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.
When Hattie Jenkins first spots Alfred Miller in the café where she works, she gets a feeling that she is meant to help him in some way.
Alfred has just moved in with his daughter and is faced with the prospect of his home being cleared and sold.
When he enlists Hattie’s help to rescue some of his belongings before it’s too late, he has no idea that Hattie is not only on a mission to save his things, but to save him too.
There were so many wonderful elements to this novel, I am not sure where to begin so let’s start with the cover and how absolutely magical it is.
From the first chapter, I immediately got pulled into the lives of these characters and it was not hard to quickly grow fond of them (Sara took a bit longer to like than the others.)
The dynamic between Hattie and Alfred was one of my favourite parts of the book and it was lovely to see how their relationship developed through the novel.
Ticklemore sounds idyllic and somewhere I’d love to be able to visit at Christmas.
The Ticklemore Christmas Toy Shop had me smiling, laughing, and at times, fighting the tears.
It deals with themes of loss, love, family, friendship and community but above all, it’s about how it’s never too late for second chances in both love and life.
This is a book I really hope you’ll discover for yourself and is perfect for those Christmas reading lists.
About Liz Davis…
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.
Novel Kicks is a blog for story tellers and book lovers.
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