Summer at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn

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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…

Review

In the last six months or so I have read and enjoyed ‘Snowdrops At The Star and Sixpence‘ and also enjoyed the short story ‘Valentines Day At The Star and Sixpence‘ (which is currently free!), so was mega excited to read the physical copy of the novella I received at the Spring blogger event I attended in March hosted by Books and the City, it is possibly the cutest book I’ve seen due to its size and also the cover is, as the others in the series, very pretty with the summery season showing and the beautiful birds.
 
The writing is as engaging as Holly’s other works. Capturing both the beauty of the village and surrounding areas but also capturing the characters of the Village residents as well.
 
While in ‘Snowdrops At The Star and Sixpence‘ I felt more connected too Nessie due to Sam’s mystery, this novella concentrates more on Sam so I got to know her lots more, therefore she became more endearing and less harsh than I had previously found her. Any misgivings I had about Sam was completely unfounded (she wasn’t in trouble with loan sharks which was my initial guess from book 1 – don’t know why I thought that, Sherlock Holmes I am not).
 
I absolutely adored the Star Wars part of the book, and I sympathise with Sam completely as while I have watched some films (and loved loved loved episode 7), I haven’t seen all of them the whole way through. So I completely got Sam in that moment. However her interactions with Joss and Nessie was really funny.
 
The whole pub quiz aspect with the competition between teams and homework sessions was really funny, since Franny was involved (and obviously in charge) this is no surprise. Many scenes where Franny is determined can be counted on as top entertainment in these books.
 
Owen and Nessie grown closer in parts of this book, yet at times they seem further away than ever thanks to some poor timing. I am definitely all Sam and Kathryn’s side, Owen and Nessie are one of those couples that belong together, no matter the obstacles. That is definitely something to look forward to in the future autumn and Christmas instalments.
 
Once again I love Holly’s writing, ensuring that I’m begging for more. A perfect short read for afternoon in the sun.
 
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Published by: Simon & Schuster
Gratefully received from the Publisher for review
 
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Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn

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When sisters Nessie and Sam inherit a little pub in a beautiful country village they jump at the chance to escape their messy lives and start afresh. But when they arrive at the Star and Sixpence, it’s not quite what they imagined – it’s pretty much derelict, ruined by debts, and it’s going to be a huge job to get it up and running again.

It’s just before Christmas but they are determined to relaunch on New Year’s Eve, to bring the new year in with a bang. But with nosy neighbours, miserable locals and no money to contend with, it’s not going to be easy.

And when the sisters’ past comes back to haunt them, they start to think that the fresh start they needed is very far away indeed…

Curl up with Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence – the perfect novella for those winter nights.

Poppy Does Paris by Nicola Doherty

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Paris. City of love, city of romance. The last place you want to go to on a work trip when you’re in the middle of an epic dry spell. But that’s where Poppy is headed, along with her colleague Charlie, who’s shallow and annoying but very, very good-looking. During a white-wine-fuelled session with her friend Alice, Poppy concocts the perfect plan: work by day, and have some no-strings fun with Charlie by night. Of course, it might prove a little more complicated than that, but it’s nothing Poppy can’t handle – or is it?
 
Girls on Tour is an irresistible series of interlinked stories about four friends, ordinary girls who have extraordinary fun in faraway places. Expect the unexpected, the utterly hilarious and unforgettable, on this rollercoaster ride of love, laughs, surprises and sparks. You have a VIP pass to join each girl’s adventure, so pack your bags and buckle your seatbelts, because just about anything is possible…