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Starting Over

Starling Hill Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary

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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 womanizing 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.

©2014 Affinity Rainbow Publications (P)2020 Jen Silver Books Ltd

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  • Margaret
  • 04-06-2020


I loved Starting Over. I loved the setting on a small farm. There was just enough drama without a lot of angst. Nicola Victoria Vincent did her usual excellent job with the narration.

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  • Jude
  • 19-10-2020

Another wonderful narration by NV Vincent

I won’t lie, the reason I wanted to listen to Starting Over was that it’s narrated by Nicola Victoria Vincent, whose narration of Cari Hunter’s books I adore so I wanted to see (hear?) what she sounded like with another author. So far I had only read one of Jen Silver’s books, Country Living, and it was a 3.5* for me. This one, her debut novel, is too. And I’ve come to the conclusion that, while Jen Silver’s books may not be my kind of books, they were totally worth my time. They don’t move me the way I prefer but they’re well-written and well-paced, the characters are complex and from the two I’ve read, they focus on older characters, which is a nice change (I read Elena Graf’s Hobbs series for the same reason). At the beginning of Starting Over, Ellie, a potter living on the farmhouse she has inherited from her parents, is angry at Robin, her philandering lover of more than twenty years and her business partner, for letting her latest fling come to visit. She has always known of Robin’s cheating ways but never until now has she had to be directly confronted to one of Robin’s other women. As if the situation wasn’t awkward enough already, after Jasmine (the London fling), more people keep arriving: Jo, her dog and the flowery van they live in; Katherine, an archaeology professor Ellie had her own retaliating fling with; Ellie’s son Aiden and his girlfriend Sophie… Add to that the discovery of old human bones in Ellie’s field and it all becomes a perfect mess. I never really got invested in whether Ellie and Robin would find their way back to each other, but I really liked Jo. She seems flighty and superficial at first, a cliché of a hippie chick, but she’s much wiser and kinder than the others deserve. And I loved Nicola Victoria Vincent narration, once more. Her talent with voices and accents made each character unique and easy to identify. All in all, I’m glad I gave this book a chance.