Article published on July 27, 2015.
Veronica Henry is a successful script writer for The Archers and Heartbeat. She lives in Worcestershire with her husband and two sons. This book was originally published by Penguin in 2004, when I first read it, at the library where I used to work. I have read virtually everything she has written since!
In this book, Jamie Wilding returns home to find her father about to sell their family home to local bad-boy-made good, Rod Deacon. She is horrified, as Rod was her childhood sweetheart, who stole her heart twelve years ago, and forgot to give it back.
He is now married to sultry siren Bella, and seems to have it all – but Jamie is absolutely determined he is not going to add her beloved Bucklebury Farm to the list. As she battles to save her legacy, it is only a matter of time before she has to confront the fact that she and Rod still have unfinished business.
Henry is an amusing, and inventive writer, good at dialogue, and exceptional at characterization. This book is among her best, it will make you laugh, wince and possibly cry, but I would still recommend it anyway.
Sue Goult, Loughborough
Personal read 5
Book Group 4
Wild Oats by Veronica Henry is published in pbk by Orion on Feb 12, 2015
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