- File Size: 1560 KB
- Print Length: 326 pages
- Publisher: Ramjam Publishing Company (February 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 12, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019NZ4GXE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me: A feel-good novel of friendship and love (Coffee, Tea... by Caroline James Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Caroline writes quite beautifully - very readable conversational style, great descriptions, vividly drawn characters, sparkling humour, a touch of real sadness - and this book was the quite perfect escape from a wet couple of days in Yorkshire. The Barbados setting is wonderfully done - I really felt I'd been on my holidays too, drinking (in Hattie's case, too many!) cocktails on the beach, swaying to the reggae rhythms, swimming with turtles, eating fresh caught fish, with a bit of romance on the side - wonderful stuff.
But this book is a great deal more than "what I did on my holidays". The two main characters are quite excellent - Jo trying to move on after a time of great sadness and loss, Hattie the perfect friend to lift her spirits. I loved Jo, and really felt for her - but I developed a really soft spot for Hattie, straight talking, earthy, exceptionally entertaining and the best friend anyone could wish for. There were little touches I loved throughout this book, many involving Hatty, mostly involving her appetite for food and other things - I can picture her so vividly, in her many unsuitable outfits.
But the other characters are really engaging too - I'd like a Pete of my own please, Tom was much more complex than he first appeared, and I really enjoyed everyone involved in the parallel story of Jo's son and his developing career as a TV chef.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Jo's best friend Hattie is feeling equally despondent. Her rat of a husband has treated her badly. Despite Jo warning Hattie about her husbands infidelity, Hattie choose to ignore it until finally realising Jo was right. Now, she too is alone. However, Hattie isn't going to let the small matter of a broken heart stop her and she manages to talk Jo into having a holiday visiting Jo's son in Barbados. And, so the two women set off on their own little adventure.
I really enjoyed this book and I adored Hattie! She was totally nuts and one of a kind. Despite giving the impression of someone who was simply crashing through life, swatting away all her own hurt and pain, Hattie is actually quite a worldly wise woman with a sensible head (whenever she chooses) and a heart as big as the Caribbean itself. Her exploits in the book had me laughing out loud at times. But, through all her bravado, Hattie is as vulnerable as Jo.
Set in the beautiful Caribbean, the story introduces such a wealth of wonderful and colourful characters who really add such a fun dimension to the book. And, thankfully Hattie fits right in with her over enthusiastic embrace of all things fun (and alcoholic!).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yet again Caroline has weaved a story that keeps you gripped from the word go. Fab to have a book that focuses on life after the big 50, which is coming up for me far quicker than... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Nicky C.
About the book:
From Cumbria to the Caribbean...
Flying solo again in their middle years, can life really begin again for Jo and Hattie? Read more
Light-hearted, whimsical, and highly entertaining!
This book is witty, interesting, and engaging. Read more
I didn't enjoy this book at all until about the last third. Hattie was just an overweight, coarse, and obnoxious person and it was hard for me to understand why anyone would want... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J&KN in NC
I chose this rating because this story was so heartwarming. A special bond of friendship that I can relate to. Jo and Hattie have a special bond that has stood the test of time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peggy Kite
I actually feel like I have just got back from a wonderful vacation and now have the holiday blues after reading this novel. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sarah hardy
I haven’t read the previous book but I don’t feel that has lessened my enjoyment of this one at all.
Coffee, Tea, The Carribean & Me did exactly what I wanted it to .. Read more
This excellent story of friendship, loss and love is a must read. Set in Cumbria and the beautiful Carribean this novel ticks all the boxes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by stripeymonkey