Today it’s a pleasure to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Last Orders at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn. Thank you as always to Harriet Collins (at Simon & Schuster) for my blog tour invite and copy of the book which I read in exchange for my honest thoughts.
Firstly, a little bit about the book
Ice-cold drinks, summer sun and colourful characters – welcome to the perfect village pub!
Nestled in the quiet countryside sits the cosy village of Little Monkham, home of The Star and Sixpence, a renovated pub owned by sisters Sam and Nessie. As the locals welcome the new season, it appears that change is afoot in their tiny community, and not all of it for the better . . .
Nessie is moving in with her boyfriend, leaving Sam alone in the pub. But with the arrival of new chef Gabriel causing a flutter among the women of the village, it seems that Sam might not be so lonely after all. Having just recently come out of a relationship, Sam’s attraction to Gabe is inconvenient, but that’s the least of her worries when an unexpected visitor arrives at the pub, determined to stir up trouble.
As Gabe and Sam grow closer, Little Monkham’s latest arrival threatens to reveal a secret that will turn more than one world upside down. Can Sam and Nessie work through the fall out, or is it really last orders at The Star and Sixpence?
Last Orders at the Star and Sixpence is published by Simon & Schuster and was available to buy from 8th August 2019 in paperback and ebook form…
Last Orders at the Star and Sixpence is the complete collection of Holly’s four novellas: New Beginnings at the Star and Sixpence, Christmas Kisses at the Star and Sixpence, Cosy Nights at the Star and Sixpence and Last Words at the Star and Sixpence.
I’m not a novella person, I need to devour a book whole, so Holly always makes me wait when it comes to her novels, but what I can say is that they’re worth it! Last Orders at the Star and Sixpence is the follow up to A Year at the Star and Sixpence, which takes us back to Little Monkham and has us catching up with sisters Sam and Nessie who renovated the little village pub.
Nessie has now moved in with boyfriend Owen, leaving Sam alone at the pub next door. Although, not completely alone should I say, as they’ve just hired live-in-chef, Gabe – not only a great cook, but very easy on the eye! Besides Gabe, there’s also another new Character, Laurie, making a bit of a stir in the village and causing some tension between Sam and Nessie – I was wary and suspicious of him from the start!
It was lovely to see what everyone was up to in this novel after time apart, and returning to the pub is really just like popping into your local! There’s a warm air that hits you when you first return and I just love it’s cosy, traditional vibe it gives off, as a ‘proper’ countryside pub – it’s the kind you can imagine stumbling into after an afternoon walk, with a roaring fire, calming atmosphere and friendly people; I kind of wish it was real!
Whilst this is a fun, light-hearted and uplifting kind of novel in most parts, Hepburn doesn’t shy away from tougher subjects and emotions – Nessie and Owen are going through a rather tough time in this novel, which really tugs at you. And of course, there is romance, a kiss, THAT kiss! I say no more…
Last Orders at the Star and Sixpence was a wonderful catch-up with old friends, in amongst a charming setting that is full of drama, friendship and romance. If you enjoy Heidi Swain’s novels and that feeling of a comfort blanket when reading, then do try out Holly’s novels.
About the author
Holly Hepburn has wanted to write books for as long she can remember but she was too scared to try. One day she decided to be brave and dipped a toe into the bubble bath of romantic fiction with her first novella, Cupidity, and she’s never looked back. She often tries to be funny to be funny, except for when faced with traffic wardens and border control staff. Her favourite things are making people smile and Aidan Turner.
She’s 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.
You can find Holly on Twitter
Thank you for taking the time to read my review. If you fancy stopping by on any of the other stops for Last Orders at the Star and Sixpence, you can find them below…