The Clerembeax Palace Hotel and Spa – Never Judge a Book
The beautiful Downshire village of Clerembeax St Giles was situated to the west of Abbeyvale located between Grace Hill and Bushy Down and on the outskirts was the Clerembeax Palace Hotel and Spa which had become very important to the lives of those living in the village community with St Giles’ Church at its hub.
It was a busy village with all the usual amenities you would expect, in addition to St Giles’ Church there was a village Hall, and primary school of the same name.
There was also the Trinity Methodists Church, Stephenson’s General store which included an off-license, newsagents and Post Office, and two pubs, Étienne of Normandy and the Saracen, and it’s at the Étienne of Normandy where Nicki Mansfield worked in the restaurant.
She was a skinny young girl, but she had plenty of admirers who clearly applied the adage, “the nearer the bone the sweeter the meat” in her regard, Nicki was of Sudanese descent, with huge black eyes and a toothy smile that lit up her face.
One of the regular customers at the restaurant was Lucy Linesbu, a very stern looking young woman with short brown hair who worked as an accountant up at the Palace.
She had a reputation for never smiling and peering superciliously over her spectacles at everyone, and was believed not to be a very joyful person.
But despite her dour exterior she was a gentle loving person with a warm and generous heart, and Nicki knew that all too well because she was in there and Lucy was in hers.