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5.0 out of 5 starsThe book highlights Orphans finding family, love, and the 18th century craze for gin.
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2020
Heartwarming tale about man by family through love and kindness. Set during the era of the Gin Craze, a tragic craze among the poor.
First off, Hutchinson must've had a thesaurus sitting in front of her. She must've thought of a word, then opened the thesaurus to find the most hard-to-pronounce, obscure word to replace it. I have a very good vocabulary, but I was looking up words all the time. It made for choppy reading.
Second, there are a lot of grammar and spelling errors. I reported some. If I had reported all, I would've been doing it a good amount of the time.
Third, after those distractions, who in their right mind takes in a 13-year-old disabled girl (Dolly), then, when she's 14 has her running a gin joint and living over top of it? That's ridiculous. And she made every important decision for the family of adults except for Jack, a precocious 10-year-old boy. The adults were more like dumb juveniles than adults.
Fourth, the sniveling Snidely Whiplash character, Arthur Micklewhite, was like a typical down-on-his luck cartoon character. He was bested, so to speak, by a local gangster mafia heavy weight. I can't even remember his name!
The entire story was far fetched, and I didn't find any of the characters endearing. The character, Nancy, would always use wrong words when speaking, such as defecated instead of defected. I think that gave Hutchinson an excuse to open her thesaurus again.
I say don't bother reading this. I selected it because it was free in Kindle Unlimited, and I have a free trial offer right now.
5.0 out of 5 starsFamily does not have to be related
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2020
This was a little bit different type of story, but I enjoyed it. Nellie, the owner of the "Crown Saloon" has a tendency to take in those unfortunates needing a job and a place to live. These different types of Characters come together and become a family that care for each other.
This all takes place in a hard economic time in a historic period of England. The descriptions of the gas lamps along the streets and on the saloon is enchanting. The characters are wonderful and either likable or unlikable as villains. What a great job the author did with those characters.
Three strong women characters appeared, Nellie, Nance and Dolly, proving that women, even then, were strong and resilient. I loved the character of Dolly especially.
There were some strong mail characters such as Jack and the villain Ezra. The battle between Nellie and Ezra was a good battle.
In the worst of times the best people emerge and stand strong and tall. This entertaining and delightful story will keep you turning pages and you will enjoy reading every page. I recommend this book.
Thanks to Lindsey Hutchinson, Boldwood Books, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an advance copy of the book.
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
Sometimes the strongest family bond is the one that is made out of kindness in a harsh world. The Children from Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson is an unforgettable story of kindness, a family made, opportunities explored and hard work rewarded in life.
Despite the title, the children, Jack and Dolly are only two of the memorable main characters in this heart lifting story. Others are just as unique and colorful. In harsh times, personal strength and determination comes through. Authentic and believable, to the point where not always do the bad guys get caught. That along with the fact that the group found a way to survive based on the direct ruin of others gave me pause. Life is certainly that unclear with lines blurring at times.
Without a doubt, a page turner that holds your interest as well as giving you much to think on when you are finished.
An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
A sweet and entertaining story with a large cast of characters. Nellie, owner of a gin palace, took in Jack when he was an infant, and Dolly, a young, homeless teen, as well as a slew of homeless adults who all work in her bar and take care of each other.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe people who live and work at The Castle form a loving supportive family.
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020
I enjoyed meeting the family that runs The Castle. The characters are much like those in a melodrama, the villains are pure evil and and and heroes are pure good. I find books like this just plain fun to read. The “camp” of the book simply adds to the enjoyment.
Ten year's old Jack Larkin and his mother Nellie run The Crown Saloon on Bailey Street known to the locals as Gin Barrel Lane in the year 1857, the black country Birmingham, the pub is full of gin drinking swigglers, and Jack is like a skivvy and cannot wait for the day when he's old enough to leave this place and work on a farm in the country side in the fresh air. But then he stumbles across a girl outside by the name of Dolly Perkins thirteen year's old on the run from her step father the awful Arthur Micklewhite, he takes her in and she works for his mother and becomes a sister that he never had . His mother is in money troubles with bad man Ezra Morton and with Dollys help they become a family, and Jack finds out a secret that nellie has been holding from him all his life. This is a mixture of strong characters, all working keeping the pub running with witty sad and happy moments as you read. I really enjoyed every bit of it and do enjoy all this author work.
A lovely story. I live in Birmingham so it was great to identify with the areas mentioned in the book. I loved the ending and would've loved to read about dolly and jack growing up and maybe getting married and having a family of their own. Excellent keep up the good work I think you are on the road to being as great as your mom. Keep on writing.
This was my first read with this author. I couldn't put this book down I loved the story and felt I was living in the storey of it.eautiful good read I will be r
My first read with this another and not The last a very good read and I felt I was in the Book with the characters.I would read more books From this author nice easy read you could curl up to On your sofa or take it away on your vacation.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 18, 2020
I enjoyed this book and only reason I'm giving it just 3 stars is because I found it irritating to have to use a dictionary constantly in the first part of the book. There was no need for all the long and , to me, unrecognisable words that were being thrown in. Bearing in mind this was the 19th century and mostly uneducated characters, I found it unbelievable that they would even know the meaning of existence of such words..
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2020
I really enjoyed this book. Lots of very interesting characters and the book kept my interest right through. Nice to see some relationships developing and everlasting friendships forming. A lot of the dialogue was very amusing aswell.