Blog Tour. Book Review: The Best Boomerville Hotel, by Caroline James.

24 Mar
Blog Tour. Book Review: The Best Boomerville Hotel, by Caroline James.

Thank you to Author Caroline James and Rachel from Rararesources for welcoming me with open arms onto this blog tour. I have read all of Caroline’s previous books and have been excited to read Boomerville since I heard Caroline was writing it. Now the time has come to tell you my thoughts on it. Please visit all the other lovely tour guides for this brilliant book.


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?


March 13th 2018 by Ruby Fiction

My Thoughts:

Well, what can I say? Except for this is another master piece from the lovely and talented Caroline James. I knew I would love Boomerville, as I have loved all her other books. It isn’t necessary to read Caroline’s previous books, as this can totally be read as a standalone. But having read all her previous, I was delighted to see what some of the characters I remember so fondly from before have been up to. 

The Best Boomerville Hotel is a hotel set up and run by Jo and Hattie, 2 bestest of friends. (Their relationship is fantastic, funny and heart warming). During the book, we hear about the various weird and wonderful guests, staff and some of the arranged activities that have been set up in the hotel.

This is pure escapism in a book. Caroline’s words made me laugh, sigh and imagine myself many years from now going on a little or longer break to a hotel like Boomerville. If this place were real, it would be booked out every season! The food also is another very enticing part of Boomerville. The Author is a total foodie like me, and you can tell that by the delicious descriptions of the food and drinks that are served in Booomerville.   


“….a tray of almond fingers, fresh from the oven”

The writing flowed easily from page to page and I felt I was part of the journey of Boomerville. I would laugh along with Hattie and Jo. Imagine tickling under Bunty’s (Jo’s dog) chin, then go to devour some of the delicious hotel food made by their amazing Chef Sandra.

This book has the usual Caroline James dollop’s of laughter, smiles, cringes and licking of lips. It is a total gem of a read. I’m ready for the next dish already! 

Have a look at the lovely trailer for Boomerville. If you weren’t sure before, you will be after seeing this ♥



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17 responses to “Blog Tour. Book Review: The Best Boomerville Hotel, by Caroline James.

  1. Caroline James Author

    March 24, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Amanda… THANK YOU. I am so thrilled that you enjoyed The Best Boomeville Hotel and that it lived up to expectations having read my other books. Sincere thanks for taking the time and trouble to read, review and host on your super blog. Happy recipes, reading and blogging. Warmest wishes to all, Caroline xx

    • chocolatepages

      March 24, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Thank you Caroline. As you can tell, I really did enjoy your latest book. Thank you for the lovely comments, a fab book and my place on your blog tour. Happy reading, writing and recipes to you too. xx

  2. Florence

    March 24, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I have read all Caroline James previous books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I look forward to reading The Best Boomerville Hotel and catching up with Jo and Hattie again.

    • chocolatepages

      March 25, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      It is another good one and it was lovely to hear from Hattie and Jo again. I hope you enjoy this one as much as the others when you get a chance to read it.

  3. irena_bookdustmagic

    March 27, 2018 at 6:24 am

    I am so glad to hear you enjoyed reading this book so much! I know she is one of your favorite authors, so I’m glad the book lived up to your expectations.
    Now when the spring is here, it’s the pesrfect read for relaxation!

    • chocolatepages

      April 15, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks Irena, it was a great relaxing book. I’m already looking forward to Caroline’s next one!

  4. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    March 27, 2018 at 9:30 am

    I find in difficult to find true escapism books, but here it sounds like it does the trick! I love the cover, it reminds me of holidays and kids’ drawings! xx

    • chocolatepages

      April 15, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks Meggy. I think it takes a really good Author to allow real escapism in a book, but your mind frame has to allow it too. I guess that is why we like crime and thrillers. Its not escapism, but draws you into another world.

  5. Lindsay | Bookboodle

    March 31, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I like the idea that the characters aren’t all 20-30 somethings, which is the usual age range! I like to read about people of my own age (early 40s) 🙂
    Thanks for linking with #TalkoftheTown Amanda x

    • chocolatepages

      March 31, 2018 at 11:59 am

      Same here, it was really nice to read a good chick lit book that was a bit different from the rest. Thanks for your comments .

  6. kathleenjowitt

    March 31, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    This sounds like a lot of fun! I used to work in a hotel; there’s always something interesting going on…

    • chocolatepages

      March 31, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      So did the Author of this book. I’m sure that’s where some of her ideas and inspiration came from. 😉

  7. shazjera

    April 2, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I was on tour with my Q&A Amanda so good to read your review. It’s how I thought it would be 🙂
    Thanks for linking #TalkoftheTown

    • chocolatepages

      April 15, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks Shaz, the Boomerville tour was a great tour and I loved reading everyone else post for it. I’m already looking forward to Caroline’s next book.

  8. Cozynookbks

    June 9, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    This book sounds so sweet. And I love the setting. (I’m an Anglophile!) I love reading books about people of a certain age. Thanks for a great review. 😊

    • chocolatepages

      June 10, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      This book (and it’s Author) is like none other that I have read, because of the age of the main characters. It is really refreshing to read them. Plus the setting is amazing! Thank you.


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