Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean & Me
By Caroline James
Published by Ramjam Publishing Company
February 12th 2016
Women’s Romantic Fiction
ISBN Paperback: 978-0-9573782-8-5
ISBN Kindle: 978-0-9573782-9-2
A romantic comedy – the sequel to Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me, which shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in the Sun.
Continuing the Coffee, Tea… series, join Jo and Hattie as they romp into their middle years and prove that anything is possible!
Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a top ten finalist at The Write Stuff – London Book Fair 2015. The judge’s comments included, “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.”
Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me, is a a story about friendship and that there is hope in middle years, romance can happen and life really does begin again.
Set in Cumbria, London and beautiful Barbados.
‘The time to be happy is now…’
Jo remembers her late husband’s words but is struggling to face the lonely future that lies ahead. A heartbroken widow, the love of her life, husband Romany John, has died suddenly and Jo finds herself alone with ghostly memories at Kirkton House – a Cumbrian Manor that until recently, she ran as a thriving hotel. Her two sons have moved away; Jimmy to run a bar in Barbados and Zach, to London to pursue a career as a celebrity chef. Middle-age and widowhood loom frighteningly and Jo determines to sell up and start again, despite protestations from colourful friend, Hattie and erstwhile admirer Pete Parks. Hattie convinces Jo to postpone any life-changing decisions by enjoying a Caribbean holiday in Barbados and their holiday sets off a course of events that brings mayhem and madness to Jo and her family.
Confused and anxious for her future, can life really begin again for Jo? Is there hope in middle years and can romance happen?
This is my first book by Caroline James and definitely won’t be my last I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read this in one afternoon I just couldn’t put it down. First one all I have to say what a amazing cover it has, it made me want to dive into the picture. I so love the little picture motifs at the start of every chapter, for me this is a lovely added touch.
So Hattie who has had her fair share of problems convinces heartbroken widow Jo to go on a much deserved holiday to the caribbean. But their holiday sets off a course of events that brings mayhem and madness to Jo and her family. Confused and anxious for her future, can life really begin again for Jo?
Jo’s two grown up sons have moved away, Jimmy to runs a bar in Barbados, and Zach who went to London to pursue a career as a celebrity chef.
Jo feels like middle age is looming and feels like giving up on love although Pete parks is totally smitten with her or should I say totally fallen for her.
Theses are all characters which you can relate to although I have to say my heart did go out to Jo, I really did feel sorry for her. And Hattie, well what a character she did make me laugh. Yes you guessed it, there are plenty of laugh out loud moments in this light hearted read. I love Caroline’s style of writing the descriptions are so well written and pictures I felt like I was there at the Caribbean with them.
Not having read the first book I can definitely say that this can read has a standalone. But I will without a shadow or a doubt be reading the first one to find out how it all began.
So if you’re looking for a fun, entertaining, enjoyable read this is the book for you which I highly recommend and I am giving it 4 stars.
Thank you Brook Cottage Books for a copy of this in exchange for a honest review.
ABOUT CAROLINE JAMES
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 E-book of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity… Chef? has been described as wickedly funny: ‘AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap…’ The manuscript for Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a Top Ten 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.” Her next novel, Coffee Tea The Boomers & Me will be published autumn 2016.
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. As a media agent, Caroline represented many well-known celebrity chefs and is currently writing a TV script and accompanying book about the life of a well-known chef. She has published short stories and is a member of the RNA and The Society of Authors. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for an online lifestyle magazine. When she’s not running her hospitality business and 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.
1st Prize – A copy of the book – UK winner (paperback) / Outside UK (ecopy) http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4be03017139/