FOR SALE: a rare opportunity to purchase a beach hut on the spectacular Everdene Sands. "The Shack" has been in the family for fifty years, and was the first to be built on this renowned stretch of golden sand...'
Jane Milton doesn't want to sell her beloved beach hut, which has been the heart of so many family holidays and holds so many happy memories. But when her husband dies, leaving her with an overwhelming string of debts, she has no choice but to sell.
THE BEACH HUT follows the stories of the people who own the beach huts, families who come to Everdene each year, people who fall in - or out of - love, remembering their pasts, or trying to forget them...
This is the sort of book that you might expect to either love or hate from the first few pages; but you may be surprised. I expected to be very underwhelmed as I started to read it, but actually I quickly came to enjoy it and I looked forward to my few moments before bedtime with the next installment. Yes, it's (very) cliched in parts, but it's also surprising in others. Each chapter follows the story of the owner(s) of a different beach hut along the row at Everdene beach. Mostly the stories involve matters of the heart - heartache, heartbreak, love, lust, etc - the quintessential ingredients of chick-lit. But that doesn't mean it's a bad book, just one that may not suit everyone. However, if you are looking for an easy but enjoyable read, most especially a holiday read, this would probably suit you well [especially if you are female...] I got this book from a charity shop for £1; I wouldn't have wanted to pay full price for it, but £1 was a very good deal when you consider how many hours of reading pleasure I got from it.
One to add to the 'Non-Taxing Holiday Read' list, if you happen to be compiling one (lucky you if you are!)