Some months after her mother’s death, Cherry returns to the village she grew up in, wanting to have a final look around her childhood home before the new owners take over possession. Visiting the pub she used to work in, the owner tells her it is up for sale and Cherry decides to buy it on impulse.
We then follow her on her new adventure, as she is joined by her daughter Maggie and granddaughter Rose, who also move to Rushbrook, Somerset to help her with The Swan. Cherry is nearly 70, Maggie is 45 and Rose is 22 – three generations of the same family each dealing with their own loss and difficulties, but coming together to help each other. There’s also little Gertie, Rose’s daughter.
Having recently read lots of romance and thrillers, it was great to read something that was quite different. I mean, this book has romance in it, but it’s not the main theme. I enjoyed this, especially because there were so many interesting female characters of different ages and at different stages of life. They had all suffered setbacks, so life wasn’t perfect, but they all had their own strengths, which when put together, made them quite a formidable team. As well as the main characters, I also loved a lot of the smaller characters too such as Chloe and Amanda. Each character, no matter their importance in the text, is written so believably, that you can connect with them.
I enjoyed following Cherry, Maggie and Rose’s work in making the pub ready for opening and also the way there were some “flashback” chapters to fill in some gaps in the story. The Glastonbury one was especially interesting, but everything about the book is so well-written, that you become immersed in it all, as though you are there.
This is the first of Veronica Henry’s books I have read, but it certainly won’t be the last!
9 out of 10
This tour is a special one as we have been invited to read alongside a loved one to reflect the multigenerational themes in the book.
I chose to read THE IMPULSE PURCHASE with my mother, who I live with and often share books with. It will then be passed on to my aunt to read.
The characters of Maggie, Cherry and Rose are really inspiring multigenerational characters and the book got me thinking about the women I value in my life such as my wonderful grandma (aged 104), mum, aunts, sister and daughters.
AN UNMISSABLE READ FOR 2022 FROM SUNDAY TIMES
BESTSELLER AND QUEEN OF THE ESCAPIST READ
Published by Orion in Hardback on 3rd February 2022, £12.99.
Also available in eBook and audio formats.
A joyful and uplifting story of family, love and hope from the Queen of escapist family drama with a glamorous sparkle, Veronica Henry is loved by authors and readers alike:
‘The Impulse Purchase is a joy to read from start to finish’
‘Warm, escapist and utterly uplifting, this is Veronica Henry at her very best’
‘A book dripping in apple-flavoured sunshine’
‘Uplifting, inspiring and guaranteed to make you hungry’
With this, Veronica’s 23rd novel, she introduces us to Cherry, Maggie and Rose – mother, daughter and granddaughter, each with their own hopes, dreams and even sorrows. They have always been close, so when, in a moment of impulse, Cherry buys a gorgeous but rundown pub in the village she grew up in, it soon becomes a family affair.
All three women uproot themselves and move to Rushbrook, deep in the heart of Somerset, to take over The Swan and restore it to its former glory. Cherry is at the helm, Maggie is in charge of the kitchen, and Rose tends the picturesque garden that leads down to the river.
Before long, the locals are delighted to find the beating heart of the village is back, bringing all kinds of surprises through the door. Could Cherry’s impulse purchase change
all their lives – and bring everyone the happiness they’re searching for?
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 and is a Sunday Times bestselling author of over twenty books. Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon and can often be found cooking up the perfect seaside feast.
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