Title: Christmas at the Gin Shack
Author: Catherine Miller
Genre: Women’s Fiction, (CHRISTMAS)
Format: pdf (in my case)
Publisher: HQ Digital
Gingle bells, gingle bells, gingle all the way…
Olive Turner might have lived through eighty-four Christmases, but she’ll never get bored of her favourite time of year. And this one’s set to be extra-special. It’s the Gin Shack’s first Christmas – and there’s a gin-themed weekend and a cocktail competition on the cards!
But, beneath the dazzle of fairy lights and the delicious scent of mince-pies, Olive smells a rat. From trespassers in her beloved beach hut to a very unfunny joke played on her friends, it seems that someone is missing a dose of good cheer.
Olive knows she’s getting on a bit – but is she really imagining that someone in the little seaside town is out to steal Christmas? More importantly, can she create the perfect gin cocktail before Christmas Eve – in time to save the day?
Thanks to HQ Digital for giving me opportunity to review.
At the beginning, I have to say that I really loved this book! I didn’t really know what to expect from it since I’ve never really heard about the author or this book but the synopsis sounded interesting so I decided to read it and see for myself. It is Christmas themed and I’m in the mood to read Christmas related books. Come on, I already want to decorate my apartment for Christmas. But it is too early (15 days more and then I can do it).
I was surprised by the age of the main character. I have never read a book where the character is 84 years old and I liked it. I loved how much she enjoyed doing all of those things for Gin Shack and being a mischief with sneaking out. But at some moments, she was really like a grandma you would know. Sadly, I didn’t grow up being close to either of my grandmas; I was living too far away and one of them wasn’t really a nice person. Sometimes as a kid, I wished I had a grandma close.
I loved the whole idea with the Gin Shack on the beach and the Gingle Bells weekend. I must say that book wasn’t all soft and cute the whole time. There were few moments where it got deep and problems occurred. At one moment, I got reminded that life could be shorter than we think it is and that we should cherish every single moment of it.
I didn’t know that this book was a sequel so I have to say that this book CAN BE read as a stand alone perfectly and without any fear that the reader won’t be able to grasp what’s happening. Maybe it is a bit hard to get a grasp of the bond between the community, but to me, it wasn’t any big of a deal.
The Oakley Trio is hilarious and I could just hope to have friend circle like this when I’m their age! It was really nice to read about their adventures and see what their mindsets are. I mean, when you read about Veronica, you would think that she is around 30 or something. We don’t really know how old Veronica is but she must be somewhere close to Olive’s age since they both live in Retirement home.
Gin cocktails!!! GIN COCKTAILS!!! I have never really drank gin (or at least I think so) but I would love to try some of those cocktails for sure. Thankfully, we have some of the recipes at the end of the book so if someone feels like trying out, it is possible. Maybe one day if I feel brave enough, I will try making one of them.
Once again, thanks to HQ Digital for providing me with the book for an honest opinion and review.
Rating: 4* out of 5