Welcome to Whitlock Close by Karen Louise Hollis

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.

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Welcome-Whitlock-Close-Book-ebook/dp/B0B1B4N5YZ

US – https://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Whitlock-Close-Book-ebook/dp/B0B1B4N5YZ

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My thoughts:

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour for the first novel by one of the book bloggers I have followed for a number of years.

Karen’s book took me back in time to the 1980’s. The main character Louise is a couple of years older than me. As the story starts, her family find themselves moving to Whitlock Close and meeting their new neighbours.

The book follows a year in the life of the family. Louise makes new friends and pursues her love of gymnastics. Her mum and dad make new friends and quickly become part of the local community, helping their new neighbours deal with grief and other issues.

I enjoyed how the story evolved and found myself caring deeply about the residents of Whitlock Close. This is an emotional read in places and I’m happy to recommend it. I’m also hoping that this is the start of a series, and I’ll be able to find out what happened next to the residents of Whitlock Close.

Author Bio:

Karen Louise Hollis was born in Lincoln in 1969 and was brought up in a house full of notebooks and typewriters, with both her parents being journalists. 

Her first self-published book was a poetry collection in 2003. Un-Conventional: 13 Years of Meeting the Stars of Doctor Who was published by Hirst Books in 2010 and subsequently republished by Lulu. Her biography of the actor Anthony Ainley was published by Fantom Publishing in 2015 and is available in hardback, paperback and audio CD. 

She lives in Lincoln with her mother, her son and her cat and enjoys writing, reading, sewing, politics, history and watching gymnastics. This is her first novel. 


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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