If you are looking for an uplifting read this week, might I suggest this wonderful book? You might associate gin with ladies (perhaps of a certain age!) but this gin club is four elderly gentlemen friends who get together to drink gin – a different variety each week – and to play gin rummy.
We meet Teddy and Lottie, two people who are united in grief at the loss of a much beloved wife and grandmother. Teddy is just beginning to come to terms with the death of Cora while their grand-daughter Lottie seems to have lost sight of what matters in life, focusing so much on her high pressure job as a barrister that her friendships and her relationship with Luke are suffering. Teddy’s letters to his wife scattered throughout the book showing just how much he missed his wife were so lovely and so emotional to read.
Teddy and his friends hatch a plan to save Lottie and Luke’s relationship. Teddy agrees to look into the modern way of dating, if Lottie and Luke try some good old-fashioned wooing. This led to many hilarious scenes as Teddy investigates the merits of Tinder v Grindr and thinks he’s not fit enough these days for speed dating. By contrast, we have the gentle courting of Lottie by Luke as they find out whether the old ways really are the best. There was also one of the funniest hen parties I’ve read about and a rather unexpected life drawing class!
More than a few times though, I was happily reading, giggling away and then author would hit me with an unexpectedly poignant moment which found me with a lump in my throat. Rosie Blake is very good at playing with your emotions that way.
This is a wonderful book filled with fabulous characters, heart and warmth. It shows that it’s never too late to have an adventure, you’re never too young for old fashioned romance, and there’s never a wrong age to stick up for your rights! The Gin O’Clock Club was a joy to read and is a proper feel good treat!
My thanks to the author for arranging a review copy of the book for me which when I checked, I realise I’ve had since March! Apologies for taking so long to get around to reading it. The Gin O’Clock Club is available now as an ebook and will be published on 20th August in paperback. You will find buying options on the Little Brown website here: The Gin O’Clock Club
From the back of the book
Bring the sparkle and fizz back into your life with the help of The Gin O’Clock Club
Lottie is always in a hurry, rushing through her days ticking tasks off her to-do lists. Teddy is worried about his granddaughter – and he knows that his late wife, Lily, would have known exactly what to say to make things better. Now that Lily has gone, it’s up to Teddy to talk some sense into Lottie.
With the help of Arjun, Geoffrey and Howard, the elderly reprobates who make up his Gin O’Clock Club, Teddy makes a plan to help Lottie find her way back to the things that really matter – family, friendship and love. But as Lottie balances a high-powered job with her reluctant attendance at whist drives, ballroom dances and bingo, Teddy wonders if she’s really ready to open up her heart to the possibility of true happiness…
Laugh, cry and fall in love with this colourful cast of characters in THE feel-good novel of the year
About the author
Rosie is an author of comic commercial fiction. She started out writing features and short stories for Cosmopolitan, The Lady, The Sunday People, Reveal and Best Magazine. Her first rom com HOW TO GET A (LOVE) LIFE was published in 2014 and Corvus Books signed her for two more: HOW TO STUFF UP CHRISTMAS and HOW TO FIND YOUR (FIRST) HUSBAND. Her latest THE HYGGE HOLIDAY is out with Little Brown now.
Rosie likes baked items, taking long walks by the river and speaking about herself in the third person.