I’ve been reading a lot of crime fiction lately and thought I’d take a wee break by reading this charming, seasonal novella. I met the protagonists when I read the Christmas novella “Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence” and thought I’d catch up with them a few months later.
In the first story, two sisters had just inherited a Cotswolds village pub from their father. He hadn’t been a part of their lives for many years mostly due to the fact that he was an alcoholic. Nessie has just parted from her husband and Sam is escaping a scandal in London. They both need to reconnect with each other, and start afresh.
“The Star and Sixpence” is a sixteenth century coaching inn – now pub.
The girls restore the pub which had fallen into disrepair. Now a few months on, they have the idea that they will host a special gourmet meal for Valentine’s Day. They even hire a celebrity chef.
Joss, the cellarman, has made himself indispensable to the pub and has caused Sam to re-access her ‘playing the field‘ ways.
Meanwhile, Jessie is more than a tad attracted to Owen, a widower who lives next door at Snowdrop Cottage. However she fears that she cannot compete with the memory of his recently deceased, and much adored wife.
A charming, warm, romantic story with ‘real’ characters and an idyllic setting straight off of a box of chocolates, this novella will make you feel warm inside.
I purchased this novella from Amazon to read on my Kindle. Just the light and easy read to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day.
If you just can’t get enough of the Star and Sixpence, the author has written other titles that feature this charming pub and the sisters who run it.
Holly Hepburn‘s favourite thing is making people smile.
She has tried many jobs over the years, from barmaid to market researcher and she even had a brief flirtation with modelling. These days she is mostly found writing.
She lives near London with her grey tabby cat, Portia. They both have an unhealthy obsession with Marmite.
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