I was thrilled to be included in this blog tour for Karen Louise Hollis’s fantastic book, Welcome to Whitlock Close. I adore everything 80s , so delving into this book was right up my street! It was a huge pleasure celebrating its release with a publication day party 🎉 and posting lots of fun 80s memories too.
Book 📖 blurb 🤸🏻
It’s 1981 and the Thorpe family – Robert, Sandra and their eleven-year-old daughter Louise – decide to move from the city of Lincoln to a village seven miles away. Moving into New Barnham, they must each find their place in a village where they know no-one and Louise has to start at a big new secondary school.
The cul-de-sac they move into has eight semi-detached houses. Behind each front door live people with their own lives, their own stories to tell. Soon the whole of Whitlock Close will become involved in each other’s lives, each other’s stories.
The village has its own events too and besides the households of Whitlock Close, we find out about the book club and the Village Twinning Committee, while Louise joins the City Gymnastics Club for her own adventures.
In a Close which has all types of people, and all ages from four years old to a man in his nineties, it is understandable that all kinds of emotions will be found here. From young love to the loneliness of widowhood, from temptation and addiction to fun and friendship, we find everything here in Whitlock Close.
And lots of dogs and cats.
My 🤸🏻♂️🤸🏻♂️🤸🏻♂️🤸🏻♂️🤸🏻♂️ review
I really love looking back at the 80s, so I totally enjoyed the nostalgic memories this fabulous book stirred in me as I read about the inhabitants of Whitlock Close. Such an interesting idea for a book, there was enough action and intrigue to keep me entertained and turning the pages. It is like a soap opera in book form as we are treated to the going’s on in the close in 1981-82.
For those who have lived those years this will definitely bring back memories and for those youngsters it will give you a taste of that decade perfectly.
Link to Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Welcome-Whitlock-Close-Book-ebook/dp/B0B1B4N5YZ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=3UAAR6QQX7CRH&keywords=welcome+to+whitlock+close&qid=1660852623&sprefix=whitlock+clo%2Caps%2C71&sr=8-1
I really enjoyed the reminiscent tone of this book and am looking forward to reading more about the inhabitants of the close.
What’s your best 80s memories?
Mine was the family holidays by the seaside, and of course the music 🎶 My fashion sense left a lot to be desired! But hey, everyone wore that stuff!
So for a fabulous trip back in time to my teenage years, I highly recommend this wonderful book. Sometimes it’s easier looking back than looking forward!
Thanks to Karen Louise Hollis for my preview copy and Rachel’s Random Resources for a space on this tour. All my thoughts and reviews are as a result of my own opinion.