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High Tide

Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (241 ratings)

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Summary

Returning to Penfleet after years in New York, Kate can't help but feel a pang of affection for the little town by the sea where she grew up. If only she were returning in happier circumstances. This last trip is full of farewells: to her childhood home, her once best friend and the life she left behind.

Kissing the widow of the richest man in town wasn't one of Nathan's best ideas. Now he can't get Vanessa out his mind. Skippering his grandfather's boat on picnic cruises up and down the river, Nathan wonders if it's time to move on. Small towns can be dangerous places if you're in the middle of a scandal.

Her husband's death has left Vanessa unsure what her role should be. After years of playing the part of a trophy wife, she can finally think about what she wants for a change.

Sam moved to Penfleet to raise his boys following the death of his wife. His deli has become the place where locals pour out their troubles and swap gossip, but amidst all the banter and laughter, has anyone stopped to notice what's troubling Sam recently?

In the narrow, cobbled streets that lead down to the harbour, the inhabitants of Penfleet live out their hopes and dreams in this gorgeously engaging novel by Veronica Henry, author of The Beach Hut.

©2015 Veronica Henry (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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not one of my favs

I have read a few of Veronica's books and really enjoyed them...this one however made me feel totally miserable! just when you think it might be on the up another negative thing happens. Gave up before the end

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Utterly terrible

In my opinion nothing about this boring, predictable, patronisingly narrated story was appealing at all.

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Not a bad story

Story wasn't too bad, however the language was a bit pretentious in bits and the readers voice highlighted this.

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Very enjoyable

What did you like most about High Tide?

Well written, relaxing and reassuring, even though the plot is at times predictable and maybe too simple. I would recommend it to anyone wanting something warm and looking for an injection of positive thinking.

What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

She is indeed a very good reader, but I didn't particularly like the use of different voices for different characters, especially the male ones. Nathan and his Grandad above all.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Romance is in the air.

I don't often read romances, but this was just what I needed. A feel-good factor of 10/10

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Discrepancies irritating

Penfleet cannot be in the North Sea and in Cornwall. As one brought up in Northumberland by the North Sea and now living in Plymouth on the South West coast bordering Cornwall this simple error irritates

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A happy book

I loved this book and it was excellently read by Anna Bentinck. I felt all the characters came alive with her reading and the story had a beginning, a middle and an end. Excellent.

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Loved it!!

Lovely story, lots of little sub plots all pulling together beautifully at the end. A real feel good story.
Perfect narration that really brought the story alive.

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Difficult to follow

this is the first Audible book that I couldn't finish. I found it difficult following

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Enjoyable story, ruined somewhat by the narration.

Would you try another book written by Veronica Henry or narrated by Anna Bentinck?

The story was well constructed, and ended satisfactorily. Some of the characters behaved in surprising ways for this type of genre, which was good.

What didn’t you like about Anna Bentinck’s performance?

Anna Bentinck is a good expressive narrator who is let down by her accents. Her locals sounded like lumpen, bovine yokels. OK, but not for the handsome love interest, please.
She made her supposedly middle-class female Londoners sound like barmaids from Eastenders. They might not have been as posh as Anna Bentinck but they wouldn't have been quite so full of glottal stops.