Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Book Review - The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

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Title: The Best Boomerville Hotel
Author: Caroline James
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Ruby Fiction
Publication Date: 13th March 2018
Rating: Five Stars

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?

It has been absolutely ages since I was last fortunate enough to be able to read a new Caroline James. Was it worth the wait though?  Yes 100% definitely this was fantastic, just a shame I now have to wait for the author to write another! 

All of this authors books are standalone and this is no exception but at the same time fans will recognise assorted characters from previous books, and I was delighted that we had more of Hattie and Jo's story. 

The Boomerville Hotel is set in the Lake District and is a hotel with huge grounds that has been opened up to give the Baby Boomer generation a new lease of life, with all manner of creative courses, some more normal than others!   

Over the course of the story we hear a lot about the various course, but not only that their tutors and all the guests at the hotel.  And what a varied bunch they are.   Where else but in fiction would you find such an eclectic mix of clientele - from a modern day looking James Bond, the titled eccentric brothers Sir Henry and Hugo, a down on her luck artist and Kate who is the other main character in the book. 

I absolutely loved hearing the antics of all of these characters, and when the tutors include a Shaman who seems to have rather impressive mystical qualities you know you are in for a book that is incredibly entertaining. 

There are so many funny moments that I wouldn't want to spoil them for you. It is always nice to read a book full of characters that are older than me, as it gives me great hope that my life could become a lot more exciting as I age disgracefully! 

There is certainly romance occurring all over the Boomerville Hotel, but I challenge you to at the start correctly predict the pairings that may occur - I would hazard a guess that you will be wrong about most of them. This really is one of those expect the unexpected sort of books, which makes it all the more entertaining. 

Absolutely adored this latest book from the author, and already want to read the next book by her, which probably hasn't been written yet! 

Thank you to Netgalley and Ruby Fiction for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

1 comment:

  1. Rachel, thank you so much for reading, reviewing and hosting this post on your fabulous blog, I am so very thrilled that you enjoyed The Best Boomerville Hotel. Happy reading and blogging and big thanks again. Caroline xx


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