The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James – Book Review

The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James – Book Review

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The Best Bloomerville Hotel by Caroline James

The Best Boomerville Hotel

Author – Caroline James
Publisher – Ruby Fiction
Pages – 288
Released – 6th November 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-1912550043
Format – ebook, paperback, audio
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book
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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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Jo and Hattie had worked together for years at the once Kirkton House, alongside Jo’s husband. When he died the house stood empty for a year until inspiration sprung and the pair set to work to re-open the place now called ‘Boomerville Hotel’.

Boomerville is a hotel for those over a certain age to stay and have a relaxing time, with plenty of courses on offer, including pottery and creative writing, delicious food produced by a Michelin Star chef and a never-ending bar. This is the place to be.

The guests are a real mix. Including elderly brothers Henry and Hugo, who both have money to burn. Kate, a woman who has never found love and is wondering if she ever will. Andrew the dark-haired, suarve, sophisticated James Bond look-a-like. Plus Artist Lucinda which nothing is ever good enough for her.

This book has been on my radar for a while and I knew from the moment I saw it that I wanted to read it. It was exciting to read a book that didn’t feature twenty-somethings and was all about those over fifty. The plot was just perfect and the setting, The Lake District, was ideal for the hotel.

The book progresses at a steady pace and has plenty of secondary stories intermingling with the main one. There were times when this book felt so heart-warming and I genuinely cared about both the staff and guests. At other times I was laughing out loud at some of the antics that mainly the guests got up to. Plus there is also the resident dog to coo over.

The book is wonderfully uplifting and I didn’t realise how quickly I was getting through the story until I reached the end in just two sittings.

Reviewed by Stacey

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About the Author

Caroline James

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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28 Responses

  1. Thanks so much for your lovely review Stacey, hugely appreciated, I am so thrilled that you enjoyed The Best Boomerville Hotel. Happy reading and blogging xx

  2. Great review. Laughing out loud sounds like my kind of book.

  3. Tasha says:

    I really do love the sound of this and will have to check it out in the new year.

  4. jennifer gaarder says:

    Maybe in 2019. I will have to see, I am committing myself to too many already. I am a book addict!

  5. DJ Sakata says:

    I’m currently reading and enjoying this one too

  6. Christina says:

    Ooooh heartwarming is just what I need! Wonderful review!

  7. This looks so fun and refereshing!

  8. I love the word shenanigans! Haha, I’ll keep this in mind when I need to read something fun!

  9. Marcia says:

    Lovely review and I’m hoping to Win the Giveaway! Yay!

  10. You’re very welcome. Glad you like the review.

  11. Thank you. I hope you get to read it and enjoy it.

  12. Wonderful, can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

  13. Great. I know everyone has huge TBR lists at the moment.

  14. Wonderful, lovely to hear that.

  15. Thank you. Heartwarming books are just lovely.

  16. Fantastic. I hope you get to read it and enjoy it.

  17. Thank you. Great to see you entered the giveaway. Fingers are crossed for you.

  18. Aww this sounds so cute! Great review!

  19. Heidi says:

    This sounds so adorable!

  20. That’s a lovely review! I’m going to add it to my Goodreads to read list, thank you 🙂

  21. Robin Taylor says:

    Seems like a fun book.

  22. Thank you. It is cute.

  23. Wonderful, I hope you enjoy it.

  24. Great review Stacey, this book looks and sounds like a really fun and heartwarming book I’m really glad you enjoy it so far. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.