Saturday, 21 October 2017

Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller


Christmas at the Gin Shack
Catherine Miller
Rating: 4 stars
Amazon UK £2.99

Synopsis:

Welcome in the festive season with love, laughter and the perfect G&T in Christmas at the Gin Shack - the most uplifting holiday read of 2017!

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?

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About the Author:


When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren't full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with HQDigital UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016. She is now the author of four books and hopes there will be many more now her twins have started school. Either that, or she'll conduct more gin research on Olive's behalf.


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Review:

I was really excited when Rachel contacted me to be part of the blog tour for Christmas at the Gin Shack, because not only did I really enjoy the first one and was excited to read about all the lovely characters again - I also couldn't wait to hear if Olive had found the perfect G&T!

If you're looking for a book that has Christmas Spirit, cocktails, humour and mysterious drama, then Christmas at the Gin Shack is exactly what you're looking for. When someone mysteriously vandalises the sign to The Gin Shack and Olive suspects someone has been in her beach hut, her mind starts whirring as to who could be behind it all. Along the way there are a few more surprises but this just all adds to a wonderfully addictive story.

In this sequel, Olive and her gang enter into a Christmas Cocktail competition and some of the ones they come up with sound so delightful - especially the chocolate orange one - I'm a huge fan of chocolate orange! As well as this, I love the Christmas touches that are in the book - making it not overly Chrsitmassy. But I have to say that Olive sounds exactly like me and likes to go overboard at Christmas time - if you can't at Christmas then when can you?

With The Gin Shack on the Beach, I wasn't a huge lover of Olive's son Richard but in this second part of the series, I started warming to him and could see that he is really caring towards his mum. As well as Richard, a lot of characters from the first novel come into this one but don't worry if you plan to read this one but haven't read the first - it could easily be read as a standalone. Olive is by far my favourite character - she just has such a lovely, bubbly personality and I hope to be like her when I'm her age!

I'm not a big drinker myself and despite never drinking Gin, this book has you wanting to taste the mouth-wateringly described flavours that they have on offer at The Gin Shack - I for one didn't know that you could even get that much variety! The Gin Shack series is definitely an uplifting and lighthearted one. Again I believe that Catherine Miller is a great writer and certainly makes you believe that you're there next to Olive and her gang.

Overall, a really bubbly, humorous story with some lovely heartwarming moments and full of great characters. Thank you to the publisher for a chance to read this novel, which I have reviewed honestly.

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