Thank you for joining me today on the weekend blitz for Elephant and Pinky Moon by Lilac Mills. I'm delighted to be sharing my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
Twenty-eight-year-old Nina lives a quiet, unassuming life, happy (ish) with her job, maybe not quite as happy with her non-existent love-life (but who has everything) and content to trundle along with her nice, predictable daily routine.
That is, until her octogenarian grandmother talks Nina into accompanying her on holiday.
Nina envisages sedate walks along the promenade, afternoon naps by the pool, and bingo in the evening. What she actually gets is too much vodka, adult games of "pin the tail on the donkey" and dancing on a bar whilst flaunting her knickers - and that's just her gran!
The start of the story was perfect it really shows the characters personalities and it's safe to say that Nina is railroaded by her mother and grandmother Flossie into joining the latter on holiday. They were certainly a force to be reckoned with especially her grandmother and I did feel a little sorry for Nina at the way she was manoeuvred into accompanying her grandmother. However it's also a shame that she is a little on the uptight side so I was really hoping that some of Flossie's exuberance would rub off on Nina. One of the best things about this book was Flossie she really does help to make this story come alive. She is a complete live wire from discussing pants to playing a very different version of pin the tail on the donkey! Flossie and Nina are polar opposites but it just makes the story work so well.
It's safe to say I was intrigued by the title of the book and I was wondering how and if it would be explained. It's a fun and very different title so I loved the part where it all became clear.
It really is so much fun to read and I found myself smiling, giggling and cringing my way through this story which was a definite plus for me. With wonderful excursions that I wished I could go on too and some interesting and engaging characters. Making it ideal reading if you are already on holiday or even if you are dreaming of a holiday abroad it will definitely put you in a summery mood.
With witty writing that had me giggling along especially at the inappropriate bits and it definitely put me in a fabulous mood. Then factor in a gorgeous romance that just made this story all the more perfect. Before I knew it I was nearing the end and it was such a shame as I was having so much fun.
Elephant and Pinky Moon makes you want to step out of your comfort zone and embrace life!
With thanks to Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!
She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…
When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.
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