When two widowed sisters embark on a holiday to Italy, they have no idea that the trip will upend their comfortable lives forever. From the author of Hester and Harriet.
Hester and Harriet lead comfortable lives in a pretty cottage in an English village. Having opened their minds, home and hearts to Daria, a mysterious migrant, and her baby son Milo, the widowed sisters decide to further expand their own horizons by venturing forth to Italy for their annual holiday.
Back in England, Daria and Milo are celebrating - they've received official refugee status with papers to confirm they can make England their home. Meanwhile nephew Ben, who knows only too well how much he owes his aunts, is hurtling towards a different sort of celebration - one he's trying to backpedal out of as fast as he possibly can.
With a huge secret hanging between the sisters, an unlikely new love on the landscape for Hester and new beginnings also beckoning for Harriet, Italy provides more opportunities for adventure than either of them could ever have imagined. But which ones will Hester and Harriet choose?
As Hester and Harriet throw all their cards on the table in Italy, and potential catastrophe threatens Ben in England, it's anyone's guess how chaos will be kept at bay.
About the Author
Hilary Spiers writes plays, novels and short stories. She enjoys giving a voice to ordinary women in sometimes extraordinary circumstances. Hilary's first novel, Hester & Harriet, published in 2015, is a delightful introduction to these two remarkable sisters.
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Comments about Love, Lies and Linguine:
Love, Lies and Linguine is the second book in the Hester and Harriet series by British author, Hilary Spiers. For some weeks, things have not been quite right between sisters Hester Greene and Harriet Pearson. One factor is Harriet's anxiety as to whether her sister will enjoy the vacation she has organised for them in Italy (they usually go to the Scilly Isles without fail). And perhaps it has something to do with the letter that arrived weeks ago: Hester can't believe that Harriet has kept something so important secret. Is it all going to blow up while they're meant to be having a good time?
On the home front, asylum seekers Daria and Milo (the waif and baby the sisters took in over Christmas) are overjoyed to have been granted "leave to stay". Nephew Ben is studying for exams but his revision is dealt a blow when his mate Jez makes plans for Friday night, plans about which he has very mixed feelings. As he has to make more and more dubious arrangements, telling multiple untruths, Ben's misgivings escalate even as his excitement mounts.
What might Hester's holiday romance mean for her future with Harriet? And just what have Jez and Ben set in motion? All the favourite characters from the first book are given more depth in this one, and others are introduced. Those planning to read this sequel should double their pleasure by first reading Hester and Harriet as there are a few spoilers for that book in this one.
Spiers gives the reader plenty of humour whilst touching on a myriad of topics: peer pressure and the power of social media, the dangers of poor communication and jumping to conclusions, celebrity chefs, change anxiety, jealousy, secrets and lies. There are a few twists and turns in this tale, the irony of the last pages is as delicious as anything that Hetty or Ben can cook up, and the last line is laugh-out-loud funny. A heart-warming story that will have readers hoping for more of Hester and Harriet.
With thanks to GoodReads Giveaways and Allen&Unwi
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 25th January 2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3