Elephant and Pinky Moon: The perfect beach read, by Lilac Mills
Publication: Lilac Tree Books; July 31, 2017
About 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 no one can have everything, right?) and content to trundle along with her nice, predictable daily routine.That is until Nina is persuaded to accompany her octogenarian grandmother on a beach holiday to Turkey. 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!
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!
Happy release day to Lilac Mills and her latest novel, Elephant and Pinky Moon!
Who, What, When, Where
Nina is a twenty-eight-year-old teacher in Worcester England and has a somewhat bland life. After her mother Alice calls her over to her grandmother, Flossie’s house, she learns that her eighty-four-year-old Gran has booked a vacation to Turkey, supposed before her grandfather passed away. Worried about Flossie traveling alone, Alice urges Nina to accompany her grandmother on the vacation.
Leo is also traveling to Turkey with a friend who is suffering heart break over the woman he loves. Everyone that has met Gran has loved her, but when Gran starts trying to play matchmaker with Leo and Nina, sparks begin to fly.
Besides enjoying the Turkish coast, Nina quickly learns that her Gran likes to go out and party, has no filter when speaking to others, and is quite sneaky.
Thoughts and Reactions
This is my second time reading a novel by Lilac Mills and I’m not sure there are enough words to give her the praise that she deserves. Just as in her first novel, Under the Cherry Tree, Mills has created such unique, yet relatable characters. Nina was initially very cautious and reserved but as the novel progresses she slowly and realistically starts coming out of her shell. Flossie (Gran) is absolutely hilarious from beginning to end. Anyone that has one of those crazy grandmothers that will say or do anything without any concern about the opinions of others, this is the novel for you! At 84, she books a trip at resort meant for adults ages 30-45. Not long after their arrival, she’s partying with everyone at the bar and playing an x-rated version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. She plans all of these crazy experiences that have Nina completely stressing out, although Nina loves every one of them – much to her own surprise.
There was not a single boring moment in this novel. From beginning to end, I was dying to find out what Nina and Flossie would be getting into next. There are certainly a few serious and heart breaking moments, but otherwise, reading this novel is like taking a vacation for yourself!
The funny moments aside, Lilac Mills reminds us all to actually live our lives, rather than just floating through the years. Unfortunately, life does not include do-overs, and through her Gran’s unconventional wisdom, Nina learned the importance of taking risks, facing fears, and taking control of her own destiny.
Elephant and Pinky Moon is outstanding and I cannot recommend this novel enough! Get ready for such a fun ride of holidays, romance, and some serious laughter!
*Many thanks to the author for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!