High Tide by Veronica Henry review

High Tide, a beautiful story set in a fictional Fowey-esque town, where community spirit sits hand in hand with a whole host of characters you’re bound to fall in love with.

While many might think that High Tide looks to be an easy breezy romance story, as we turned the pages and delved deeper and deeper into the story, we found that the novel focused poignantly far more on the theme of loss, wellbeing and the emotional road to recovery and, it seems, the different ways characters could get there.

While romances and new relationships blossomed throughout the book, it was stirringly poignant to read a book set in a fictional seaside village inspired by Fowey where each character has been touched by loss in some way, shape, form or another.

At such unsettling times like these, it felt very close to home and showed how, out of grief, there can sometimes bring a little good.

Veronica Henry shows how communities coming together, looking after one another, can bring so much warmth, positivity and happiness in times of loss.

The autumnal winds that sweep a picturesque seaside village after the mad rush of summer is evident in this book and it was comforting to read something which echoed the thoughts and daily life from villagers who can relax into their lives again once the bustle of summer has passed.

High Tide

Veronica Henry writes in a way that reflects the beauty of fictional harbourside town, Pennfleet, while also creating characters that ring true in a very real and comforting way. From teens still grieving over the loss of their mother to young New Yorker Kate, who returns home for her mother’s funeral, this book features a whole host of characters who you encounter in an affectionate and tumbling stir of emotions.

Not to mention Nathan, the young and handsome funeral-cab-driver-come-entrepreneur-boatman, who finds himself romantically entangled with the village’s attractive widow, Vanessa.

Every single character you meet, as well as their romances brewing, will have you smiling, laughing, yet we hope not crying. (But we won’t judge if you happen to have a pack of tissues at your side.)

More than anything, there was a strong pull of community emanating from this book. By the end, it felt as if everybody knew each other, that their stories were all somehow intertwined, and their happy endings were invariably shared. Perhaps, right now, we can all learn a thing or two from this and be kind to those around us.

A beautiful and stirring seaside read, which will leave you wondering which character you loved the most.

Book Launch: A Confusion of Mary’s with Sarah Cave, Rupert Loydell and special guest Maria Stadnicka

A Confusion of Mary's

We had the pleasure of welcoming talented poets Sarah Cave and Rupert Loydell to our bookshop for the launch of their stunning poetry book, A Confusion of Mary’s, last week along with special guest Maria Stadnicka.

During these strange and troubling times, we were pleased to welcome such an enthusiastic turn out with many familiar and smiling faces decking out the chairs before our makeshift stage where Sarah, Rupert and Maria proudly read out their work.

Sarah Cave, Rupert Loydell and Maria Stadnicka

Sarah, Rupert and Maria

While Sarah, who is currently completing her poetry PhD at Royal Holloway, is a returning poet to our wonderful shop, this was a first time visit for both Rupert and Maria.

We loved having them with us and were captivated by their words about hope, the representation of biblical Mary, and the turbulent times humanity faces throughout the world from their poetry.

Rupert Loydell reading his poetry

Rupert reading his poetry

Rupert is a professional poet, abstract artist, and Senior Lecturer in the School of Writing and Journalism at Falmouth University, inspiring many future and current writers of today.

Maria is a professional poet, journalist, and PhD researcher at the University of the West of England. Incredibly, she travelled all the way from Gloucestershire to speak at our event.

Maria reading her poetry

Maria reading her poetry

As each poet spoke, the audience listened intently with either a glass of red wine or (for the drivers!) a fresh orange juice to hand. From A Confusion of Mary’s, both Sarah and Rupert performed poetry full of wit, beautiful imagery and bursts of feminism sewn throughout.

With Rupert’s fresh sense of humour paired with Sarah’s artistic prop making and poetic flourish, it certainly made for an exciting and entertaining evening.

Sarah reading her poetry

Sarah using her props while performing poetry

As Maria took to the floor, her words swept us away as she transported us back to times of turbulence and through the eyes of childlike countenance upon witnessing national events, such as the 2017 London bridge attack and all that happened.

Treating us further to a poem not yet published and only recently written, the audience listened attentively while she read out her work with moving reverence.

As the evening drew to an end, a round of applause paraded through the room from the audience. Afterwards, copies of Sarah and Rupert’s and Maria’s poetry books were available to purchase and get signed while familiar chatter buzzed all around.

Sarah Cave and Rupert Loydell

Sarah and Rupert at the end of the evening

We loved hosting such a fantastic event filled with brilliant words and imagery and look forward to welcoming them back.

Each poets’ published works are available at Lost in Books. Please either come in and visit our shop to browse, or place an order using our online order form.

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