I was recently fortunate enough to meet Holly Hepburn at a Spring Blogger Event hosted by the Simon and Schuster Books and the City Team where it was lovely to hear Holly read from Summer at the Star and Sixpence and to get my copy signed by her.
Summer at the Star and Sixpence will be released by Simon and Schuster on 25th April 2016 and is available for pre-order on Amazon UK, Amazon US as well as Nook, Sainsbury’s and other online retailers.
The story is part of a series of novellas featuring the Star and Sixpence pub and I previously read the short story Valentine’s Day at the Star and Sixpence, my review of which you can read here.
My review of Summer at the Star and Sixpence
With accommodation renovations underway at the Star and Sixpence, sisters Sam and Nessie are preparing to host a huge wedding for Jojo and Jamie. All appears to be going well, but Sam’s past is rapidly catching up with her.
I would say that it is best to have read Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence and Valentine’s Day at the Star and Sixpence before reading Summer at the Star and Sixpence in order to have the full picture of all the back stories to the characters, but that it really doesn’t matter if you haven’t as Holly Hepburn skilfully provides just enough information to ensure the reader can enjoy the story as a stand alone.
For such a short read there’s a fast paced and well developed plot that leaves the reader wanting more – setting up nicely the next in the series, Autumn at the Star and Sixpence, to be released in September. I would have liked just a little more at this point to resolve Sam’s story more fully as there is plenty of potential development in Nessie’s part of the narrative for the next book.
I really like the way Holly Hepburn tantalises the reader. In Summer at the Star and Sixpence Sam’s secret is finally revealed and it wasn’t entirely what I was expecting. I can’t say more without giving away the plot.
This series is really easy to read. The narrative flows along effortlessly so that the reader becomes wrapped up in the story and longs for a happy ending for all the characters – from the tyrannical post-mistress Franny who frequently adds a comedic element, to heart-broken widower Owen. That’s not to say the reader always gets what they want though!
The Star and Sixpence series is a lovely escape from daily life. The stories are quick and light to read, but with enough depth and development to make the reader feel as if they’ve been part of real people’s lives for just a little while. I’m thoroughly enjoying them.