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
You may also like
BESTSELLING AUTHORS PAULA HAWKINS, J.K. ROWLING AND JOE WICKS HONOURED AT SPECSAVERS BESTSELLER AWARDS, POWERED BY NIELSEN BOOKArticle on BookChap
London, Wednesday 25 January 2017 The ‘Class of 2016’ join the Hall of Fame alongside ......