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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James #BookReview #HappyPublicationDay


'Britain's answer to the best Marigold 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?

Publisher - Ruby Fiction
Publication Date - 13th March 2018



Caroline's latest novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel will be published by Ruby Fiction on 13th March, 2018 and is being described as 'Britain's answer to the best Marigold Hotel, fabulous!'

Caroline James was born in Cheshire and wanted to be a writer from an early age. She trained, however, in the catering trade and worked and travelled both at home and abroad.

Caroline's debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was Ebook of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, Coffee Tea The Chef & Me has been described as wickedly funny: 'AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap…' 

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a Finalist at The Write Stuff, London Book Fair 2015 and the judge’s comments included: “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.” The book is an amazon best-seller and 'Top Recommended Read - Thomson Holidays InFlight Magazine 2017'

Jungle Rock has been described as 'fabulously funny - a perfect feel-good read'.

Caroline has owned and run many catering related businesses and cookery is a passion alongside her writing, combining the two with her love of the hospitality industry and romantic fiction. She has published short stories and is a member of the RNA. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for a lifestyle magazine. When she's not writing, Caroline can generally be found with her nose in a book and her hand in a box of chocolates, she also likes to climb mountains and contemplate life.

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What a fabulous fun read! It follows a number of characters as they reach a certain stage in their life and are looking for more! And they definitely find more than they hoped at the Boomerville Hotel!

Kate is 50 and finding it hard to find love so she's looking to get away from it all, and sees an advert for this luxury retreat and decides to do something different and book herself in there! She's looking forward to meeting a variety of people and trying new things.

Hattie and Jo are the owners of the Boomerville Hotel in the Lake District and are glad to see business picking up after they recently re-opened and they see the people who come and visit as extended family. Some are there for a short time, others are longer stay residents so they get to know everyone who walks through their doors.

I loved the mix of characters in this story! Some were easier to warm to than others and I loved the mix of storylines too - there is romance, finding yourself, moving on, family problems - as it keeps you guessing what is round the corner and how they can all end up helping one another in learning things about themselves. There's even echoes of the film 'Ghost' in one class!

Everyone is there for their own reason - some good, some bad! - and it was a delight to watch over this community through good and bad times and see how their lives can change after a change in their routine and a different approach that their time at the Boomerville Hotel allows them to discover!



  1. Karen - thank you so much for your wonderful review of The Best Boomerville Hotel and for hosting on your lovely blog. I am so glad that you enjoyed my new book. Happy reading everyone, warmest wishes, Caroline xx