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Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me: A feel-good novel of friendship and love (Coffee, Tea... by Caroline James Book 2) by [James, Caroline]
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  • 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
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Hooray, Jo and Hattie have another adventure! I've enjoyed all of this author's books. The stories are human, heartwarming and hopeful. The characters are well developed and the storyline holds your interest. My only tiny suggestion (and this may be only for the Kindle copy) is that these books need a good editing for misspelled words and grammatical errors. It doesn't really detract from the story, and is just a minor irritant. I also love the use of local dialect and "Britishisms". I'm looking forward to more Jo and Hattie, so please don't disappoint!
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I really enjoy books that feature rather more mature characters, people I can actually identify with. When I saw this book described as setting out to prove it can be fabulous to be fifty, I was immediately engaged - and the book didn't disappoint one bit.

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.
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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.
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The story begins with a very despondent and heartbroken Jo who is a widow facing an uncertain future. She feels unable to move on from her husbands sudden death and can see no further than one day at a time. She is stuck in limbo and knows she must make a decision about her future and that of the hotel they owned. Her children have flown the nest, each involved in their own new venture and Jo feels surplus to requirements. She knows she needs to carve out a new future for herself and that means a possible move away from all that is familiar to her.

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!).
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