A Family Recipe

Written by Veronica Henry




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 . . .




A Read To Lift Your Spirits!   5 stars


What a lovely book! Very honest and true-to-life, and so very enjoyable.

Laura lives in a lovely family house in the beautiful city of Bath. The house has been in her family for several generations and although it is quite grand to outsiders, to the family it’s just home. But with her older daughter at university and her youngest daughter about to leave home for her fresher year, Laura is facing empty nest syndrome.

With both girls happy settled for the first term, Laura will have a lot of extra time on her hands and is considering doing something constructive with it but before she can come to any firm decision a crisis overtakes her life, leaving her with a whole different problem.

This is a dual-aspect novel – not only about the family, but also about the house and the generations who have dwelt there. The storylines go in several directions, resulting in a very interesting and readable novel. The characters are well-rounded, the writing is smooth, flowing and it’s very entertaining. It is a book to lift your spirits and definitely leave you with a feel-good vibe. Highly recommended.

My grateful thanks to Orion Publishing for approving my request via NetGalley.  This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: family saga, friendship, women’s fiction



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4401 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409166627
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Publication Date: 17 May 2018
  • Link to Buy: http://amzn.eu/byejFpU




Meet the Author


61E69fOSmIL._SY200_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. Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon.

Find out more at http://www.veronicahenry.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @veronica_henry







4 thoughts on “A Family Recipe

  1. This really does sound lovely! I have said that I could/would live in Bath if I ever had thee opportunity! One of the most picturesque places I have ever seen, and I love that this book is set there! Wonderful review!


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