What they say: 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.
‘A fresh new voice, brings wit and warmth to this charming tale of two sisters’ Rowan Coleman
‘You’ll fall in love with this fantastic new series from a new star of women’s fiction, Holly Hepburn. Filled to the brim with captivating characters and fantastic storylines in a gorgeous setting, Snowdrops at The Star and Sixpenceis simply wonderful. I want to read more!’ Miranda Dickinson
‘The Star and Sixpence sparkles with fun, romance, mystery, and a hunky blacksmith. It’s a real delight’ Julie Cohen
‘Like the dream pub landlady who always knows exactly what you want, Holly Hepburn has created the most delightful welcome to what promises to be a brilliant series, in the first Star and Sixpence. The sisters who inherit a tired local and must bring it back to life are warm and intriguing, the neighbours are (mostly!) friendly and the gossip is utterly addictive. I was very sad when it was time for last orders, and am already looking forward to the next round. Especially if a certain blacksmith happens to be at the bar…’ Kate Harrison
‘Warm, witty and utterly charming, Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter’s day. It left me with the most wonderful happy glow’ Cally Taylor
‘Warm, witty and laced with intriguing secrets! I want to pull up a bar stool, order a large G&T and soak up all the gossip at the Star and Sixpence!’ Cathy Bramley
‘A super sparkling star of a story and I can’t wait for part two’ Alexandra Brown
The review: I loved this book from the start. A journey to the new home of sisters Sam and Nessie gave us an insight straight away into their story; two very different sisters had inherited a pub from their father, who hadn’t been in their life for some twenty years. I am a sucker for stories on people who are taken out of their comfort zone in terms of the running of a small business, in particular those where there’s work to be done to the property, and so this was perfect for me. Add the beautiful, vivid descriptions
“The Star and Sixpence stood at the head of the green and was lit by a lone old-fashioned streetlamp just outside its door. A sign hung from a wooden pole, a painted silver sixpence next to a bright star, swaying gently in the wind”
with so much atmosphere that was somehow pretty (yes, I know!) and I was happier than you’d believe!
The locals, who were opposing the changes, were so alive, and there were some serious smile out loud moments melded with some chuckles. The secrets and also hints into their father’s life were very well placed, with some genius ways of telling us the not-so-obvious. I loved the differences between the two characters, Sam being so forthright as Nessie tried to keep everyone onside. Of course there was romance, and with it came both chemistry and heart-warming moments.
My only issue with Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence is that one or perhaps more than one of the secrets alluded to in the blurb came up and on finishing the book I felt the reader should either be filled in on it/them or else the ending should have included a hint that there was more to come. The only other option would have been that there was a prequel I hadn’t read, but there wasn’t, and so I would have wished for an ending on more of a dum, dum, duuummm … to send us to any sequels which may be to come.
All in all, I found this book mesmerizing. Charming, funny and gorgeous, with romance and a nice hint of suspense, what more could you ask for? I have already pre-ordered Valentine’s day at the Star and Sixpence (a short story)) and look forward to more from Holly Hepburn (there are Summer, Autumn and Christmas novella installments listed to come in 2016 that I will be devouring!). Brilliant Christmas read, highly recommend.