‘A Sea Change’ by Veronica Henry
Craig spends as much time as he can at the beach hut in Everdene he rents with a few of his mates. As a policeman, it is a restful change from his daily life, and he’s surfing mad.
One weekend he’s down there on his own when he notices a girl on the beach. He’s young, free and single and she catches his eye. But on this particular summer weekend, both Jenna and Craig’s lives are about to change…
‘A Sea Change’ is available from http://www.amazon.co.uk/Change-Quick-Reads-2013-ebook/dp/B00AG0SBNM and http://www.amazon.com/Change-Quick-Reads-2013-ebook/dp/B00AG0SBNM, and from all good bookshops as a ‘Quick Read’ paperback (priced at just £1 in the UK).
I have a number of the ‘Quick Read’ paperbacks because I love being able to read a whole story in one sitting (or standing, walking) and when I spotted this book (by someone I had interviewed) I snapped it up and took it with me on holiday to Germany.
The book starts in Craig’s point of view, with him slogging through Friday traffic to get down to Somerset (south-west England). Chapter two then introduces us to Jenna.
I was just getting into her when a man on a bicycle turned up with a bag of breadcrumbs for the ducks, geese and two swans (who owns swans in Germany?) and I got distracted for a while (the ducks were hilarious!).
Veronica’s description of Tawcombe was very reminiscent of my holidays spent as a youth by the (Devon) sea, although I’m pretty sure I paid little attention to the boarded up places.
Chapter two shows us Jenna’s dilemma, more than one in fact. The synopsis tells us that she and Craig will meet and we already know that he’s a policeman so a great set-up.
Chapter three opens with Craig’s heart being lifted by a sight that lifts mine; the sea. ‘Endless and blue’. We’re then told of his reasons for escaping and soon realise that his life is far from uncomplicated.
It was over halfway through the book that it becomes clear how the two are going to meet, the set-up not at all how I thought it would have been, very satisfying.
Chapter six had a superb ending (you’ll have to read the book to find out what).
The book’s conclusion was more or less what could be expected (it is a romance after all) but not only do Jenna and Craig learn a valuable lesson (as characters should), it’s definitely an “ahh” book (I’m such a softie).
A great summer read on a late summer’s day (September 23rd) and this book is now with my German friend’s younger sister who was delighted to receive it (her English is very good). I’m sure she’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a prolific blogger, podcaster, editor / critiquer, Chair of NWG (which runs the annual H.E. Bates Short Story Competition), Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition and creative writing tutor for her local county council. She is also a freelance author of numerous ‘dark and light’ short stories, novels, articles, and very occasional dabbler of poetry. Like her, her blog, http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, is consumed by all things literary. She is also active on Twitter, Facebook along with many others (listed on her blog’s Contact page). She also recently created five online writing groups and an interview-only blog.
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