Silly, witty, zany. All adjectives, yes, but that all could easily describe the cast of characters you meet in Gill McKnight’s’ newest book. Welcome to the Wallops. McKnight is an author who always gives the reader characters that are as amusing as they are interesting. This one is no exception.
Jane Swallow is Lesser Wallops resident do-gooder. Raised by a single father, who is a petty thief and all out drunkard, Jane has spent her life giving back. She is friends with everyone, always offering advice and helping in any way possible. This former Army chaplain is now the pastor of the Lesser Wallops only church, Saint Poe’s. Saint Poe’s is a small historical church that dates back to 1348. The church has lost most of it parishioners, many choosing to go to the newer church in High Wallop, mainly because its location next to the mega supermarket. Jane is embroiled in a struggle to keeps the town she lives in original, historical, and honest even when most of the people she works with wants to steal its identity and make it as faceless as High Wallop.
Renata Braak is Jane’s new next door neighbor. Even before Renata moves in she has become the source of Jane’s ire. Renata has hired workers to tear down willow trees, erase a beautiful garden all for the sake of a garage monstrosity that does not in any way fit in with the beautiful historic cottages on Jane’s street. Jane is not feeling neighborly to this new development. The irritation it only gets worse when she discovers the new tenant is actually her ex-girlfriend.
This book is fun, it’s lighthearted and the characters are just amusing. This is a fantastic choice for a summer afternoon when you just want relax and have an entertaining read.
3.75 stars out of 5
I was given this novel by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing
The Tea Machine by Gill McKnight is a fantastical tale of time travel. I found myself simultaneously enthralled and confused.
The main character of this novel is Millicent Abberly who hails from London via 1862. Millicent is a strong, sharped tongued, independent, super intelligent woman who is light years ahead of her time. Miss Abberly is a forward thinker, who is more than capable of handling a time traveling adventure. Good thing for her, her brother Hubert just invented a time traveling machine.
The story starts as Millicent takes an unexpected journey to 100 years into the future. No, she doesn’t end up in the 1960s, she goes to a parallel universe when Roman Empire is fighting to control the galaxy. There she meets up with Decanus R.J. Sangfroid, a handsome lady soldier, who is battling colossal squid that are hell bent on destroying the ship that Millicent just showed up on.
I told you this story was fantastical, and it doesn’t stop at a futuristic squid battle. Millicent, Sangfroid, Hubert and a handful of other characters have caused a ripple in time. Time travel has consequences and this crew must be dealt with the fallout.
I had to really think about this book upon conclusion. What could I say to a fellow reader, I asked? So here goes… This book has a lot going on. At times I was lost as to where we were going. Just when I thought I had figured it out, nope Millicent and company are off to another adventure. You have to read this book with a wide open imagination, don’t try to figure it out until it’s completed. I did enjoy my time with it. I loved Millicent, she is awesome. I do wish more of Millicent and Sangfroid’s love story was brought to the forefront of the story. McKnight did a good job of establishing chemistry between them in the beginning of the book, but it was like it became a side note in the final third of the story.
I think if you are really interested in science fiction you will find this book fascinating. If you are looking for a clear cut romance, this may not be the one for you. It’s definitely different, but different is not a bad thing. This book is what I would call unique!
4 out of 5 stars
The Tea Machine (The Teatime Chronicles Book 1)
by Gill McKnight