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Gin-inspired joie de vivre and fresh starts abound in this surefire summer tonic for fans of Jenny Colgan. This spritely, lighthearted tale of loss, love and picking up the pieces with gin-infused panache sees soon-to-be-fifty-year-old Jen (Juniper to her loveably eccentric dad) take on the council when the museum she works in faces closure at the hands of a slimy local businessman and councillor she has history with. Jen has been having a tough time of late, what with her husband abandoning her for a younger woman, her son off travelling in Canada, her mum’s death and her daughter recently departed for uni. But with the support of her characterful colleagues and family, not to mention “sexy silver fox” Tom, Jen finds renewed vigor for life when they hatch a plan to save the museum by transforming it into a gin distillery.
Serving up a cocktail of Victoria Wood-esque quips and droll domestic observations with a chaser of romance, this makes for a funny sunny day read.
When life gives you lemons, make gin and tonic! It's been a tough year for empty-nester Jen in her seaside Devon town; her kids have left for pastures new and her husband's left for another woman. Home alone with her eccentric home-brewing father and a Jack Russell, she is just getting her life back on track when her job at the local museum is threatened by her first love and nemesis, Councillor David Barton, who intends to sell the beautiful old building to a pub chain. But help is at hand from her colleagues: Jackie, a former Greenham Common warrior; Tish, a flamboyant historian; and Carol, mega-flirt. Plus newcomer and former campaigner, Tom. Who happens to be a widower. And quite sexy. And also the owner of a Jack Russell. The key to saving the day and putting the town back on the tourist map could lie just within reach - when reaching for a cold gin and tonic, that is. Mother's Ruin to some, gin is the making of Jen when she comes together with her friends and family to save the museum and open an artisan distillery in the basement. With its debauched local history of smuggling, can gin be the town's saviour and bring love back into Jen's life?
A brave, bold, warm, rich, amusing, engaging novel - Hello on BRIGHT STARS
A wonderful and witty page turner, combined with compelling storytelling that stays with you. - Helen Lederer on BRIGHT STARS
Bright Stars is beautifully written, has original, endearing characters and a story that pulls you along. I loved it. - Katie Fforde
A born storyteller with a gift for characterisation, she writes with warmth, lovely earthy detail... with echoes of Victoria Wood. - Daily Mail
Like a complex gin brimming with botanicals, this delicious book offers a giant swig of a story full of characters, wit and warmth. - Jules Wake, author of ESCAPE TO THE RIVIERA
The perfect pick-me-up for summer - Phillipa Ashley
Publication date: 05/07/2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
|Publication date:||5th July 2018|
|Publisher:||Allen & Unwin|
|Genres:||Humour, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,|
|Collections:||80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance, Humour,|
Lizzie Lovell was born and brought up in the West Country and now lives in an old house in the seaside town of Dawlish with its red cliffs and dodgy railway line. She has three adult children, two of them yet to fly the nest. She can be found walking the Devon lanes with her Tibetan Terriers. Or drinking gin.More About Lizzie Lovell