Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Book Review & Extract - Nothing That Money Can't Buy from Champagne & Lemonade by John Hickling - Blog Tour

As part of the pre-publication blog tour for Champagne & Lemonade, a short story collection, I have chosen to review the ninth story in the compilation - Nothing That Money Can't Buy

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Title: Champagne & Lemonade
Author: John Hickling
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Publisher supplied review copy
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: 5th July 2016
Rating for Nothing That Money Can't Buy: 4 Stars

Champagne & Lemonade is a delightful collection of eclectic short stories, taking readers on a journey to different times and places, meeting a sparkling cast of well-drawn characters. Nibble the fish is desperate to escape his boring old pond. A new breed of super hero has been born and his name is Bob Cheesecake. Dumpton Hospital's staff have a somewhat unconventional approach to looking after their patients. Robert Hood is on a mission to save modern England. And just who is the vampire terrorising the neighbourhood from his home at 113A Greenstone Street? From the quixotic to the poignant, John A. D. Hickling's wild and whimsical tales fizz with fun and are sure to entertain almost everyone!

Larry Breen is a self-made multi-millionaire, and believe's that his wealth will solve any problem he encounters in life.

This is the second story I have read from the Champagne and Lemonade compilation and shows yet another aspect to the author's writing.  Tim is a biographer and is interviewing multi millionaire Larry about his life. Larry has a very money centric view of the world, as well as a loving wife and grown up children. 

In listening to the answers you get a peek at a self obsessed man, who prides himself on his ability to make money and how it can buy everything in the world. He is passionate about his subject and I couldn't help but warm to him over the pages, even if he may have a slightly over the top point of view. 

Something then occurs that I can't say for spoiling the story that almost winded me, and was a good surprise twist that came from nowhere. Based on my reaction to it, I can say that John Hickling over the course of a few short pages, produced a character I was definitely interested in, and was enjoying hearing about his life.  Another great story in this widely varied collection. 

Thank you to Clink Street Publishing for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

Please see below for a short extract from Nothing That Money Can't Buy. 

"No, Tim, my life will be forever happy because of my money.”

About John Hickling

Proud father and grandfather, and jack of all trades John A.D. Hickling currently lives with his family in Nottingham. A lover of music, especially 60’s rock, John has previously recorded two independent albums, appeared in comedy band Space Cadets on Britain’s Got Talent and is an active member of Masque Productions amateur theatre group. His debut book, Champagne & Lemonade (published by Clink Street Publishing June 5th 2016 RRP £6.99 paperback, RRP £3.99 ebook) is available to purchase from online retailers including and to order from all good bookstores. For more information please visit

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