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Monday, 30 August 2021

A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson book review

A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson book review 

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson.

A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson book review

A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson book review - The Blurb

A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson book review

Dolly Perkins and Jack Larkin have grown up in the notorious gin palaces of Birmingham.


It’s a world of happiness and friendship, but also violence and poverty. Now that Dolly runs the Daydream Gin Palace on Gin Barrel Lane she can finally control her own destiny, but sometimes fate still plays its hand. 

Keen to expand her empire, Dolly and Jack take on a new pub, but they are in for a shock when a foul smell in one of the bedrooms turns out to come from a body hidden in the wall. 

As the police hunt for their suspect, rumours abound, spread by the local urchins – happy to be used as runners for a little bit of food and a coin or two. 

But rumours can be dangerous, and as one of the worst winters on record covers everything in snow, Dolly and Jack have to fight for the lives they have made for themselves, and for the urchins that they have come to think of as family.  Will the arrival of a new baby on Gin Barrel Lane bring the promise of new hope, or will the long-awaited thaw uncover new secrets and new tragedies…


A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson - my review 

A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson book review


A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson is a historical fiction novel set in Birmingham in 1864. The book is part of a saga but can absolutely be read as a stand alone (which is what I did).

Dolly Perkins runs and co-owns the Daydream Gin Palace, a gin bar. Jack Larkin, Dollys best friend, works with his mother in the Crown Saloon across the road. Dolly wants to expand her empire and buys a new pub and puts Jack in charge. Unfortunately whilst renovating the new pub a body is found in the wall. And if that isn't enough, Ezra Morton a fellow pub and brewery owner isn't happy with Dolly expanding her business empire. 


This is a thoroughly enjoyable, feel good read. I love all of the characters, especially Dolly, and instantly warmed to them. Dolly is a fierce heroine who absolutely deserves the gin palace empire. The storyline is moderately paced and well told, with no filler or unnecessary minor storylines. I really liked the scene setting and sense of community throughout the novel. The characters all felt like they had their fitting ending ... but there is definitely room for more in the series. There is lots of humour, love, family and community and some sadness too. 


I'm giving A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson 4 stars. 

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