Friday 23 November 2018

Guest Review: New Beginnings at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn

Part One in the brand new series from Holly Hepburn!

It’s September and the new season is bringing change to the village of Little Monkham. Nessie has moved in with the lovely Owen and his son Luke, leaving her sister Sam next door in their renovated pub, the Star and Sixpence. But is all change for the good? Sam and Joss have gone their separate ways and he’s left Little Monkham for good.
New chef Gabriel Santiago is causing a flutter among the women of the village but Sam is determined not to make the same mistake again and keeps things strictly business between them. But an inconvenient attraction to Gabe is the least of Sam’s worries when an unexpected visitor arrives at the Star and Sixpence. Who is Laurie Marsh and what does he want from the sisters?

Review: This is the first part in a new ebook series about the Star and Sixpence Inn, its owners and the villagers of Little Monkham, where the pub sits by the village green. I very much enjoyed the original stories about the inn and was delighted to find that Holly Hepburn had written a further series that takes up more or less where the other one finished. 

In this first part of the new series, we catch up with what has been happening in the lives of the owners of the Star and Sixpence, sisters Nessie and Sam Chapman. Nessie has moved out to live next door with Owen, the village blacksmith and his son, Luke, but is still very much involved with running of the pub. Sam is once more single, boyfriend Joss having left the area altogether. Other inhabitants of the village are very much the same as when we left them at the end of the last series. However, the village is buzzing with excitement over the imminent arrival of a new Michelin starred Spanish chef, Gabe Santiago, who is going to be producing some of his delicious cuisine at the inn. Young and handsome Gabe is quite an attraction for the ladies of the village, but can Sam remain immune to his charms?  In addition to all this, a stranger walks into the inn with a claim that rocks the girls' lives. 

It was lovely to return to Little Monkham and find out how things were progressing with everyone. As usual, Holly's skilful writing transported me to this lovely little village clothed in autumnal colours. You can almost imagine opening the door to the inn and walking into the welcoming warmth on a chilly evening. There are also some pretty mouthwatering dishes being prepared in the kitchen in this story; yet another reason for wishing it was all real. I'm already looking forward to the next story in the series, which I'll be starting to read as soon as it lands on my Kindle. 

To order your copy now, just click here!

If you loved Part One of the LAST ORDERS AT THE STAR AND SIXPENCE series, pre-order Part Two: Christmas Kisses at the Star and Sixpence now!

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