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I was very happy to hear that one of my favourite Authors has published a new book. I have read all Caroline James’ previous books in the Coffee, Tea range. I have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment with Jo and Hattie in Boomerville which is due to be published in spring 2017. So, when I heard that Jungle Rocks, a fantastic novella was out, it immediately went to the top of my ‘must read’ list.
This is a stand alone novella, but it has many of the same characters from the previous books. I have included links to all my reviews of Caroline’s previous books.
Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me – MY REVIEW!
Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me – MY REVIEW!
So, You Think You’re a Celebrity…..Chef – MY REVIEW!
But now for the star review in question today, we have romantic comedy novella
by Caroline James Jungle Rocks.
Handsome young chef Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper, his fiancée Poppy Dunlop has broken their engagement. Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and, when his agent suggests that Zach becomes a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy.
Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King? Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away…
Published November 21st 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company
Jungle Rock is a brilliant story with a varying range of characters. Zach has broken up with Fiancee Poppy, and about to enter Jungle Survival. Of course this makes us all think of ‘I’m A Celebrity’ in the Australian jungle, and whether or not you are a fan of this programme, it doesn’t matter. If you like easy flow reading with drama, excitement and great characters, I think you will love it.
We hear about the rest of Zach’s family based in the UK, which gives us more of a picture of the type of character that Zach is. Jo and Hattie feature in Caroline’s other books, so for me it was wonderful to catch up with them again. I think if you read this as a standalone book you too will want to hear more from Jo and Hattie. Hattie is such a lively, doesn’t give a hoot kind of character. She is certainly my favourite. I even have a picture in my mind of what she looks like. Now, that is a good Author for you, if she makes you picture the characters in your head!
The story doesn’t focus too much on the trials, but there’s just enough to get your imagination running and your stomach creaking!
“I’d eat an antelope’s anus, I’m so hungry”.
There is perfect descriptions of Australia, with great names – Mount Wumbah! I wonder if this is real or Author’s artistic licence. Also, the Christmassy feel of West Marland. This is a festive novella that doesn’t ram Christmas down your neck, but will make you laugh with its humour, drama and array of intriguing and engaging characters. I loved it.
Author Caroline James:
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…’ Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me, an Amazon best-seller, 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, Boomerville will be published spring 2017.
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 her TV script, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity Chef? was runner up at the Winchester Writers Festival 2016.
She has published short stories and is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for an online lifestyle magazine. She is a founder member of The Cheshirati and is available for inspiring and entertaining talks on anything related to the hospitality and publishing industry.
“The time to be happy is now..”
What a wonderful quote to start your book. Any avid followers of my blog and / or Twitter will know that Caroline James is one of my favourite Authors.
This book is a follow up to ‘Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me’. You can read my review for that book HERE!
Author Caroline James sent me a wonderful package with this book, all beautifully wrapped with the signed paperback book and a slice of home baked Caribbean cake! Lucky me eh! The cake was delicious and the book great.
This book can absolutely be read as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading both as they are fantastic!
** All views are completely honest and my own, despite eating the Authors cake! 😉
Flying solo again in their middle years, can life really begin again for Jo and Hattie? Is there hope for the newly single baby boomers and can romance happen?
Continuing the Coffee Tea… series, join Jo and Hattie as they romp into their future and prove that anything is possible!
Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me is a stand-alone read but also the sequel to Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me which shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-Book of the week in The Sun Newspaper.
Set in Cumbria and the Caribbean.
“A story about friendship and loss…is there hope for those of a certain age?”
‘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, 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 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?
Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a 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.”
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Expected publication: February 12th 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company
This book starts off telling us about Jo and Hattie in Westmorland, unfortunately they are both single again in their later years. But they have a great friendship which we can see throughout the book. The story takes us from Westmorland to the Caribbean to London and back again. You can tell that the Author has a love for all of these places. The way Caroline describes Barbados made me want to go on holiday, and as I couldn’t just jump on a plane to the Caribbean, I made do with a rum punch. 😉
Caroline’s writing is smooth and easy reading with great descriptions. She totally puts the reader in the place, so you can just imagine yourself sitting on the white sands drinking cocktails.
“..secluded beach-fronted gardens and palm trees swayed, as the turquoise waters lapped..”
I knew before I started this book that I was going to see characters that I had ‘met’ before, and was excited to see what Caroline had in store for them. We also got to meet new lovely characters. We meet Jo’s second son Zach, who is dubbed the ‘Gypsy Chef’. I was especially happy to read of this new character as I love Caroline’s foodie descriptions. There are the deliciously English cooked breakfasts, Caribbean food – mmm Caribbean cake, and of course Zach’s ‘Gypsy Chef’ cooking.
“..chop a bunch of nettles. He tossed them into a pan to saute, along side finely diced wild garlic..”
There are such a wide range of characters in this book. I love the positivity from Hattie, she is always there for her friend Jo with uplifting words, fun and laughter. One of the side characters was Lottie. I would like to hear more from her in Caroline’s future books. She reminds me of Bubble from Ab Fab. I love the way Caroline describes her dress sense, it gives such a sense of her character.
This is what Lottie wore to a birthday party – “..a tight green body stocking, that emphasized every bone and a bright red bob hat. The ensemble reminded Bob of a giant match”
This book is very cleverly written whereby, if like me you have read Caroline’s two previous books you can see how all the characters link up. And wow there are some surprises there with some of the characters. I wasn’t expecting that!! (No spoilers, so you will have to read and find out for yourself).
I loved this book, it gave me an easy read with a great range of characters. There is love, comedy, emotion and food! What more can you ask for?! It was brilliant. ♥
I had a great interview with Author Caroline James. If you missed it, you can catch up HERE!
If you have read any of Caroline’s books, I’d love to hear your thoughts. If not, what did you think of the sound of this one? Do you want to read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, I love to read what you think! ♥
Thank you very much to Author Caroline James for sending me a copy of this fantastic book. This is the second book I have read by this talented Author. The first book ‘So, You Think You’re A Celebrity….Chef’ I gave 5 stars and loved it. You can see my review of that book here: Celebrity….Chef.
I wasn’t disappointed by this book either, it is just as well written with great characters and descriptions. See my thoughts below.
When Jo Edmond’s husband runs off with their nanny, Jo resolves to make a new life with her baby son. She purchases Kirkton House a run down guest house and, with the help of a colourful cast of locals, establishes a thriving country house hotel. She opens during Fair Week, a 300 year old gypsy tradition hated by the locals and loved by every tinker and traveller in the country.
Romance is the last thing on her mind, until the enigmatic John Doherty walks into her life...
After reading Caroline’s other book ‘So, You Think You’re A Celebrity….Chef’, I had high hopes for this book, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. I loved the characters, I loved her descriptive words and I loved the story.
The story starts off with Jo and her young son trying to make a go of a hotel business. There are financial struggles, love, loss and food! Lots of lovely food descriptions!! If you read my blog regularly you will know I love books that speak of food.
“enjoyed coffee and chocolate tiffin, a special recipe of Jo’s”.
The main character Jo was written as a woman who gets stronger throughout the book. Her best friend and assistant in the hotel Hattie is a great character, I think I liked her best. She was witty, blunt and ever so supportive of Jo. She did make me chuckle with her comments:
“Don’t look at his cauliflower ears, you’ll get used to them, all rugby players have them”
The two of them go to see a gypsy lady for a fortune telling, this part of the story gave me an unsettled feeling and you find out why later in the book.
The Gypsy that is spoken of in the book title John Docherty is superbly written. I don’t know much about gypsy life, but I feel that the writer must have done her research on this topic, because she seemed to describe everything in a way that gives a perfect picture of the gypsy fair that takes place and some of the traditions that they have.
This book is not predictable, a few unexpected things happen along the way and I was so taken by the characters Jo and Hattie that I wanted to know what would happen. There are plenty of supporting characters who each have minor tales in this book and they were very interesting too.
A strange memory has left me with this book, (apart from the characters and delicious food descriptions) and its down to the very talented descriptive work of this Author. I now really enjoy putting on lipstick!! This was something that Jo did when she was encountering a stressful situation and Caroline describes it so beautifully, that I think of this quote when I put mine on!
“…smoothed the warm melting wax over her lips.”
I loved this book, and will certainly be waiting with anticipation for Caroline James’ next book, which I hope is in the pipeline??? Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me was filled with captivating characters and brilliantly descriptive writing. I loved it.
Have you read this book or are you going to? Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you.
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