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    Senior Drinking

    Trying a new cocktail is an adventure one never grows out of. Olive Turner loves her Gin and makes it her mission to come up with unique Gin concoctions especially for the holiday season. Members of the Gin Shack Club meeting set out to compete in a local Cocktail Competition. Olive is a resident of a retirement home but still holds onto her Beach hut. Joy in her retreat hut is marred by an intruder. A new bar business comes to town with an unexpected owner. Antics ensue but just did not hold my interest. "A copy of this book was provided by HQ Digital via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and comments are my honest opinion."
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    The perfect festive book,

    When I first started reading ‘Christmas at the Gin Shack’, I never realised that it was the second book in a series. Though I agree that it can be read as a standalone, I believe, to have a better understanding of the characters, and how the Gin Shack came to be, book one really needs to be read first. With the launch of a competition to find the ‘Best Christmas Cocktail’, Olive sets out to win. She has a lot of determination and knows a thing or two about gin, but when things start going wrong Olive isn’t sure whether she is being sabotaged, or is just losing her mind in her old age. I enjoyed getting to know 84 year old Olive Turner and her friends Veronica and Randy – the Oakley Trio, (they all live at Oakley West Retirement Home), plus Olive’s son Richard too. The book is filled to the brim with amusing scenes, mysterious goings on, and a few red herrings to throw you off the trail too. The was a lot of depth to the plot, which is beautifully realistic too, plus very addictive. You can almost smell and taste the cocktails, though I’m glad it was almost as I detest gin! It was lovely to read a story where the cast are not young twenty-somethings finding their place in the world. Olive is a woman who knows her place already, she is fun and energetic for an octogenarian and doesn’t let anybody stand in her way (though her own body might!). If this story is anything to go by, there should be more books with older characters. ‘Christmas at the Gin Shack’, is the perfect festive book, and if you like gin too then you’re on to a winner.
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    A Seasonal Sequel Full of Festive Fizz!

    Christmas at the Gin Shack Olive returns for a seasonal sequel in this hearty serving of Christmas cheer. The Gin Shack is thriving, after the ups and downs of the first novel, and Olive and her friends are preparing for Christmas; preparations which obviously and invariably involve a lot of gin in very festive combinations. But there’s a cloud on the horizon; someone has been leaving rather rude decoupage sculptures, complete with streamers, pinned to the Gin Shack sign, and no-one seems to know who the culprit is. When a new bar opens nearby, tensions rise as someone’s past comes back to haunt them. Will the indomitable Olive triumph against the odds once again, and what of the other members of the Gin Shack crew? Will it be kisses under the mistletoe or will they be left out in the cold in the face of this new competition? It was so lovely to catch up with Olive, Richard, Skylar and co for this next instalment of the Gin Shack series. Olive is such a likeable, relatable character, and Catherine Miller captures the triumphs and tribulations of the octogenarian Olive in a charming and hilarious way. There are moments in this novel that are pure comedy gold, and Miller’s one liners always raise a smile, but this is also a novel packed with heart. The drama goes hand in hand with the humour, and there were definitely a couple of moments that were heart-hittingly poignant. This was a real feel good read, perfect for Christmas, packed with wit, humour, heart, and as many permutations of a gin cocktail as you might expect. I can’t wait to see where Olive goes next.
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