Wednesday 14 September 2016

Guest Review: Autumn At The Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn

As autumn starts to draw in and the nights are getting darker, the fire is lit at the Star and Sixpence and Nessie and Sam start to turn their thoughts to the annual bonfire night. The village comes together every year to celebrate the turning of the season and this year is going to be extra-special.

Review: This is the latest episode in a serialised ebook about the owners of the Star and Sixpence pub, and events in its location, the charming country village of Little  Monkham. 

It is now almost a year since Nessie and Sam were left the pub by their estranged father. They have become accepted in the village, even by the stern postmistress, and have renovated the pub, adding two guest bedrooms. It is becoming quite a popular venue due to its range of beers and it's comfortable beds. In this story, with it being Autumn, the girls are planning events themed to the season, including a Halloween party with fancy dress. You can almost feel the leaves turning colour and the temperature falling from the highs of summer. All is going along nicely, but things from the girls' past are increasingly catching up with them. Their love lives are progressing too, but along rocky paths. 

I am really enjoying this series of books. Everything is so well described by Holly. I really would love to visit the village and sit by the fire in the cosy bar with maybe a g&t. It is delightful to see things developing as the story unfolds and to learn more about the secrets in the past that were alluded to in earlier instalments. It is good, too, to get to know other inhabitants of the village as time goes on. I can't wait for the next instalment, Christmas at the Star and Sixpence - it's preordered already - and then the whole story is being published in ebook and paperback formats at the end of the year. 

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