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The Best Boomerville Hotel

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'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
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Ruby Fiction
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The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James is a 2018 Ruby Fiction publication.

BFF’s Jo and Hattie decide to try something a little different, using their experience in the hospitality industry. Why not open a holiday retreat for guest of ‘a certain age’ offering them the chance to expand and exercise their minds and bodies?

Their first guests include Kate, a woman who ran a dating service, but never found her own ‘Mr. Right’, Andy Mack, a handsome James Bond lookalike, Lucinda, a poor, eccentr
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming story filled with laughter and hope...

Good friends Jo and Hattie decided to open up a retreat for “people of a certain age.“ The purpose of the retreat is too offer classes to expand both the mind and the body of the boomers... I thought this was a fun refreshing book focusing on people over 50... a Book all about embracing every day no matter what your age....

This book had a cast of extremely engaging, eccentric and quirky, characters.... Kate a successful Business owner of a onl
Dash fan
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5☆ I Didn't want to Check Out!!

First of all I want to mention how much I adore the cover. It's so much fun and definitely eye catching. Drew me to it straight away.

The Best Boomerville Hotel is a heartwarming, laugh out loud, fun and Frolics, passionate, full of quirky characters and was a gem to read.

Boomerville Hotel is a Hotel for the over 50's to come and stay meet new people, relax, experience something new such as cooking classes, creative writing classes, spiritual readin
DJ Sakata
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quotes:

Somewhere in the universe, there is someone who will love us, understand us and kiss and make it all better.

In Kate’s experience, it was nigh on impossible to form a relationship with anyone of her own age and the men attracted to Kate were doddering around on a walking frame or looking for a ride to their next doctor’s appointment.

The fabulous fifties that everyone raved about seemed lonely and unwelcome and she yearned for some stimulating company to stop her from disappearing
Whispering Stories
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 che
Kirsty ❤️
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read a few romance novels recently where my complaint has been as an (almost) 46 year old woman I just can't relate to the twenty-somethings in a lot of the stories. So thank heavens for The Best Boomerville Hotel. Baby boomers are approximately 50-69 years old so I've far more in common with them which really helped me relate to the characters in this book. 

I've done starting again, I've spent time going out of my comfort zone. The idea of a few weeks retreat in a hotel writing, painting a
Simon Leonard
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having previously read Jungle Rock I was intrigued to see how a full length novel would be from Caroline and I was not disappointed. The book follows Jo and Hattie as they open up the Boomerville Hotel to people of a certain age - also known as the baby boomers (hence the name) and it follows the funny adventures of their guests.

It was a brilliantly easy book to read and I can't wait to erad more of Caroline's now.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Best Boomerville Hotel has a fresh, uplifting cover that produces a smile as soon as you spot it. I’ve enjoyed Caroline’s books immensely in the past so I was happy to dive in to see what fun and games she has created this time.

The aforementioned hotel has been designed with a certain clientele in mind .. it’s set in the Lake District so highly unlikely it will attract the 18-30 mob who crave sunshine, but elegant and distinguished guests of an older generation are welcome. I wonder how you
Rachel Gilbey
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 a
Joanne Robertson
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Welcome back to Jo and Hattie and their fabulous new business venture, the Best Boomerville Hotel! I’ve enjoyed the mid life adventures of this pair of friends so far and so was really looking forward to meeting up with them again.

There’s certainly a nod to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel here maybe with a touch of Kellermans from Dirty Dancing thrown in there too. The somewhat eccentric patrons of the hotel are able to take part in all sorts of activities and wellbeing experiences and I can quit
Monica Mac
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jo and Hattie have turned a tired old hotel into a bit of a resort for baby boomers, offering all sorts of courses and special treats. Eccentric and interesting characters abound in this book, both as guests and as tutors of the courses being held.

Kate is a guest who was looking for a bit of time and opportunity to re-discover herself, after many years of taking care of her father. On her first day she meets the charming Andy but is there more to him than meets the eye?

In a lot of ways, this is
Grace J Reviewerlady
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ever since taking part in the cover reveal for this novel, I've been looking forward to reading The Best Boomerville Hotel. Had I realised just how lively and entertaining it was to be, I'm not sure I could have waited!

A superbly written and fantastically funny book, this has surpassed even my expectations by quite some bit! The characters are so well drawn that it's very easy to conjure up an image of each and every one, and the interweaving storylines are warm and wonderful. A mention also has
Cathy Ryan
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading Jungle Rock I was hoping there would be more from those characters, and here we have best friends Jo and Hattie realising their vision of a hotel aimed specifically at people of a certain age. The post war ‘baby boomers’. Located in the picturesque Lake District, and offering a variety of courses and treatments, the hotel attracts its fair share of colourful and eccentric characters.

Kate Simmons is fifty and single, grieving for her late father. She has a beautiful home and is
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a joy to read at a very unhappy time in my life, I needed cheering up after losing my much loved little dog.
The cover made me smile as it reminded me of my favourite TV programme as a child ' On The Buses' and the characters where just as much fun.
I laughed out loud, enjoyed love and mystery too. Infact this book has it all and I felt I knew each character personally and didn't want the book to end.
My book arrived a few days after Bertie died aged 16 and Caroline James helped me s
Shell Baker
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
check out my review on blog tour 23rd March
Lauren Tess'x
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin?! This book is one of THE BEST books I’ve read in a very long time. I lost count how many times this book had me in stitches of laughter.

This was my first venture into a Caroline James novel and it most certainly won’t be the last. I couldn’t put the book down.

I loved getting to know all of the characters, especially Hattie – she really let of the Bridget Jones vibe. There was one character that I really couldn’t stand by the end of the book, if you’ve read the book, you probabl
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
OK, gushing review coming up – I thought this book was just fabulous, sheer enjoyment from the first page to its perfect end. There can be nothing much better than taking a diverse collection of quirky but perfectly drawn characters, placing them in a well-defined setting, throwing in a few fireworks, then sitting back and seeing what happens. I’ve been a fan of Caroline James’ writing for some time now – but in this book, it’s better than ever.

The Boomerville Hotel itself is such an original an
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The Best Boomerville Hotel is an enjoyable read that made me chuckle a couple of times while reading.

When I started reading the book I felt like I was missing out on some important details. After some quick research I found out that The Best Boomerville hotel is a continuation from an earlier series by the same author. I think you might actually enjoy this book more if you are on to all the inside jokes and the history that some of the characters have with each other. On the other hand when you
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Best Boomerville Hotel has been a wonderful read, I have absolutely LOVED it!
I'm neither over 50 or single, but it sounds like an amazing place for a relaxing and revitalising holiday and I think the whole concept is a great idea. It reminded me a little bit of my 40th Birthday girlie (5 day) break at Alvaston Hall in Nantwich (Warner Hotel), last October. We did bring the average age down quite considerably, but it was brilliant. There was always something going on (we even learned how to
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having never read any of Caroline James’ previous books I was intrigued when I received the recommendation from another author to be a Beta reader. I really wasn’t sure what I expected, being a lady in my early 40’s (that’s all you’re getting). I have recently been reading the new romantic comedy style “Rock Star Romances” which are about a slightly younger group of characters than I encountered in “The Boomerville Hotel”. I love a real scoundrel and a bit of mystery, so starting off I was very ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The Best Boomerville Hotel appealed to me having done a stint in my younger days living in as a waitress in a hotel in the Lake District. While this hotel doesn’t resemble any I’ve worked in or visited, it was fun seeing places I know and love featured. Seriously, there needs to be more books set in Cumbria!

The cover gives the style away really – this is a bit of good old British fun which Caroline James captures in full spirit. Packed with eccentric, larger than life characters and lashings of
Karen Mace
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 o
Karen Cole
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The Best Boomerville Hotel isn't the sort of book I'd usually choose to read. However, I like to try something different now and again and was tempted by the eye-catching front cover which suggested a delightful quirkiness. My initial impressions were correct for this is a lighthearted novel that comes packed with eccentric characters and a series of almost farcical situations. The chapters have an almost episodic feel to them and this is the sort of book I could imagine being turned in
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved catching up with Jo and Hattie it really felt like I was meeting up with old friends. There is also a wonderful range of quirky and interesting characters that are staying at the hotel and they were just brilliant to get to know. I have to give a special mention to Hattie as she is wonderfully over the top but with a heart of gold!

The story moved at a lovely pace and I think the premise for The Boomerville Hotel is fabulous after all it's never too late to reach for your dreams and find
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
With loveable, quirky characters and plenty of action along the way, THE BEST BOOMERVILLE HOTEL by Caroline James is a book that will warm your heart and make you smile.

Boomerville is a stunning hotel that specialises in providing everything a person of a certain age could require - from writing classes to life coaching and everything in between, this hotel does it. From a handsome widower to an eccentric writer, to a woman searching to find herself and possibly romance along the way, Boomervil
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, tbc, mp3
The holiday you have been waiting for!
This was a lighthearted romp through a week or two at the newly opened Boomerville Hotel; not surprisingly, intended to cater for the ageing baby boomer population. As a baby boomer myself, I have to confess that the concept of the hotel, with classes and activities, quite appealed to me.

It took me a a while to get into this because it is a bit of a cast of thousands, but there are some wacky characters, some of whom are quite endearing. The hotel is run by
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I think I may have been a little late checking in Boomerville Hotel - I struggled to 'find my way around' and couldn't seem to pinpoint the 'oomph' of the storyline until later on in the book.

That said, once I had gotten myself settled into my room and made myself familiar with all of the other residents in the hotel, the last half of the book and I became good friends. In fact, I ended up laughing out loud several time
Erin Lewis
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star review of The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

This is a new author to me and wow what an introduction. I laughed so much I cried in this book; it was fabulous and I couldn't put it down. The writing is well executed, hilarious, sweet, dramatic and honestly a great read.

The clientele are eclectic and made for some seriously funny moments in this book.Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have decided to create a holiday retreat with a difference, targeting a specific type of client.It
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 new ...more
Jackie Wright
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Caroline James is a new author to me and I have to ask myself why.. this book was so funny , I laughed til I cried and I loved the shenanigans at The Best Boomerville Hotel, this book is a laugh out loud, fun, passionate story full of quirky eccentric characters and the author really had me feeling like I was on holiday visiting the country I grew up in.
Jo and Hattie open a hotel in the Lake District for the over 50’s and this book follows their story as they invite the Baby Boomers to come and
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Caroline's latest novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel is published by Ruby Fiction and is being described as 'Britain's answer to the 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 o