Today is the day when I decorate my house for the holiday season. To get in the mood, I thought I’d start reading this holiday novella. I was meaning to read it while taking breaks from the decorating, but instead I devoured it in one sitting.
Two sisters have just inherited a Cotswolds village pub from their father. He hadn’t been a part of their lives for many years – they haven’t even spoken to him for over twenty years – mostly due to the fact that he was an alcoholic. Nessie has just parted from her husband and Sam is escaping a scandal in London. They both need to reconnect with each other, and start afresh.
When they arrive at the pub on a dark, December night they are met with a run-down, cold, and dreary building. With the usual amount of ‘hiccups’, the girls restore the pub and aim for an opening on Boxing Day. After getting on the wrong side of some of the villagers, their hopes for making the pub a success seem in jeopardy, even with the help of their energetic cellarman and neighbouring blacksmith.
A charming, warm, holiday story with ‘real’ characters and an idyllic setting straight off of a box of chocolates, this novella will make you feel warm inside.
This novella is the first entry in the Star and Sixpence series. If you just can’t get enough of the Star and Sixpence, the author has written other titles that feature this charming pub.
Holly Hepburn‘s favourite thing is making people smile.
She has 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.