Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day so far! On the evening that I welcomed in the official start of autumn I finished the book: A year at the star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn! (Yes it’s taken me this long to write a review about it 🙈😂). This was a sad moment for me as I was really enjoying it as it was an incredibly relaxing read with a bit of everything in it from humour to sadness and romance. I told you I was reading this book back in my August Favourite’s and I was so eager to write a review on it but at the time I hadn’t realized it would be so difficult to do it any justice at all 😂 but I have finally written this spoiler free review and I hope you like it and that it intrigues you to read this book if you haven’t already! (If you have I bet you’ll read it again as it’s that kind of book! 😂).
Roaring fires, cosy nooks and friendly locals – welcome to the perfect village pub…
When sister’s 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.
Determined to make the most of this new life, Sam and Nessie set about making the pub the heart of the village once again. But the sisters past soon comes back to haunt them, and the fresh start they needed feels very far away indeed…
Sister’s, Nessie and Sam were never close to their father but find that he has left them ownership of his pub (The Star and Sixpence in little Monkham) upon his passing. Little Monkham is far away from their lives in the city but the sisters both have things they wish to escape from so they take the leap into the unknown. When they arrive in the countryside all is not as they thought it would be as they are expected to revamp and reopen the pub in time for boxing day which is not only a short time away but a difficult feat with the mess it is in. Amidst gossip and secrets the sisters make a name for themselves and learn more about their father in the process who was respected by the village.
This book contains the whole collection hence the “year” at the Star and Sixpence and so there is a story for every season (I longed for Christmas, spring and summer and then I relished the Autumn story as I could picture it on my doorstep and then I was back longing for Christmas all over again 😂). The author, Holly Hepburn pulls you into the story so well that you become the characters, vicariously living through them as they are relatable and wanting to be a part of the village they inhabit as you visualize the beautiful countryside surroundings. With each and every word you see the views that they appreciate after they overcome each triumph, I didn’t want it to end! 😂 I wanted everything to turn out well for both Nessie and Sam and felt hatred towards all that stood in their way 🙈 I was there at their grand opening, their Halloween party and looking back on it all in their last new years event written down for us to see. I was truly disappointed that the characters had to be left behind on the pages afterwards as it all felt so real as I was given an insight into all of their lives. This book will stay with me forever.
I recommend this book to everyone and anyone who loves a story that they can loose themselves in and come out the other side feeling like they’ve been on a journey as their own character and have learnt a valuable lesson whatever it may be!
Thank you for reading! 😉💗 Have you read this book before? What did you think of it? Have a brilliant day!