Eversleigh Manor provides the perfect location for a hit new television show called Lady Jane Investigates. But before the film crew descended en masse, no-one could have predicted that romance would be brewing before the clapperboard has snapped its last.More
"Rumbustious, rustic romance....all the essential ingredients for a delightful romp." (The Daily Express)
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Veronica Henry's books are written with humour and a range of characters individual enough to keep your interest, sometimes developing over a short series as in Honeycote. This is a bit of a Honeycote add-on, and works for me.
A lot of strong female characters in this, Honor the single mother, Henty (my personal favourite), the downtrodden wife and mother who fights back, Richenda the successful TV soap actress and Madelaine, initially the archetype controlling mother to whom you warm as the book develops. In addition there's Sally, Richenda's mother, whose conversion is not quite believable, and a rather one dimensional florist femme fatale who seems about as plastic as her perfect 36Ds. This book is far more about the women than the men.
The 3 main male characters are reduced to supporting roles a lot of the time. Guy is the eligible bachelor of the title and is warm, kind but a bit other worldly on occasions, his main protagonist the bad boy vet, Johnny. My favourite is the insufferable Charles, who starts as a caricature selfish husband but ends rather differently.
Good mix of individual stories, steady pace to the book and excellently narrated by Jilly Bond. Only one voice grated - Barney the landlord's brief cameo, an ex-City type from Wild Oats here voiced as a local yokel. Recommend this as relaxing listening.