The Best Boomerville Hotel
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?
Jo and Hattie have transformed Kirkton Hall into the Best Boomerville Hotel, a place offering holidays with creative and self-improving courses to older, single persons. They’re the ones with time and money and so this is a very astute business move. It also doesn’t hurt the venue is becoming known as a posh dating destination. But not everyone goes to the hotel in the hope of finding friendship and love. There are a few other motives at play.
This books sweeps you away. Once you pick it up and open it, that’s it. You won’t be putting it down will you’ve finished! Not only is the story interesting and lively, although it’s not all fun and games and brings you up short a couple of times, but the wonderful characters are absolutely fascinating. Some are nice, some aren’t, but they’re totally intriguing and there’s never a dull moment in their company.
Caroline James has a wonderful way of writing. It’s warm and conversational, with so much clever detail and wit. She’s a delight to read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was whisked away to a wonderful place where I laughed and sighed and became very involved. Wonderful!
A final comment – the cover is brilliant. The fleeing van encapsulates the madcapness of this story, but the stately building in the background injects that bit of class that our characters are all gamely hanging on to!
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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