Monday 4 July 2016

Guest Review: Summer at The Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn

When sisters Sam and Nessie left the city lights to take over The Star and Sixpence pub in Little Monkham, little did they realise they'd be taking on the villagers too... 
Thrown in at the deep end with a wedding to organise at the same time as launching their new hotel rooms, the last thing they need is Sam's past catching up with them.
As the scandal strikes, the only question is will the villagers stick their necks out for two relative newcomers? Or will Franny, the terrifying postmistress, see them gone for good... 

This is the third part of the serialised ebook describing events in and around the Star and Sixpence pub in the quaint country village of Little Monkham.

As we learnt in previous parts of the story, sisters Sam and Nessie have inherited the pub from their estranged father and have left their city lives to try and make a go of running it. They have met with resistance from some locals, but are becoming accepted as time goes on.  In this instalment, the pub is being prepared for a big wedding that could have far reaching ramifications, as the bride is a travel editor in a major newspaper. A good review of the pub and its newly refurbished attic bedrooms could be just the boost the business needs. In addition to all the excitement caused by the big event, there is high drama for the girls as Sam's big secret that has been referred to in previous parts of the story suddenly flares up to become national news in the worst possible way. How is this going to affect the sisters' standing in the village, and, more importantly, Sam's blossoming relationship with Joss, the barman? The romantic atmosphere surrounding the wedding preparations is also making Nessie think about her future and her involvement with Owen, the village blacksmith.

I very much enjoyed this part, and the story so far. I am looking forward to catching up with the sisters when the next instalment, Autumn at the Star and Sixpence, is released. Holly Hepburn's descriptions of the pub and the idyllic-sounding village had me once again wishing that I could visit. The rooms at the pub sounded so luxurious that I could almost picture myself lying in the deliciously comfortable bed looking out over the typically English village green.

This would be a lovely read for a summer's day in the garden or on the beach. You wouldn't necessarily have had to read the other parts of the novel to gather what's going on, but I'm sure it would make you want to seek them out to complete the picture so far. 

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