A Year at The Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn
Paperback: 528 pages
Published: December 29, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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. But they are determined to make the best of this new life and they set about making the pub the heart of the village once again. Their first year at the Star and Sixpence won't be easy, though nothing worth doing ever is.
But when the sisters' past comes back to haunt them, they start to think that the fresh start they needed is very far away indeed… A Year at the Star and Sixpence is Holly Hepburn's four Star and Sixpence novellas collected together as a novel for the first time.
After I had finished reading this rather substantial collection( over 500 pages) of all the four parts of the Star and Sixpence series, I felt like I am a regular at the Little Monkham pub. I got to know the quirky villages and bonded with every and each character well. I even shed a tear or two and the end of their story ( I hope Holly is already plotting a sequel to Sam and Nessie's happy ever after).
I have previously reviewed the first three parts of this book:
So here are my thoughts on the rest of the book...
I loved, loved and loved A Year at the Star and the Sixpence. It is an engaging, romantic and heartwarming book and the perfect companion for any reading occasion.
Sam and Nessie navigate through a few stormy waters and deal with a few hiccups on their way to rebuilt their pub. But with the support of their village friends especially Franny, the stern postmistress they made their year at the Star and Sixpence one fabulous adventure that brought them closer together, made them more confident and with a few cocktails on hand they learn the truth about their absent father.
Sam and Nessie's love interested Joss ( the cellarman ) and Owen (the blacksmith) were by far one of the hottest fictional hunks of 2016 ( in my humble opinion)!
I could not wait for Nessie to finally sort out her feelings for Owen because they were starting to drive me slightly crazy with their lukewarm attitude. But then Christmas came, and you know what a magical time of year that is!
The setting is one of the things that made this book such a delight to read. The description of the Star and Sixpence were so vivid, vibrant and cosy that it wasn't hard to imagine me sitting on one of the comfy sofas by the fire and nursing a cup of hot chocolate or a decadent cocktail ( depending on the time of a day).
I am already getting excited about Holly Hepburn upcoming series starring the Picture House by the Sea ( publication day the beginning of February 2017).
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