Synopsis from 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?
Get your G&T ready, put on your Christmas Spotify playlist, light up that winter spice candle and snuggle up in bed with a copy of Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller. If this doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, I’m sorry to say but you may just be a scrooge, and that means no mince pie cocktail for you!
Today it’s my stop for the Christmas at the Gin Shack Blog Tour, and let me tell you that I adored this book. I was looking for something to get me in the Christmas spirit and HQ Digital was like a digital Santa sending me this little gem of a book.
At the time, I didn’t realise that this was actually a sequel for The Gin Shack on the Beach, and I’m not lying when I say that I actually didn’t notice it until I was halfway through the book. This can be read as a standalone but still shouldn’t stop you from starting from the beginning and get to know how the Oakley West trio and the Gin Shack came about. Olive surely has her lot of adventures despite her age.
For someone that has been into YA books for so many years I was a bit apprehensive in reading a book with a mature lady. I wondered if I was able to connect with the main character but when I read the synopsis for the book and Olive’s love for gin, I knew there was a chance I have found my future self! Oh and I was so right! I can only hope to rock a segway and a jiggly Christmas jumper as good as Olive. She is a delightful character and I truly didn’t expect to laugh as much as I did. Without spoiling anything, Olive and Veronica’s fake limp incident got me a few laughing tears.
Partially, this book reminds me of the adventure books I used to read as a child. Where a group of friends always found themselves on a mysterious adventure. In this case, Olive knows that something it’s going on in Westbrook Bay and isn’t looking good for her precious Gin Shack, so she needs to get to the bottom of it (Not before getting to the bottom of her gin cocktail and bacon sandwich).
Catherine’s simplistic way of writing and charming characters make this book a beautiful holiday read. The sense of community created in this book, will make you want to move to the seaside and rent a beach hut, maybe even start your own Gin Shack (or in my case my own Rum Shack!).
If you are looking for a Christmas book that it’s funny and adventurous, with a splash of romance and drama this is the book for you.
Thanks HQ Digital for sending me a lovely e-copy of Christmas at the Gin Shack in exchange for my honest review.
Have a Ginfull Christmas!