Olive knows that the time has come for her to go into a retirement home. She does not need full-time care, but it would be nice if she no longer had to worry about cooking and washing up.
Going into the home though means she does not want to give up her independence which is why she is very reluctant to let her lovely beach hut and all her friends there go.
Her son, Richard though has other ideas.
As does the Matron, who sees Olive as nothing but trouble.
But how can Olive and her new friends, Randy and Veronica be trouble they are elderly and in a home?
Oh they can and when it involves planning escapes, hiding in cleaning cupboards, trips in police cars and lashings of Gin then you can be sure that Matron is certainly not going to approve.
This is a joyous fun book to read. It will make you laugh, when you imagine, skinny dipping gin swilling octogenarians challenging a stuck up matron (Hattie Jacques sprang to mind instantly) that life certainly does not stop when you live in a care home. It will also make you cry and show you how friendships can be formed at any time in life and that also filling your life with all sorts of people certainly makes it an entertaining one!
This has practically everything you want in a book to keep you entertained – you have to supply the gin yourself though!
Make mine a double!
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
The Gin Shack on the Beach is out now.