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The Best Boomerville Hotel

Published Date: January 28, 2018

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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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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 eBook of the Week in The Sun.
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.
The Best Boomerville Hotel is Caroline’s debut with Ruby Fiction.


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Reviews (7)


  1. Ruth N
    Ruth N March 13, 2018 at 9:04 am .

    I will never look at another advert for a Country House Hotel in the same way again now I’ve read about the carryings-on at The Best Boomerville Hotel. I want to join the guests at this hotel for at least a fortnight! Whatever your age, have fun and misbehave at the Boomerville Hotel. Excellent escapism, full of humour and romance.

  2. Gill L.
    Gill L. March 13, 2018 at 10:15 am .

    The Boomerville Hotel is a new venture in the Lake District – owned by Jo, aided and abetted by her friend Hattie. Their target guest list is the baby boomer generation and they offer different ‘classes’ for the guests to participate in if they wish – pottery, art, healing with the Shaman, writing classes etc. The guest list for their opening week is eclectic – Sir Henry (a relic of the past from when the hotel was open to anyone), Lucinda, an artist with strange tendencies, Kate, single and newly free to enjoy her life after caring for her elderly father till he died, Andy, a single widower who earns the nickname ‘James Bond’ for his looks, and so on. But all is not quite as it seems ….

    I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for a good read – I got involved with the characters to the extent that I was talking aloud to Kate (well, muttering instructions!) It did end satisfactorily (through a few hiccups and meanders). Mainly however, I want to go and stay at Boomerville myself! I look forward to the next offering from Ms James.

  3. Barbara J
    Barbara J March 13, 2018 at 3:33 pm .

    This is one great hotel! When can I book a stay? I am not certain, but with such a wonderful idea like this for the book, perhaps she should also open the hotel! I am sure it would go down a storm! The story kept me enthralled to the very end. I was totally at the hotel and enjoyed the way Jo and Hattie ran the hotel, the interaction between them, and with the guests was very believable. My heart went out to Kate and loved the way her romance progressed through the book. The range of guests portrayed, and the interplay between them, Jo and Hattie was gripping. The crime was unsuspected and added another layer to an already excellent read. Read this and join me at the Boomerville Hotel. This is the first of a range of books from Choc Lit under the Ruby Fiction banner – can’t wait to read some more.

  4. Yvonne Greene
    Yvonne Greene March 13, 2018 at 9:47 pm .

    Such great characters, that you just don’t want to stop reading. Thoroughly enjoyed every page of it. The hotel is run by a lovely, caring owner who wants to set up something different for the baby boomers. Laughter and adventure follows. Highly recommend!

  5. Anne
    Anne March 16, 2018 at 1:34 pm .

    This book had everything a girl could want, humour, tragedy, romance, mystery, a great plot and beautifully drawn characters – in spadesful. The hotel in the Lake District offers activity holidays for its ‘baby-boomer’ clientele and attracts lovely eccentric types who are looking for something special. Whether this is a new experience or romance, there is something or somebody for everyone at the Best Boomerville Hotel, only nothing is as straightforward as it seems and there a number of great twists along the way. I laughed out loud at times and felt sad at others, but nothing was going to stop me reading and I challenge you to not want to book your next holiday there. The book was beautifully written, I loved it. A wonderful start for the Ruby Fiction imprint and I can’t wait to read from both imprint and author.

  6. Debbie Southwell
    Debbie Southwell March 17, 2018 at 3:05 pm .

    This was an enjoyable and very easy read. I found the characters endearing and the bad guy Andy Mack was a nasty piece of work who I detested. It was easy to imagine the Hotel and the characters due to the descriptive writing, which I thought was very good.

    I enjoyed the way that I got a good understanding of the background of the characters which in turn made me empathise with Kate and was rooting for her to get her happy ever after with James.

    I did want to keep reading this novel although I did feel that the ending seemed a bit rushed.

    Thanks to Choc-Lit for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for an honest review which is completely my own opinion.

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