Review of High Tide by Veronica Henry

Published: 24th September 2015
Publisher: Orion
Pages: 336


Pennfleet might be a small town, but there’s never a dull moment in its narrow winding streets… Kate has only planned a flying visit to clear out the family home after the death of her mother. When she finds an anonymous letter, she is drawn back into her own past. Single dad Sam is juggling his deli and two lively teenagers, so romance is the last thing on his mind. Then Cupid fires an unexpected arrow – but what will his children think? Nathan Fisher is happy with his lot, running picnic cruises up and down the river, but kissing the widow of the richest man in Pennfleet has disastrous consequences. Vanessa knows what she has done is unseemly for a widow, but it’s the most fun she’s had for years. Must she always be on her best behaviour?


Thank you to Orion for kindly sending me a review copy.

“Funerals in Pennfleet were rather like buses. There wasn’t one for ages, then two came along at once.”

Kate’s story opens the plot beautifully with strong descriptions of the seaside town of Pennfleet as she returns from New York City for her mother’s funeral, a well loved member of the friendly community. Sam’s story was really heartwarming; a widow with two teenage children in a new home, always trying to make them happy and in return, they have something up their sleeves. I enjoyed that within Sam’s chapters, we sometimes heard from his two children; that was an aspect of the narrative which I thought spoke volumes. Vanessa’s story started off rather glumly on the morning of her husband’s funeral; the man who had forced her to be someone else and now, she was free but what to do? Nathan’s opening was short and sweet, much like he as a character; going out of his way to comfort a widow who is unable to grieve.

“Kissing the widow of the richest man in town probably wasn’t one of his best ideas.”

The plot flowed really well and I found myself picking up the book at intervals during the day and being completely absorbed in Veronica’s fictional world. Her descriptions are always beautiful; not too much but enough to give you a vivid picture of the surroundings. With the characters being so diverse in age, it’s a plot that pleases everyone as it conquers themes during different generations. I didn’t particularly have a favourite, but Sam could easily be the main character in his own deli based narrative..

“I bet you say that to all the cougars.”

With the blurb, you would expect certain characters to come together and be romantically involved, but that isn’t always the case; especially when it comes to a Veronica Henry novel. Jam packed with sea life, first loves, puppies and new dreams – this is one to curl up with this upcoming Autumn. I absolutely loved it.

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