Christmas at the Gin Shack – Catherine Miller

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Published: 13th October 2017 (HQ Digital) Christmas at the Gin Shack Cover

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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Christmas at the Gin Shack was published on the 13th October 2017 by HQ Digital. Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the blog tour and providing me with my copy of the book via NetGalley for this review.

My Review

Following The Gin Shack at the Beach, Catherine Miller has taken us back to the Gin Shack for the festive period. This is a wonderful, light-hearted Christmas read that captures the heart of Christmas.

Olive is living at Oakley West Retirement Quarters and is the young age of 84, she is and enjoying being a fundamental part of the Gin Shack community. The Gin Shack Club started in Olive’s beloved beach hut as a once a week affair which quickly evolved to becoming an actual bar with the community coming together to make it a success. Olive very happily sources the gin whilst Tony, her beach hut neighbour, runs the bar itself.

Technically, Christmas at the Gin Shack can be read as a standalone, I’d recommend that you read the first book to get the history of the characters and their relationships – I didn’t and at times had more questions than answers relating to previous events. The author shares enough information to catch new readers up with the previous book but, I believe, that if you’ve read the first book you’d be more appreciative of the in-jokes. Having said that, this is an enjoyable read in its own right and if this is anything to go by, reading the first book would be no hardship!

Olive is a fabulous character, she is the grandmother that everyone wishes they had, just the right combination of compassion and interfering!

Christmas at the Gin Shack has a bit of something for everyone – there is romance, humour, mystery and a look at family relationships. Alongside the investigation into the so-called craftiti on the Gin Shack and it’s neighbour, the Beach Café, there is also a Cocktail competition which Olive is determined that the Gin Shack will win – what ensues is a plethora of gin-inspired festive cocktails to curate and taste….some far more successful than ever!

About the Author

B1Tc3dIeBMS._UX250_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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