Book Reviews

Starting Over (Starling Hill Trilogy 1) by Jen Silver at Affinity EBook Press

Genre Lesbian / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by jj on 08-October-2014

Book Blurb

Ellie Winters, a successful potter, is living on a remote hilltop farm inherited from her parents. Her well-ordered life is shaken apart when her past meets her present.

Robin Fanshawe, Ellie’s, philandering long-term lover, has a fragile truce with Ellie. The arrival of women from Robin's present threatens to break that tentative pact.

Charming Dr. Kathryn Moss, an archaeologist and an old lover of Ellie’s, arrives on the farm searching for a new site to dig. When she discovers a previously unknown Roman settlement and ancient burial site on Ellie’s farm, Ellie allows her to start an archaeological dig of the area.

Will Ellie also allow the rekindling of an old romance or will she stay with Robin? Can that long term relationship, albeit tentative, recover from this collision or will an old romance trump everything she knows?

Will Robin, seeing the interaction between Ellie and Kathryn, leave her womanising ways behind? Will she take a chance on giving herself wholly to the woman she loves?

These questions and the mystery of whose royal resting place is disturbed at Starling Hill are answered in this classic romance of simmering passions, anguished loss, and the wonder of love.


Book Review

This book is delightfully and incredibly charming. There is a large and diverse ensemble providing many fascinating, amusing, and lovingly delicious interactions. It is always enjoyable when an author can sculpt such intriguingly different dynamics and backgrounds for the distinctive women and men covering a wide range of ages. The collection of lesbians alone in this fairly small community in northern England generates some felicitous tension as previous pairs, possibly active pairs, and the central off again/on again couple add a saucy and crackling good dynamic. Then the magnificent secondary centerpiece must be complimented. There is a totally fascinating archaeological dig occurring on the farm of Ellie Winters, a key character and part of the off again/on again couple. This secondary but influential plot piece finds its way into most everyone's lives and comes with a startling discovery I adored. This is a positive treat from beginning to end. Splendid!

Eleanor Winters, Ellie, has lived a good deal of her life on her family farm. Her family has owned this farm for generations. It isn't much of a farm anymore, but there are egg laying chickens and large fields that the local sheep herders use just as her dad did. She is unquestionably the central character and her rocky romantic attachment to Robin weaves in and out as much as the intricacies of the *dig* popped up continuously. It seems that Ellie is adored by a good number of folks. She is a very talented potter, closely attached to her roots, and apparently a remarkable teacher. She is also a very fine mother possibly much to her ex-husband's dismay. Although rattled by the age she is reaching, she still projects a solid, loving, attentive, and cooperative nature. She is a positive dear. Beautiful!

Robin Fanshawe left home at a fairly early age and has been on her own and cattin' around probably since her freedom blasted open for her. However, she has technically been with Ellie for almost two decades with her base of operations that enchanting family farm of Ellies. However, she finds herself being booted off the farm by that very same Ellie. Oh my. That is kind of traumatic, but shouldn't it have been expected for a dedicated philanderer? Nevertheless, Robin is also really a survivalist, talented at her job, and tries not to drink too much too often...pretty good advice for anybody. She is an exceptional counterpoint to Ellie and I sure hope they get back together, but the odds do not look too good. Excruciating!

Many of the primary characters bop in and out of beds with various folks as if they were training for the Olympics, if there were such a category. Additionally some under the cover and somewhat despicable doings occur around the rapidly enlarging archeological dig. More spice! This book is just a treasure trove, I loved it, and I most certainly recommend it. Hop over to northern England and have yourself a blast! Exhilarating!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 231 pages/65150 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-October-2014
Price $5.99 ebook
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