, how gradually we learn about them, about what make them tick, about their background and histories and start to understand them.The beach hut was so welcoming, and it was a perfect place to stay - I loved the descriptions of it, it really felt as if it was a place where you could forget about all your troubles and problems and I would love to have a possibility to escape there as well. I was a little afraid to start reading this book as it is the next to "The Beach Hut" and "The Beach Hut Next Door", both of which I have yet to read, but I can easily reassure you now, after reading it, that it is a perfect stand - alone novel. However, this book didn't wow me as much as I think it would. There was nothing particularly wrong with it, it was a perfectly nice read, it was probably the last finish touch that I missed. It also felt too slow and there weren't really many turns and twists. It took a long time for all the threads to come together and there were too many characters with name that started with "H" - Hal, Hayley and I think there was another one, Hattie, and I was confused for a long time before I finally started to tell them apart. But altogether, it was a very enjoyable book about family, putting yourself first at least but not forgetting about other people, about courage and priorities. Although it is not my favourite by this author, I'd still recommend it to you if you're looking for a relaxing and relatable read and it is for sure a book that can't be missing on your Christmas wish - list or reading pile if you're Veronica Henry's fan. It touched upon many different issues, some of them more difficult and heavier than the others: mental abuse, grief, taking for granted. Veronica Henry has way with words, she's a brilliant storyteller and her writing style is easy to follow, light and inviting. It was a heart - warming, poignant, full of emotions escapism, full of stories and characters that are true to life and relatable.Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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  • Saturday's Child
    January 1, 1970
    Too late for Christmas last year but too early for Christmas this year, I still could not resist reading it.
  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    Listened to in audio format.Christmas at the Beach Hut is my first audio book finished in 2019.The book was mainly about three characters Lizzie, eighteen year old Harley, widower Jack and his young son Nat.The plot was mostly centred around Lizzie Kingham who was happily mArried to Simon and had teenage twins Luke and Hattie.Lizzie had felt out of sorts after being made redundant as an events organiser. She had a happy marriage but her life was shadowed by Simon`s glamorous ex wife Amanda, and Listened to in audio format.Christmas at the Beach Hut is my first audio book finished in 2019.The book was mainly about three characters Lizzie, eighteen year old Harley, widower Jack and his young son Nat.The plot was mostly centred around Lizzie Kingham who was happily mArried to Simon and had teenage twins Luke and Hattie.Lizzie had felt out of sorts after being made redundant as an events organiser. She had a happy marriage but her life was shadowed by Simon`s glamorous ex wife Amanda, and mother in law Cynthia.Lizzie and Simon had a blazing row when 2 days before Christmas Amanda rang and said she would be away on a skiing trip. Cynthia was supposed to be spending Christmas with Amanda, but now she was expecting to spend it with Simon and Lizzie. Simon had known about the change in plan but forgot to tell Lizzie. When Simon and the twins failed to help with the traditional decorating the tree, Lizzie decided to run away and spend the festive season in her best friends beach hut.Harley lived with his mum Leanne, her partner Nick and little brother River. Nick was mentally abusive towards Leanne and kept trying to goad Harley into a fight. Afraid he would do something he regretted Harley decided to stay in one of the Beach huts.Finally Jack was lent a beach hut to spend christmas with his son. Jack still missed his wife who had died three years earlier. He hoped to spend a quiet Christmas bonding with Nat.When Lizzie found Harley staying in the same beach hut she decided to take him under her wing. She prompted him to ring Leanne and let him know he was safe. Feeling guilty, Leanne realised she had made mistake moving in with Nick and decided to leave him.I loved the plot but it was a slow burner and took a while before the different characters got together. My favourite characters were Lizzie and Harley.Lizzie was obviously the lynchpin of her family. I thought she was very loyal to keep Cynthia`s secret from Simon. I liked the attempts of the Kingham family to find her.I liked Harley who was very mature for 18 and loved how he was willing to protect Leanne and River.This was a lovely book which left me with a warm glow. With likeable characters she can't help but cAre about. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    Such a warm, easy to read book. The pages simply fly by and before you know it you've read a huge chunk of the story and are still ready to read more!The Story. Set at Christmas time. A time which is advertised as family togetherness and bliss. But not always...Christmas time is also stressful. Tensions can rise as people are extra busy and families have to make decisions which can offend some of their nearest and dearest. This is what drives Lizzy to take a drastic decision and leave her family Such a warm, easy to read book. The pages simply fly by and before you know it you've read a huge chunk of the story and are still ready to read more!The Story. Set at Christmas time. A time which is advertised as family togetherness and bliss. But not always...Christmas time is also stressful. Tensions can rise as people are extra busy and families have to make decisions which can offend some of their nearest and dearest. This is what drives Lizzy to take a drastic decision and leave her family to fend for themselves while she has a few days away to escape from the pressure of the family at Christmas time. Lizzy has been overlooked by her family for years and now she has finally had enough. Then there is Harley, his step dad is antagonistic towards him and Harley just needs to get away before he breaks and does something he regrets. And this is how Harley and Lizzy find themselves at the beach hut together. In Lizzy, Henry has created a character that many women will identify with. Overwhelmed with up coming changes to her family life, being put upon by everyone, always putting everyone first - even her husbands ex-wife and then boom Christmas comes around and everything implodes and Lizzy goes awol. As always, Veronica Henry writes a book full of warmth and likeable characters. Well worth a read.
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  • Yvonne Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    This was just delightful....Veronica Henry is such a good story teller ....I laughted and cried and devoured every tasty morsel of this Christmas treat...totally recommend.
  • Suzisue13
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved this book. This was the first Veronica Henry book I have read but it definitely won't be the last! A story of when life amd being taken granted becomes too much that I am sure we can all relate to. A story of hope and new beginnings with a touch of Christmas magic
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    OMG I picked up this book and lost myself entirely into the world of Lizzy and did not want to stop reading. This is a story that will ring true with so many Mum's who are trying to juggle everything, especially at this time of year when there are even more balls to keep in the air than normal.I loved the descriptions in this book and instantly loved how cosy Pepperpot Cottage comes across and how this was then compared to the Beach Hut. I have always lived by the beach and can relate to the sea OMG I picked up this book and lost myself entirely into the world of Lizzy and did not want to stop reading. This is a story that will ring true with so many Mum's who are trying to juggle everything, especially at this time of year when there are even more balls to keep in the air than normal.I loved the descriptions in this book and instantly loved how cosy Pepperpot Cottage comes across and how this was then compared to the Beach Hut. I have always lived by the beach and can relate to the sea air clearing your head and emptying your thoughts. I loved curling up with this book and could feel myself feeling more festive as I kept reading.A brilliant book that I highly recommend, it is full of festive cheer and is a heart warming feel good read that will leave you feeling all fuzzy and you may even shed a tear or two.
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  • Hannah Symonds
    January 1, 1970
    Reading a book of Veronica's is like having a warm comforting hug. I couldn't wait to get back to the beach hut stories and this one was just as fabulous as the last. The book is broken down into three people's stories and they are ones that people I think can probably relate too. I love how Lizzy describes the beach hut and what she does for others reminds me of my mum and how much we should cherish the ones we have close. Christmas always brings families together with delicious food. I wanted Reading a book of Veronica's is like having a warm comforting hug. I couldn't wait to get back to the beach hut stories and this one was just as fabulous as the last. The book is broken down into three people's stories and they are ones that people I think can probably relate too. I love how Lizzy describes the beach hut and what she does for others reminds me of my mum and how much we should cherish the ones we have close. Christmas always brings families together with delicious food. I wanted this book to go on and on. 
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  • Sally Coles
    January 1, 1970
    Lizzy loves Christmas but it does get a bit much when all if the organisation lands on her! Having had enough of being taken for granted she ups a and leaves for the beach hut where she can relax and enjoy herself, where she soon finds out that she is not the not one with that idea and they can all have a festive time together! Another great book by this author, a perfect festive story that leaves you with a warm feeling inside
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  • Petra Q
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of Veronica Henry. I love her engaging style and warm and honest characters. I was absolutely smitten with her brand new Christmas gem of a book. I laughed and cried and was so immersed in the plot line. From the first page all the characters fell real and that is what I call a great book!
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    A really enjoyable read. Lizzy was a great character. The book flowed well !
  • Janice
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this. Veronica Henry is such a good story teller. Believable human characters with real life feelings and situations, the pages just flew by.
  • Hannah Kate Rimmer
    January 1, 1970
    Pure Christmas magic and a joy to read. The setting is beautiful and such a heartwarming story. I loved it!
  • Alexandra Nunney
    January 1, 1970
    If you're looking for a seasonal read with some depth to it then I'd recommend this book. It's my first by this author but I'll certainly be on the lookout for some of her others.
  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    This is another of my Christmas reads and so far my favourite. I recently read a short story by Henry and really enjoyed it so I was pleased to find she had written a Christmas book. I must admit it put me through a great deal of emotions, it made me smile, giggle, cry and much more. It was a wonderful read and I have bought a copy for my best friend to read over Christmas and I am lending my copy to my mom to read and I think they will both really enjoy the book.The book is centred around Lizzy This is another of my Christmas reads and so far my favourite. I recently read a short story by Henry and really enjoyed it so I was pleased to find she had written a Christmas book. I must admit it put me through a great deal of emotions, it made me smile, giggle, cry and much more. It was a wonderful read and I have bought a copy for my best friend to read over Christmas and I am lending my copy to my mom to read and I think they will both really enjoy the book.The book is centred around Lizzy Kingham who is a wife and mother of two teenagers, she has also recently taken voluntary redundancy from her job at a hotel as wedding and events planner. Life has suddenly got overwhelming for poor Lizzy, she has no job and all the jobs she has applied for have fallen through, she is worried about her children going off to university and no longer needing her anymore. She suddenly feels like she is not needed by her family and that they do not care about her. The last straw is when none of them come home to decorate the tree with her, the one family tradition that means the world to her and so she leaves for Christmas on her own.As the story unfolds we meet other characters who also need to escape Christmas. First we meet Harley, a teenage boy who is about the same age as Lizzy’s twins, his father is in prison and his mother is in a relationship with a bully of a man who likes to provoke and make Harley’s life a misery, so Harley leaves the house to stay at one of the beach huts he looks after as a part time job. This beach hut is also the same one Lizzy is staying at, they instantly become friends and help each other to have a good Christmas. The next characters to enter the scene are Jack, his son Nat and Clouseau the French bulldog. Jack and Nat have a very sad history and the memories of Christmas have all got a bit much for Jack so he decides to escape the memories and history and stay at a client’s beach hut over Christmas. This beach hut is right next door to Lizzy’s and Harley’s. We also eventually meet Leanne, Harley’s mother and River, Harley’s little brother.Left at Pepperpot Cottage is Simon, Lizzy’s husband and Hattie and Luke the twins. Eventually we also meet Cynthia, Simon’s mother and also find out why Lizzy finds it so hard to be around Cynthia. I really enjoyed how they all realised suddenly what they had put Lizzy through, they had all been wrapped up in their own lives and just taking Lizzy for granted. The sudden realisation they might have lost her for good to me was justice for their lack of care and asking Lizzy if she is ok and doing what she asks. She never asks for much and does not nag, she is always there with a smile, a listening ear and whatever they need but they have not been there for her or noticed she is not coping.There are a lot of characters in this book and I really enjoyed how Henry made all their lives entwine and made the most unlikely group of people the best of friends. I also enjoyed the little snapshots of their past, Henry did not go crazy into detail but gave just enough for the reader to understand. Jack’s memories brought me to tears, I found them really hard to read about and very moving. Lizzy’s memories of how she met Simon were very romantic but at the same time believable. I think the main thing I enjoyed about this book was how all the characters were realistic and relatable. Everything about the book feels like they are drawn from real life.I adored the ending of this book and it really put me in a festive mood. This book is a feel good read and I could not recommend it more to people, especially if what they are looking for is an easy light hearted read to make them smile. I have rated this book 5 stars out of 5 and I can not wait to read another book by Veronica Henry.This review was originally posted on my blog ladybookdragon.com
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  • Claire Mc Partlin
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book, one of my favourites this year, but Veronica Henry has always been one of my favourite authors so I'm not surprised it was so good.This book brings us back to the beach at Everdene, the place some of her other books have also been set in but at Christmas this time, and ends up being a pared down version of Christmas for everybody, without all the stresses usually associated with it.Lizzy has a lovely husband, Simon, and twin children Hattie & Luke who are about to fly the I loved this book, one of my favourites this year, but Veronica Henry has always been one of my favourite authors so I'm not surprised it was so good.This book brings us back to the beach at Everdene, the place some of her other books have also been set in but at Christmas this time, and ends up being a pared down version of Christmas for everybody, without all the stresses usually associated with it.Lizzy has a lovely husband, Simon, and twin children Hattie & Luke who are about to fly the nest, but they have been taking her for granted quite a bit, even though she has been letting them. Lizzy has recently taken redundancy and is at 'that time in life' and so everything has really gotten on top of her. So after a few additional stresses, which she really doesn't need, she decides she's had enough and her lot can sort themselves out over Christmas. So she takes off to her friend's beach hut at Everdene, a place she used to visit a lot when she was younger, but without telling her family where she was going.She thought she would be there alone to get her head together again, but as it turns out there is a (lovely) teenager, Harley, also staying there. The owner of the hut, Caroline, was planning on going there for Christmas but couldn't make it and so said to Lizzy to help herself and stay there, but had also mentioned it to Harley, who is a caretaker for the huts, saying he could use it too. Harley is also sort of running away, from his Mother's partner who is a nasty piece of work, but doesn't want to upset his Mum and little brother.Then a widower and his young son turn up in the hut next door, also trying to get away from well meaning family over Christmas, and Lizzy ends up gathering everyone around and looking after them, she is a real nurturer and just a lovely person.There are a few dramas along the way with Harley's family, and Lizzy's family trying to find her, but they all manage to sort it out eventually, and start afresh.Just a really lovely story with some great characters that left me with a lovely warm glow. One of those books I didn't want to end.
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    Lizzie has been made redundant from a job she enjoyed and is now starting to feel redundant from her family. Her twins will shortly being flying the nest and going off to university. To top it all none of her family is interested in Christmas and nobody showed up to the annual Christmas tree decorating, something they have all done together for years. So Lizzie decides to run away from Christmas and home. Whilst away, Lizzie meets a mixed group of people, all avoiding Christmas for their own rea Lizzie has been made redundant from a job she enjoyed and is now starting to feel redundant from her family. Her twins will shortly being flying the nest and going off to university. To top it all none of her family is interested in Christmas and nobody showed up to the annual Christmas tree decorating, something they have all done together for years. So Lizzie decides to run away from Christmas and home. Whilst away, Lizzie meets a mixed group of people, all avoiding Christmas for their own reasons. They come together and have their own, very different Christmas day. Many of their situations are resolved to give a satisfying end to the story.I have read and loved all of the previous books in the Everdene Beach Hut series. The previous books were set in the summer, so I thought it unique to feature a Beach Hut in a book revolving around Christmas. This book has a cosy, snuggle in front of the fire feel to it and is perfect for this time of year. However, I didn’t find it as enjoyable as the other Everdene books that came before and would love to return to those beach huts during the summer months.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    It was lovely to be back at the beach huts in Everdene again, especially at Christmastime.Lizzy loves Christmas and goes all out to make sure her family has a wonderful one. But, this year, she’s taken voluntary redundancy which has affected her more than she realised, and her husband and teenage twins tend to take her for granted. So she rebels and heads off on her own – accidentally leaving her mobile phone behind.Harley’s mum is with a man who doesn’t like him and, when he just can’t take any It was lovely to be back at the beach huts in Everdene again, especially at Christmastime.Lizzy loves Christmas and goes all out to make sure her family has a wonderful one. But, this year, she’s taken voluntary redundancy which has affected her more than she realised, and her husband and teenage twins tend to take her for granted. So she rebels and heads off on her own – accidentally leaving her mobile phone behind.Harley’s mum is with a man who doesn’t like him and, when he just can’t take any more, he also heads off on his own. Then there are Jack and little Nat, whose wife and mum passed away just before Christmas last year, so this is their first proper Christmas without her. Jack takes up his employer’s kind offer of some time in his beach hut.All the ends are tied up neatly, but isn’t that what we want in a Christmas novel? It has a real feel-good factor and I loved this book from the very first page.I’ve read all of Veronica’s books and loved every one. Christmas at the Beach Hut didn’t disappoint! This is the perfect Christmas read and I highly recommend it.
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  • Sarah Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely, festive tale that’s sure to strike a chord with anyone who’s felt under-appreciated!Another tale set around Everdene’s beach huts. You don’t need to have read the previous books in this series to follow the story (although if you haven’t, you will definitely want to after reading this!).The story of a middle-aged mum who’s suffered a few set backs and is feeling a bit lost in the run up to Christmas.As ever Veronica Henry’s characters are well rounded and considered and the attention to Lovely, festive tale that’s sure to strike a chord with anyone who’s felt under-appreciated!Another tale set around Everdene’s beach huts. You don’t need to have read the previous books in this series to follow the story (although if you haven’t, you will definitely want to after reading this!).The story of a middle-aged mum who’s suffered a few set backs and is feeling a bit lost in the run up to Christmas.As ever Veronica Henry’s characters are well rounded and considered and the attention to detail and fabulous descriptions really carried me to the chilly south coast of England.I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. And if you can find a quiet, cosy corner with a comfy chair to read it in, I suggest you go ahead and indulge!
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  • Lynda Meyers
    January 1, 1970
    this book was amazing!!a real treat to read.I could really identify with Lizzie as would a lot of other mothers I should well imagine.So often its left to mothers to do all the preparation for christmas and have it all taken for granted(quite often due to ignorance.unless you actually do it you dont realise how much work goes into it and how much time is taken up).I loved the whole idea of the story and the other characters that came into it and how they all helped each other in one way and anot this book was amazing!!a real treat to read.I could really identify with Lizzie as would a lot of other mothers I should well imagine.So often its left to mothers to do all the preparation for christmas and have it all taken for granted(quite often due to ignorance.unless you actually do it you dont realise how much work goes into it and how much time is taken up).I loved the whole idea of the story and the other characters that came into it and how they all helped each other in one way and another.I liked the ending but have to admit I was sorry to finish the book and shall miss the "very lifelike"characters.a great read that I would highly recommend.made me smile at times and was quite thought provoking.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    After I read and loved How to Find Love in a Bookshop in October, I wanted to read more Veronica Henry novels. I was so pleased that she just came out with this Christmas book because it’s helping me get into the Christmas spirit!The book features three different storylines about people who are escaping their usual Christmas plans by going to the beach and then forming some unexpected friendships. It was cozy, heartwarming, and had some depth. I definitely enjoyed it! I would say I liked How to After I read and loved How to Find Love in a Bookshop in October, I wanted to read more Veronica Henry novels. I was so pleased that she just came out with this Christmas book because it’s helping me get into the Christmas spirit!The book features three different storylines about people who are escaping their usual Christmas plans by going to the beach and then forming some unexpected friendships. It was cozy, heartwarming, and had some depth. I definitely enjoyed it! I would say I liked How to Find Love in a Bookshop more than this one...something about the bookshop was very special. If you haven’t read any Veronica Henry, you should check her out!
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Veronica Henry’s books are my guilty pleasure so to find a Christmas title was just what the Dr ordered. Sheer abandonment of any sort of reality, a warm comfy corner somewhere with any of her books and I’m a happy bunny! We revisit the quaint town of Everdene and those majestic beach huts, which seem to possess all the answers to life’s anxieties. Family quarrels, abusive relationships, heartbreak & deception all lie within these pages but there’s never any doubt of a happy ending! I can’t Veronica Henry’s books are my guilty pleasure so to find a Christmas title was just what the Dr ordered. Sheer abandonment of any sort of reality, a warm comfy corner somewhere with any of her books and I’m a happy bunny! We revisit the quaint town of Everdene and those majestic beach huts, which seem to possess all the answers to life’s anxieties. Family quarrels, abusive relationships, heartbreak & deception all lie within these pages but there’s never any doubt of a happy ending! I can’t help but hold parallels of Ms Henry’s writing, to that of early Jilly Cooper. Albeit, without the OTT sexual innuendo! An absolute joy to read at any time of the year!
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  • Jane Alexander
    January 1, 1970
    You can't beat Veronica Henry for a feelgood read. Her books are exactly what the doctor ordered if you're feeling a bit at a loss with the world. This was a curious time of year to read this particular one but, what the hell, it worked its charm. I want to live in Everdene! And I really really want a beach hut. Henry isn't afraid to handle difficult topics - she touches on domestic violence and drink driving in this one - but she does so with a light touch. She's a smart, big-hearted writer who You can't beat Veronica Henry for a feelgood read. Her books are exactly what the doctor ordered if you're feeling a bit at a loss with the world. This was a curious time of year to read this particular one but, what the hell, it worked its charm. I want to live in Everdene! And I really really want a beach hut. Henry isn't afraid to handle difficult topics - she touches on domestic violence and drink driving in this one - but she does so with a light touch. She's a smart, big-hearted writer who evokes place as well as characters.
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  • Lesley Hart
    January 1, 1970
    Just wonderfulI thoroughly enjoyed this warm-hearted and well-told Christmas tale; the entire story was built around believable settings, characters and storylines. It built empathy from the first page and was an absolute page-turner. Veronica's warm and witty style showed an understanding of family conflict/perspective which developed her characters into fully rounded and believable individuals. Twists and storylines were all developed and ensured I was hooked and couldn't wait to read on. Just Just wonderfulI thoroughly enjoyed this warm-hearted and well-told Christmas tale; the entire story was built around believable settings, characters and storylines. It built empathy from the first page and was an absolute page-turner. Veronica's warm and witty style showed an understanding of family conflict/perspective which developed her characters into fully rounded and believable individuals. Twists and storylines were all developed and ensured I was hooked and couldn't wait to read on. Just brilliant.
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