I’ve loved and laughed at every book that Caroline James has written so far so when I was invited on the blog tour for The Best Boomerville Hotel, how could I possibly refuse? Let me tell you a bit about the book, then I’ll share my thoughts.
About the book:
Let the shenanigans begin at the Boomerville hotel …
Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!
Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than it’s fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.
With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?
‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel! Book me in for Sharing with the Shaman and Clairvoyance in mid-life – this book is fabulous!’ Nikki Ashton, Amazon best-selling author.
So what did I think:
Once again Caroline James has created a laugh out loud, thoroughly entertaining read that you totally lose yourself in right from the first page. Not only that though, you want to jump right into this book and be part of it!
Caroline’s books always appeal to my sense of humour and I find myself reading them with a smile on my face. The cast of characters in this particular novel were vast, but it didn’t confuse you in any way whatsoever. You got to know them all really well and in true pantomime style, I disliked one in particular so much that I wanted to shout “boo!” at all the time and shout at the character that he was fooling!
I loved the story plot! The idea of people of a certain age going along to a hotel and go on lots of different courses to explore themselves. I bloody loved the idea and was looking for the website so I could book my place. It thought the characters of Jo and Hattie were brilliant. Their friendship was really special and I’d have loved working for them at the hotel, and I’ve never wanted to work in a hotel in my life!
There was the perfect amount of action and shenanigans in the book, to make it a thoroughly charming, compelling and witty read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
About the author:
Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications. Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair. The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.
So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light-hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon best-seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.
In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.
The Best Boomerville Hotel Links:
Kobo: https://goo.gl/VRh2XT Ibooks/Google: https://goo.gl/2aq7sz
Caroline James Links: www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk
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