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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ottercombe Bay: Gin and Trouble by Bella Osborne - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Daisy wanted to leave Ottercombe Bay as soon as possible after her Great Uncle Reg's funeral, but he found a way to make her stay. He left her an old railway station in his will, but Daisy will only inherit if she will live in Ottercombe Bay for a year. For Daisy twelve months in one place are a nightmare, but she wants to honor Reg's wishes and will give it a try. She has to make plans for some kind of exploitation of the building and wants to turn it into something she can use. It shouldn't be a piece of property that sits there and costs her money. Will she be able to come up with a profitable plan?

Daisy is feeling a little bit more at home in Ottercombe Bay and spends quite a bit of time with friends, which makes her feel a little less restless. She has a good relationship with her aunt and staying for twelve months doesn't seem to be as daunting as it used to. She still wants to travel, but she thinks she can manage looking after the building she's been left, at least for a year. The idea she has for the station means a lot of work, can she handle everything that will come her way?

Gin and Trouble is another wonderful Ottercombe Bay story. Daisy has a fabulous spiky attitude. She's strong, stubborn and fierce and she's built sky high walls around her heart. Being in the company of people who like and appreciate her makes her a little bit more mellow though and it was interesting to see what that would do to her. I loved Daisy from the start, she has an intriguing multilayered personality that's a lot of fun to read about and her adventures are fabulous.

Bella Osborne's descriptive writing style makes her story come to life in a fantastic way. I could easily picture the building with it's quirks and hidden gems and issues. It's a perfect setting for a story. I was fascinated by Daisy's background and couldn't wait to read more about her friends. Gin and Trouble ends with a huge spectacular cliffhanger, so I'm already anxious to read the next Ottercombe Bay novella. I absolutely love this series and really enjoy reading it.


If you love stories about fierce heroines, small towns and fabulous challenges you will definitely like the Ottercombe Bay stories. I'd advise you to start with the first story, Where There's a Will, before reading Gin and Trouble.

About Bella Osborne

I've been jotting down my stories for as far back as I can remember... well that's not exactly true. I remember writing a story when I was about nine and I was in Mrs Hurran's class. The story was about a thief who stole the crown jewels but then didn't know what to do with them. It went on for pages and pages, in my spiders dance handwriting, so my teacher typed it up and pinned it to the classroom wall. It was a proud day!

Somehow life took over, I got a sensible job and the writing has remained a hobby which other people puzzle over and which I adore.

Over the years there have been dalliances into poetry, short stories and five unfinished novels. But I decided that 2013 would be the year that was going to change. I joined the Romantic Novelists Association New Writer Scheme which gave me a deadline to chase - a full length novel had to be completed and submitted for review by 31st August. I beat the deadline by a month!

In 2014 I secured a two book contract with Harper Impulse, part of the HarperCollins Group, and my first novel 'It Started at Sunset Cottage' was published in ebook format on 12th February 2015 and paperback on 23rd April 2015. It went on to be shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon New Writers' Award and the RNA Contemporary Novel of the Year 2016.

​My second book 'A Family Holiday' was published Summer 2016 and was shortlisted for RNA Contemporary Novel of the Year 2017.

In 2016 I moved to Avon which is also part of the wonderful HarperCollins family. My latest novel 'Escape to Willow Cottage' was released in four digital instalments ahead of the whole story being published August 2017.

I am currently editing novel number four which is set in a fictional Devon village and has the working title 'A Year in Ottercombe Bay'. Watch this space for more details!




One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a beautiful locket necklace and pug notebook from Bella Osborne.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Ottercombe Bay: Gin and Trouble sounds like a laugh-out-loud story with wonderful characters who spring to life on the page.

  2. Sounds like a charming Ottercombe Bay tale!

  3. This sounds really good. I will have to read this!

  4. Lovely book cover, sounds like a good story.

  5. Love your writing and we own a Pug as well! A rescue named Jake <3 although in reality he was the one who rescued us!

  6. This looks like a great read, just my cup of tea lol!!

  7. Thank you for the review and giveaway!

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  9. Such a cute cover and I love the title.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  10. You make Ottecombe Bay come to life, how can I not want to read the book.x

  11. Voilà un livre qui me tente bien !!!

  12. This cover is adorable & I can't wait to start reading this story.

  13. Thanks for the lovely prize and competition. Good luck everyone!