Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Spotlight & Review: The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

Let the shenanigans begin at the Best 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 its 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?

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After seeing an advertisement where they claim, "Boomers! Give us your body and we'll bring back your brain." Kate Simmonds was intrigued to know more. At fifty years old, she remained unmarried without children but hadn't given up the dream of finding someone special. Remembering the words her mother often said, "Somewhere in the universe, there is someone who will love us, understand us and kiss and make it all better," Kate decided a luxury retreat is just what she needs and who knows, maybe 'Mr Right' will be there too?

With the beautiful Lake District backdrop, the former Kirton House becomes the Boomerville Hotel and a fascinating luxurious retreat for those looking to enhance their lives. With a motley crowd of characters to help the shenanigans along, you can't fail to laugh out loud at their antics, the double entendres and commiserate when life throws them a lemon! Yes, we encounter a few moments when 'trouble in paradise' threatens to spoil the frivolity and entertainment, however, there's a delightful 'happy ever after' to keep everyone satisfied.

The concept of this narrative had a retro-feel to it resembling a comical script from a Carry-On film or an episode of Fawlty Towers. I enjoyed the contrast between nostalgia and slap-stick humour, all tied together with a steady pace, befitting everyone and not just those over fifty-years-old.

Hats off to the author for writing a fun and entertaining narrative featuring protagonists of a more mature age. I've never picked up one of Ms James' novels before so I don't know if she normally features characters belonging in this age range but even so, it's a refreshing change for me to read about the antics of a female protagonist like Kate who is a year younger than myself, even if I identify as generation x, rather than a baby boomer.

***review copy received courtesy of Ruby Fiction via NetGalley***
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.

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Release Day Spotlight: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

New York Times Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Release date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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Model: Dusan Susnjar
Teasers by: Luna Sol

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.

Something blue.

I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. Thats when I found another bride’s “something old.

Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message Id ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.

The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered hes the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because Ive since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.

He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, hes my new boss. But thats not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.

But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. Its getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.

Something new.

But I have no idea how this one is going to end . . .

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in two dozen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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