Review – Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller

So back in the summer, I was overjoyed when I was asked to join the blog tour for The Gin Shack on the Beach by Catherine Miller and here’s my review.  In short, it was blooming fab!

So when Catherine asked me if I’d like to be on her blog tour for Christmas at the Gin Shack on the day it comes out, I leapt at the chance.  The minute it popped onto my Kindle, I poured myself a big fat gin and tonic (of course), got myself comfy on the sofa and got stuck in.  I couldn’t wait to get back to read more about Olive and the Oakley West trio.

From the very first page, I was immersed completely, back into the fabulous coastal setting of Westbrook Bay, wanting to be part of  Olive’s gang! I think they have more fun in their eighties than I do in my ****ties.

In this book, Olive sadly accepts that she’s getting older and gets a new mode of transport which I thought was completely genius on the author’s part.  Hilarious images popped into my head as I envisaged Olive zooming around the town while she’s trying her hardest to create the perfect Gin Cocktail.  If only she’d have shouted up, I would have helped her!

One storyline which touched me, and I absolutely loved, was how Olive and her son’s relationship had bloomed since the developments in the last book and how he was much more present in her life and how his life was changing too.  I think this would give lots of people hope that relationships can change.

I don’t want to talk too much about the main storylines, apart from the fact that someone is trying to sabotage The Gin Shack, as I don’t want to give away the plot, but it’s a great storyline and kept me guessing.  One particular part, really surprised me, I was so not expecting it.  I love the way that Catherine throws in red herrings to keep you on your toes.  I love that the book has a really cosy mystery feel to it as well as being such fun.

I do hope that Catherine Miller has more adventures ahead for Olive.  I know she’s 84 but long may she live!

This book is filled with lots of love, lots of adventures, a lot of laughs, Christmas spirit in abundance and it warms the cockles of your heart.  It was absolutely GIN-TASTIC and I’d give it a million big fat stars!

And as a tribute to Olive, I may just have to have a gin cocktail competition of my own this Christmas.  Anyone fancy joining me!

About the book

Christmas at the Gin Shack

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? Purchase on Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo

Author Bio

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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