The Gin O’Clock Club by Rosie Blake #BookReview #Sphere #NetGalley #4.5*

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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

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A Touching, Humorous Read!        stars 4.5

A touching read about life, career, family and relationships – and how hard it is to fit them all in!

Lottie is a career girl; a barrister, she aims to be the youngest ever silk but it needs an inordinate amount of focus. When her beloved grandmother dies, Lottie needs to support her grandfather and make sure he isn’t lonely; as her best friend’s bridesmaid she need to support her – and then there’s her boyfriend Luke, ever supportive and undemanding. How will she fit them all in to her days?

I’m pretty certain this novel will ring a bell with many women; if only elastic was built into each 24 hour period, eh? But having to commit all to working hours (and later, with prep for the next day), doesn’t leave a lot of time to fit everything else in. Add in grief, lack of sleep and we’ve all been where Lottie finds herself. The Gin O’Clock Club to the rescue! This group of men, friends of her grandfather’s are a motley crew, lively and entertaining despite (or maybe because of?) their years. As young and old come together there is such a lot they have to learn from each other and in doing so they provide much entertainment. Uplifting and with huge injections of fun and laughter, this is a book with lots of highs and lows; the question is which will win out at the end of the day? A good read which I’m happy to give 4.5*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: contemporary fiction, romance
  • Format: ebook, audiobook, paperback
  • Size: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere
  • Publication Date: 01 June 2020
  • Links: Goodreads
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  •              Kobo
  •              Waterstones
  •              Wordery
  •              amazon

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Author Bio

Rosie Blake

Rosie is a writer, recovering TV presenter and mother of many children. She has written for Cosmopolitan, The Lady, Best and Reveal Magazines. She has appeared on ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. She enjoys hosting writing panels and running creative writing workshops.

She has written comic women’s fiction for Atlantic Books and Little Brown. Her latest, THE GIN O’CLOCK CLUB, a quirky inter-generational love story about friendship, gin, golf and whist, is out April 2020.

She continues to attempt to become Julia Robert’s best friend but is starting to worry it might never happen despite “liking” all her Instagram posts.

Do follow Rosie on social media – she has twins so she is always keen to chat.

Social Media

Twitter: @RosieBBooks

Facebook: @RosieBlakeBooks

Instagram: @rosiebbooks

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