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Book Review: Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn
Author: Holly Hepburn
Published: November 5th 2015 by Simon & Schuster
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Blurb: A perfect winter warmer story for all fans of Cathy Bramley and Scarlett Bailey.
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…
Review: Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence is the first installment in the Star and Sixpence Series. So, as you can imagine, this novella (about 90 pages) serves as an introductions of the characters and the setting. Basically, we have sisters Nessie and Sam, who after inheriting a pub in the countryside from their father, decide to leave their old lives in the city behind and make a go at running the pub. Small problem, they hadn't talked to their father in more than 20 years, know nothing about running a business and the locals do not seem to be of the most welcoming kind. So it's not going to be easy for these sisters in the Star and Sixpence.
One thing I loved about this story is how charming the setting was. I could totally picture myself in the small town, with its quirky houses and slow life. I think Holly Hepburn made a great job in creating a place where I could get lost for a few hours and she certainly picked my curiosity to see what happens next with the sisters and their new home and business. Plus, some of the locals make for really interesting characters, the old painter who couldn't really paint or the "queen" of the village who run with an iron fist from her throne in the post office. You get the picture, right?
And I'm also curious to know more about the sisters themselves, why were they willing to leave all behind to move to a place they had never even heard of? What happened with their father? Will they be able to win the local's hearts and make a success of the Star and Sixpence? Is the gorgeous neighbour interested in one of the sisters? So many questions! I cannot wait to pick the next installment and find out a bit more!