A cracking read

  • Book: The Long Weekend
  • Location: Cornwall, Pennfleet
  • Author: Veronica Henry



I absolutely loved this book – the interweaving of lives and loves, overshadowed with echoes from the past, and ultimately resolved with a view to the futures of the characters, all set against the backdrop of a beautiful boutique hotel in the Cornish town of Pennfleet, run by Claire and Luca whose own story is at a turning point.

In the best traditions of Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher, Veronica Henry has created a series of characters from different walks of life and at different stages of life that the reader quickly becomes involved with. The writing is such that the book is utterly compelling, and I was thoroughly grateful to be staying with my parents when I was reading this so that they could take charge of the kids while I immersed myself in the stories of Claire, Angelica, Nick, Trevor & Monique, Laura & Dan and the rest of the characters for an afternoon.

The Cornish seaside town plays a discreet role in the novel, providing distance from the hustle and bustle of everyday life for many of the characters, sunshine for the Bank Holiday weekend when the story is set, beautiful views, traditional beaches, and a busy old fashioned resort town – think Padstow or Fowey.

It’s great feel-good literature. It’s well written and the characters and their stories are compelling and believeable enough to keep you hooked to their utterly satisfying outcomes. Great to read on a beach but equally enjoyable in front of the fire on a rainy October afternoon.

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