I’m delighted to be featuring lovely Catherine Miller today to celebrate her latest book, The Gin Shack on the Beach.
Catherine was kind enough to write a piece for Linda’s Book Bag previously, about striving for what we want that you can read here.
Published by HQ Digital on 5th June 2017, The Gin Shack on the Beach is available for purchase here.
The Gin Shack on the Beach
You’re never too old to try something new!
When octogenarian Olive Turner is persuaded by her son to move into a retirement home, she congratulates herself on finding the secret to an easy life: no washing up, cooking or cleaning. But Olive isn’t one for mindless bingo with her fellow residents, and before the first day is over she’s already hatching a plan to escape back to her beloved beach hut and indulge in her secret passion for a very good gin & tonic.
Before long Olive’s secret is out and turning into something wonderful and new. Only a select few are invited, but word spreads quickly about the weekly meetings of The Gin Shack Club. Soon everybody on the beach wants to become a gin connoisseur and join Olive on her journey to never being forced to grow older than you feel.
A journey of friendship, defiance and a quest for the perfect G&T.
My Review of The Gin Shack on the Beach
Olive Turner agrees to move into a retirement apartment but she isn’t going to let her son Richard take her beach hut away without a fight!
What a lovely summery story this is. There’s a real sense of place and community on the beach and The Gin Shack on the Beach made me wish I had a beach hut of my own.
Firstly, I really enjoyed the way in which Catherine Miller has created a cast of lively and often feisty characters whatever their ages. I found Richard so frustrating but there is a history to be uncovered in the relationship between him and Olive that explains why they act as they do towards one another. Matron is despicable and again, there’s more to her than meets the eye so that as well as a light summer read, The Gin Shack on the Beach has mystery too.
I thought the plot was hugely entertaining. Olive and her gang encounter brushes with police, adventure and romance as Catherine Miller explores friendship, loyalty and the search for the perfect G+T. Indeed, it did make me wonder just what kind of research went in to this aspect as I never knew there were so many gins to taste! As I read I thought what a marvellous Sunday night series on television this would make.
The element that took me by surprise was the range of emotions conveyed in what I thought would be a simple beach book. I certainly laughed aloud at lighter moments, but I felt sadness and compassion too so that there were more layers than I had anticipated.
The underlying principal of The Gin Shack on the Beach is that we shouldn’t judge others by age or appearance and if Olive can go skinny dipping in her 80s I’m sure we all can! There’s such positivity and entertainment here that The Gin Shack on the Beach is a feel good read I highly recommend.
About Catherine Miller
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 Carina UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016, followed by All That is Left of Us.
Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons (Uveitis and Sarcoidosis) she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn’t do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine’s writing competition.
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