REVIEW: The Forever House by Veronica Henry
Would you know your forever house if you found it?
Hunter’s Moon is the ultimate ‘forever’ house. Nestled by a river in the Peasebrook valley, it has been the Willoughbys’ home for over fifty years, and now estate agent Belinda Baxter is determined to find the perfect family to live there. But the sale of the house unlocks decades of family secrets – and brings Belinda face to face with her own troubled past.
Publisher: Orion (18 May 2017)
The Forever House is a real feel-good read told through multiple points of view. I loved the characters and the backstory to the Willoughby family, they were all vibrant and well rounded. It’s definitely a very character driven story which makes it a rather ‘gentle’ read (I’m not really sure how else to describe it). It’s slow paced, which I found quite hard going, but that’s probably down to the fact I prefer books that grab you instantly and don’t let go until reach the end. I must confess I almost gave up at a couple of points but then the characters won me over and I’m very glad I stuck with it. It’s one of those books you can pick up and read a few chapters here and there whenever you have a moment without worrying about forgetting something important that’s happened. The slower pace felt right for the story.
I know that the way I’m talking about the book probably feels at odds to the fact that I say I enjoyed it. But the writing really was good and the descriptions meant you could really picture everything. It was a quiet little story and I can tell that others reading it could really fall in love with it because it can really get across the emotions of the characters (yes I had a tear in my eye a couple of times). For me though, these moments weren’t enough to make up for the slowness (I was about half way through before the characters started to draw me in) and there wasn’t really anything new or unique enough to offset that.
So, this is a slow paced, feel-good read, and if that’s your ‘thing’ this is totally going to blow you away. If it’s not your thing, it’s still worth a try because if you can get past the pace, the characters and setting really are fantastic.
N.B. A review copy was provided via Nudge Books in return for my unbiased opinion.