The Gin O’Clock Club – Rosie Blake

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Barrister Lottie is always in a hurry. She never seems to have time for her boyfriend Luke, it is all work, work, work. Her idea of a romantic night out is a quick drink in the local pub.

When her Grandmother dies, Lottie is heart-broken and is tries to split herself into three pieces so that she can be there for her grandad Teddy as well as at work and with Luke.

Teddy sees how stressed Lottie is and how much strain she is placing on her relationship. Together with his Gin O'Clock Club members, Arjun, Geoffrey, and Howard, they come up with a plan to help her. In exchange for Teddy signing up to a dating agency, now that he is on his own, Lottie and Luke are to go on old fashioned dates set up by them, but will their meddling work or will it be too much for Lottie

The Gin O'Clock Club is nothing like I imagined it would be from the title (before I read the synopsis). I was expecting young women with their fancy Gin's meeting up once a week/month etc. Oh no, this is a group of ageing pensioners who have been friends a long time who get together, their drink of choice being Gin.

The pensioners were certainly living life to the full and had some amazing and different dates for Lottie and Luke, such as life drawing, in which one of the pensioners is the naked model which wasn't good for the imagination!

I can't say that I took to Lottie at the beginning, there was just something that felt off about her and I took an instant dislike to her, however, as the story progressed she seem to change and become more carefree than uptight and I began to warm to her. Luke is the dish of the book. He is sexy, charming, well-mannered, and is madly in love with Lottie and would do anything for her.

It was nice to read a book with a mix of old and young characters in, as well as written letters from Teddy to his late wife Cora which just might bring a tear to your eyes. I also loved the little messages at the start of each chapter from an older, wiser, person on what love is.

This is a beautiful read that I rushed through as I didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed every minute of it and it goes to show that sometimes fun can come from the strangest of situations and that the key to romance in the modern world might be to look at the past and to give each other your time.

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