Blurb: 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…
Review: Where do I start? I’ve been a massive fan of Rosie Blake since How to get a Love Life? I was so touched when she messaged me asking if I would like an early copy of The Gin O’Clock Club and as always my answer was yes. I’ve had this sat on my pile for a little while at first thinking it wasn’t available until August although today is publication day of the ebook and audiobook.
This had a different feel to that of the usual Rosie novels but it still had her trademark humour in abundance. I loved the love quotes at the beginning of each chapter they made me smile. Now before I go into detail about my thoughts I have to say OMG Rosie you can tell you are a mother of twins and one other just like my sister – my nephew is obsessed with Peppa Pig and who gets a mention I was like I honestly cannot get away from that pig ha. It did make me laugh.
Another aspect I loved in abundance was Teddy’s letters to Lily they really made the chapters and I must say reading this book made me miss my grandparents terribly. Teddy was by far my favourite character an extremely good friend, an at heart romantic who wants the best for those he loves. His relationship with Luke is heartwarming although at times he really did make a mess of things but at the heart of it was his heart of gold.
I really do love stories that interlink the older and younger generation as let’s face it we’re all going to be old someday. I love that Rosie has embraced the sense of youth amongst the older generation. I would never have got my Nan on Tinder – and I loved the contrast and the trading of places. Making me wonder should we all be a little more old school at our approach to life and love.
This story focuses on love, loss, family, friendship and loneliness to name that of a few of the themes that are covered in this book and oh there is Gin.
Lottie is an interesting character, fiercely driven although she gave me palpitations at times. I found myself growing frustrated with her when she was too busy to want to spend time with her grandad it seemed like a bit of a chore to her. This made me sad as in my last year or so with my Nan we created so many lasting memories she missed Grandad but I learnt so much about her in those final memories. I could see the spiral she was falling into but deep down she is a loving person. After what can only be seen as an emotional rollercoaster Lottie started to realise and embrace what really matters in life. Her journey to make things right across the board made me warm to her, it can be easy to lose sight of the things that matter.
During a time when we’ve been forced to stop our usual routines Rosie Blake has created a story that will tug at your heartstrings and really make you think of what’s truly important in this little thing we call life.