Book Review: Hester & Harriet by Hilary Spiers – and Giveaway!

51i4-a5MGoL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_When widowed sisters, Hester and Harriet, move together into a comfortable cottage in a pretty English village, the only blights on their cosy landscape are their crushingly boring cousins, George and Isabelle, who are determined that the sisters will never want for company. Including Christmas Day.

On their reluctant drive over to Christmas dinner, the sisters come across a waif-like young girl, hiding with her baby in a disused bus shelter. Seizing upon the perfect excuse for returning to their own warm hearth, Hester and Harriet insist on bringing Daria and Milo home with them.

But with the knock at their front door the next day by a sinister stranger looking for a girl with a baby, followed quickly by their cousins’ churlish fifteen-year-old son, Ben, who also appears to be seeking sanctuary, Hester and Harriet’s carefully crafted peace and quiet quickly begins to fall apart.

With dark goings-on in the village, unlooked-for talents in Ben, and the deeper mysteries in Daria’s story, Hester and Harriet find their lives turned upside down. And, perhaps, it’s exactly what they need.

What I Thought:
I recently took part in the blog tour for Hester & Harriet and to tell you how much I enjoyed the book, I probably only need to tell you how excited I was to hear that a sequel is already in the works!

I love a good mystery, and there is lots of mystery here, but it is presented in such a charming, British village way, that the book is really easy to read and incredibly funny. As part of the blog tour, I shared an extract from the book, which was one of two I had narrowed it down to share – the other was a passage where Hester and Harriet are playing Bridge with friends of theirs – and their friend is taking things a wee bit seriously. It’s hard to describe, but it really is a moment of comic relief.

As characters, Hester and Harriet have more than a touch of Miss Marple about them, but they are grounded and very real at the same time. They are tenacious and nosy and will winkle information out of anybody. I’m really pleased that we’ll be hearing more from them!

As has been my habit recently, I am running a giveaway for the copy of the book I was sent by the publisher – to enter, all you have to do Retweet the tweet I am just going to tweet (if you see what I mean…). I will pin it to my profile on Twitter and you can RT anytime up until Midday on Thursday 19th May. That’s all there is to it!

NB: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in return for an honest review and participation in the blog tour.

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