Kim, many thanks for hosting me on your delightful blog, during the launch of my new novel, Boomerville at Ballymegille. It is a treat to be with you.
My guest post asks…
Is the ‘Boomer’ Generation Really ‘Booming’?
My novels often feature older protagonists, or ‘baby boomers,’ and my new book Boomerville at Ballymegille tells a story about a retreat for guests of a ‘certain age’ and the shenanigans they experience at this lovely hotel set in Southern Ireland.
Baby boomers are people born during the post WWII baby boom and their current ages are 52-72. I’m a baby boomer and we are supposed to be the wealthiest, most active and physically fit generation in history, all currently reaping the benefits of a good lifestyle that peak levels of income bring. Baby boomers are said to be the luckiest generation having benefitted from free education, a buoyant job market and inherited property windfalls amongst other advantages.
But are they all so lucky?
Alcohol studies state that baby boomers, who grew up with more liberal attitudes to alcohol, are ruining their health with heavy home drinking and with the current financial uncertainties and pension crisis, many boomers fear for their future and find themselves working way beyond their estimated pension age.
None of this represents the picture that many baby boomers expected to paint in their middle years and beyond. Western culture suggests that we become invisible to the younger generation as we get older and middle agers are susceptible, especially women who feel they are no longer attractive nor have the confidence of their youth.
But for me, growing older has never been more fun. I believe that ageing means being comfortable in your own skin. Coming out of your comfort zone is daunting. Doing it at this time of life is doubly hard but I have found that stepping out of your day to day and testing new waters generates the energy to recharge your creative batteries.
With this in mind, I wanted to write a novel that is uplifting for older and younger readers alike and to show that life can be wonderful as you age. Fictionally, if my characters can face the ageing process with enthusiasm, they can embrace it. I hope that the personalities in Boomerville at Ballymegille reflect these thoughts and that the courses and sometimes crazy experiences that I put them through will encourage readers to try new things, at whatever age, despite the very difficult times that we are living through with a pandemic and isolation.
Happy reading everyone, and many thanks to Kim,
Boomerville is back!
Join Hattie and Jo as they head to Southern Ireland to open Boomerville Manor, a holiday retreat for guests of ‘a certain age’. There’s Irish craic and shenanigans aplenty for the colourful cast of characters as everyone gathers for the grand opening.
Meet Melissa, an ex-cabaret singer running from her abusive husband, and Bill, a bachelor bullied from beyond the grave by the ghostly voice of his mother. Along with local bobby Harry the Helmet, ageing aquatic team the Boomerville Babes, eccentric artist Lucinda Gray, and heartthrob Finbar Murphy, they gather in Ireland and the fun begins. But murder is in the air and there’s mischief afoot. Will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?
Set in the beautiful Irish countryside, ‘Boomerville at Ballymegille’ is a heart-warming story of friendship, fears and new beginnings.
About the author:
Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often 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, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. Caroline also runs writing workshops.
In her spare time, Caroline can be found walking up a mountain with her two Westie dogs, sipping raspberry gin or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.
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