I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour today for The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James. Huge thanks to Rachel Random Resources for inviting me onto the tour.
About this 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?
Welcome back to Jo and Hattie and their fabulous new business venture, the Best Boomerville Hotel! I’ve enjoyed the mid life adventures of this pair of friends so far and so was really looking forward to meeting up with them again.
There’s certainly a nod to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel here maybe with a touch of Kellermans from Dirty Dancing thrown in there too. The somewhat eccentric patrons of the hotel are able to take part in all sorts of activities and wellbeing experiences and I can quite understand why most of them were reluctant to leave! As the supporting cast began to assemble at the hotel, there were a variety of different characters coming together and, although I knew romance was probably in the air, I could never really predict who was going to end up with who! My favourite “boomer” was Kate who showed me that you’re never too old to follow your dreams and I greatly admired the way Caroline James brought her to life within this setting. Kate’s love life looked like it was on the up as well when she meets fellow boomer and James Bond lookalike Andy, but things are never quite as simple as she would like and the path of true love is still as rough no matter how old you are.
Regular readers of my reviews know that I’m a big fan of fiction featuring more mature characters, showing that age is no obstacle to a happy, healthy sexual relationship so I’m thrilled that Caroline James has written this funny and insightful look at how the “baby boomers” are living their lives in the 21st century. And they are having a great deal of fun whilst doing it! This was an enjoyable and satisfying romp around the Lake District that really hit the spot for me-a romcom with a zest for life and plenty of playfulness for those who know how to teach those youngsters a thing or two!!
The Best Boomerville Hotel is available to purchase now from Amazon UK (affiliates link) My review copy came from the publisher via netgalley.
Meet 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.
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