Synopsis: 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?
My Rating: 5/5
My Review: It has been WAY too long since I read a Veronica Henry so decided that as I loved the the last book featuring the beach hut I would make this latest VH book the next to read and that was a great decision. The story focuses on Lizzy Kingham and her clan. Lizzy has recently been made redundant and she is struggling to feel valued. Her husband always has work commitments and her older kids are off with their friends and this year she is feeling especially frazzled.
Lizzie is instantly likeable and as a woman of a certain age you can empathise with her character and how she is feeling. She decides on a whim (BRAVE woman) that she has had enough and she is going to disappear for a few days to see how her family cope without her, so she heads down to Everdene. Her friend Caroline has a beach house that remains unused while Caroline is abroad. When Lizzie arrives she begins to wonder what she has done until she runs across the teenage boy Harley who is having his own troubles.
Meanwhile Simon (lizzie’s husband) and her kids are realising what they have done, or rather haven’t done to help Lizzie. Back in everdene Lizzie and Harley become an unlikely team and then other people join the mixing pot of characters such as Nat and his young son, and Harleys mum. This book, although not what I expected was a joy to read. It was uplifting and heart warming which makes in my opinion the perfect Christmas read.