A novel about love, loss, memory, and family relationships
It is autumn time and on a peaceful Cornish beach, Finn and his sister Ava defy planning regulations and achieve a childhood dream when they build themselves an illegal beach hut. This tiny haven will be their home until Ava departs at midwinter for a round-the-world adventure. In the town, local publican Donald is determined to get rid of them. Still mourning the death of his wife, all he wants is a quiet place where he can forget the past and raise his daughter Alicia in safety. But Alicia is wrestling with demons of her own. As the sunshine fades and winter approaches, the beach hut stirs old memories for everyone. Their lives become entwined in surprising ways and the secrets of past and present are finally exposed.
This is a really hard book to review as I was really torn all the way through the book as to whether it’s a three or four star read. The book is very well written with an intriguing story line, I did enjoy reading it but I can’t say that I loved it.
The story flicks between present and past and also as Finn the brother is a writer, there is also some story telling in there, which as magical as it was to read, it kept throwing me when I was reading those parts.
The relationship between brother an sister, Ava and Finn, as children in the past was lovely to read and I really enjoyed the bond between them. In the present however I felt there bond was quite unnatural and strange and I will admit to just not getting it.
Father and Daughter, Alicia and Donald is another relationship that seemed like any other and was easy to relate to but then there is a twist which I won’t go into which for me slightly ruined the story.
The setting of the story is wonderful and the authors descriptions were very realistic and made me feel that I was at the sea experiencing the caves and the sea for myself. Also the description of the beach hut itself sounded fantastic and I could really envision myself staying there.
Overall it is a good book, unfortunately for me some parts of it I wasn’t as keen on, I would certainly read more by the author though.
Many thanks to Legend Press and NetGalley for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 3/5 stars.
The Beach Hut is available to purchase from Amazon