03 October, 2016

Hester & Harriet by Hilary Spiers

Well, I read this in one evening so I would say yes, this book kept my interest. It is quirky and funny, with great characters.

Hester and Harriet are sisters, both widowed, who have decided to live together in a small village, the only drawback being that their boring cousins seem to think they need company. They are desperate to escape the Christmas dinner (with terrible food), and for once they have a good reason when they rescue a young woman hiding with her baby in an old bus shelter. Then their 15 year old nephew  Ben arrives on their doorstep begging to stay with them for a few days as well. The sisters peace and quiet falls apart, but maybe it is just what they need.

Daria and her baby Milo come with a mystery. Why are people looking for them? Plus it is hard to keep a secret in a small village. Add Ben into the mix (misunderstood by his parents), along with a Finbar, a homeless intellectual, and you have an entertaining book full of interesting characters and situations.

The writing is good and has a great flow. A light fun read even though it tackles some more serious issues.

Title: Hester & Harriet
AuthorHilary Spiers

Recommended by Anita S, Blockhouse Bay Library

Anita S reads widely and eclectically, but most often random non-fiction fact books, good general and teen fiction (often dystopian future types), fantasy and sci-fi if they cover a new angle on something, kids books and... actually she'll take a look at most stuff. Books are great! She also loves art and illustration

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