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A Family Recipe

Narrated by: Julia Barrie
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)
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Summary

A warm, feel-good story from best seller Veronica Henry set around the heart of the house: the kitchen. Pure food for the soul! 

Laura's life has just been turned on its head, and with an empty nest and a crumbling marriage she launches a new business from her own kitchen, making artisan jams, chutneys and relishes from her grandmother's cookbook to sell at the local farmer's market. So can her flair for cooking, her most special family recipes and a better understanding of her grandmother's past help her find a happy future? 

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©2018 Veronica Henry (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Limited

Critic reviews

"A delight from start to finish." (Jill Mansell)

"Truly blissful escapism." (Lucy Diamond)

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All’s there in love and war

I don’t know what it is really, about Veronica’s books , as they’re not my particular genre , but once picked up/ turned on I just can’t put them down. She’s a terrific story teller and although this story isn’t full of intrigue and action it’s a quiet refined story of “ a family”.
Very highly recommended

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really enjoyable listen.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters and bouncing back and forth between past and present.

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Annoyng narration

The story is reasonably interesting, though not as well written as usual and suffers from interminable lists (chapter 18!).
The really annoying feature is the narration, delivered in a cutesy, ‘bwave’ little girly voice with a reverse lisp - words like ‘thick’ turn into ‘sick’. At other times the narrator seems to have a gobstopper in her mouth and cannot pronounce words properly.
All other books by Veronica Henry have been mich more enjoyable.

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  • Linda
  • Hastings, United Kingdom
  • 14-07-18

Pretty predictable

I usually enjoy Veronica Henry's books but this was not one of her best. It was fairly easy to guess the outcomes and the characters were not very interestin

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A lot of stories within a story, but great stories!

This book wasn’t quite what I had expected - it didn’t focus on the ‘main’ character and her development as much as I thought it would. It covers two time periods and tells these from a number of different perspectives, so I found myself a bit frustrated at times waiting to get back to the ‘main’ story.

However, the different story trails throughout were interesting, and the narrator’s performances were brilliant.

Recommended as an easy, feel good listen.

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A Family Recipe

What an enjoyable feel good story loved it 🤗, good to tie all the ends up and although sad also happy!

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A family saga

Just loved this story, the characters are believable and the beautiful Bath setting works so well.
My Mum grew up in Bristol during ww2 and used to tell tales of a close friend who Ivy reminded me of.
I picked this one after listening to a poorly written and poorly read book as I knew that Veronica Henry and Julia Barry would be a safe bet and I wasn't disappointed.

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Always a listening pleasure

Just enough sugar, sadness and superb characters to sweep you along and root for each character. I enjoy the historical aspect of the stories as well. And Julia Barrie’s voice is well suited to this style of story. I always laugh and cry whilst tending my garden. A perfect friend to keep my company.

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A lovely story

I just love Veronica Henry’s books and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s a lovely easy to read story. I enjoyed it so much. Can’t wait for her next one.

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  • Rosemary
  • Launceston, Australia
  • 02-06-18

Lovely Story

I found the whole book to be delightful. The thread about Bath during WW2 was very interesting - and upsetting as I did not know the city had been bombed so heavily with such a loss of life. The other themes about love and friendhip, personal growth and forgiveness were beautifully done with a gentle touch. Veronica Henry at her best.