Hester & Harriet: Love, Lies & Linguine by Hilary Spiers

Review published on April 14, 2017.

This is a light-hearted book, based on two widowed sisters and their circle of friends, both old and new. Various characters were introduced to the reader for background purposes, but I must admit, I found the references to a previous book a little annoying. Vague hints relating to things the reader was not fully made aware of, but which had a big impact on the lives of the characters we encountered. However, the story progressed pleasantly enough and I ended up enjoying the various situations they all found themselves in. It was endearing, amusing and gave in-sight into how not to judge people too soon.

This would make a pleasant holiday read with which to while away a few hours, either relaxing on a beach or a wet afternoon. It could be described as a book of two halves – one half concentrating on the sisters, on holiday romance and discovered secrets, and the other half on their friends and their escapades. A follow-up book enlarging on some of the younger characters’ exploits with the sisters playing a minor, background role would be good.

Had I read the first book in this series, Hester & Harriet, I may have enjoyed the book more, due to knowing what the references related to. As I hadn’t, I had the impression I had been out of the room when everyone else had been privy to a secret from which I was excluded.

I fear my judgement on this book is probably clouded by having recently read the laugh-out-loud exploits of Helen Bridgett’s The Mercury Travel Club, which I have been recommending to my friends.

Lindsay Nichols 4/4

Hester & Harriet: Love, Lies & Linguine by Hilary Spiers
Allen and Unwin 9781760294663 pbk Mar 2017

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