Sunday 18 October 2020

The Ticklemore Christmas Toy Shop - Liz Davies || Publication Day Push


You’re never too old to fall in love…

There is a disturbance in the force and octogenarian Hattie Jenkins can feel it in her water. Still active and spritely, she guesses that the miserable-looking gentleman sitting morosely in the café where she works, might be the reason.

Widowed Alfred Miller has recently moved in with his daughter because she is worried that he’s becoming too frail and forgetful to look after himself. And he’s not in the least bit happy about it, especially since his home is soon be cleared and sold. But when he enlists Hattie’s help to save some of his precious belongings, he doesn’t realise that Hattie’s mission is to save more than a few sticks of furniture. She’s on a mission to save him, too.

I was gifted my copy for the publication day push. Well, let me start with saying how much of a delight to read this was, it captured the Christmas spirit in all its glory. It was sweet, heart-warming and even brought me to the brink of tears. 

As the book opens Hattie feels something in her waters, something is going to happen that very day but she doesn't yet know what - she can't place it. So when she sees a miserable looking man sat in the cafe /bookshop where she works she is certain he is there for a reason and thats why she feels funny. This man needs her help. Alfred is been made to move in with his daughter so she can look after him, but instead he feels like a naughty child and his life feels even less fulfilled than it did.

As his daughter is set on emptying his life long home of all his belongings, his new friend Hattie has other ideas when she discovers his secret hobby and wants to help share it. Hattie is strong willed and a force to be reckoned with so she often gets her way.

Honestly the friendships in this book were unlikely but a joy to read, there was a real sense of festive community, it was just simply wonderful. Festive in the right amounts, traditional but refreshing with main characters who are slightly older makes for a great reading experience because they have life behind them and its really helped shape who they have become. Really set up my festive spirit.

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat - she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper can and travel the world in it.

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