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- Print Length: 356 pages
- Publisher: Ramjam Publishing Company (February 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 12, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019NZ4GXE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me: A heart-warming feel-good read of friendship and love (Coffee Tea, series... Book 3) Kindle Edition
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‘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 a colorful 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 about her future, can life really begin again for Jo?
What did I like? Well, being in the age range that this book covers the subject matter really hit me. I loved the thought of now is the time to happy and how the girls went about it. Very heartfelt read.
What will you like? A quirky cast of characters, a little mystery, a love story in the making, a lot of laughter, and a little heartache. This has a great cast of characters that will keep the book moving and the mystery of the outcome is enough to carry the book. I loved the final decisions that were made and of course, the love that blossoms and blooms! A really good read that will hold your attention.
It was great to read of two "middle aged" widows finding love and happiness again.
Top international reviews
Story telling of love, life and rum punches told at its very best.
The story starts as Jo contemplates her future; the huge decision of whether to sell her disbanded hotel following the untimely death of husband John, hangs heavily about her. Best friend and former employee, the inimitable Hattie, has other ideas and talks Jo into a Caribbean holiday under the guise that it will give her space to decide her future
This is where the fun starts. As a frail Jo starts to regain her strength, the magic of Barbados seeps into her bones. The force of nature that is Hattie is determined that they will live it large and as the tale unfolds a fabulous cast of characters are woven around them.
I laughed, sniggered and cried at this book as I cheered our heroines on. It was a joy to revisit old friends from previous books, all cleverly interwoven into the story as well as many memorable new ones.
It seems like it’s been a long wait for this book, but boy was it worth it, well done Caroline, another winner!
This story encompasses themes of loss, friendship, finding love and starting over, making it a relatable, and captivating read. The Carribean is brought to life brilliantly with wonderful touches of detail, and I loved the insight into the world of the celebrity chef.
A fab read!
Jo is now a widow, her only companion is her friendly Labrador Meg as her son's have also left the nest. Jimmy now runs a bar in the Caribbean and Zach is a Michelin star chef who is now being touted in London as the next big thing. Hattie is also on her own now that Maurice has been exposed as a serial philanderer and she is worried about Jo, who has decided to put Kirkton Manor, her country house hotel, up for sale. So she comes up with the idea of a holiday in Barbados to visit Jimmy and our fifty plus ladies leave Cumbria for a much hotter climate and much more besides!
This would have been an ideal holiday read for me as I just wanted to be sitting on a sunlounger somewhere with a cocktail in my hand like Jo and Hattie! As a lady of a similar age, I really took to the pair of friends especially Hattie who I loved for her healthy appetite for food and life! She really made me laugh with her confidence and attitude, without a care in the world about what others thought of her. Their adventures in Barbados introduced a whole host of fabulous characters although I wanted to shake Jo at times to make her realise what she had back at home-her business and a man who had loved her for a long time and was just waiting for her to realise what was under her nose the whole time!
This really is a feel good read and you can't help but smile throughout the various situations Jo and Hattie find themselves in. It also showed an emotional side to a very real lifestyle change that can affect women in their fifties, those who have to rebuild their lives after divorce or death of a life partner. The holiday in the Caribbean is only part of this funny but sympathetic novel that helps Jo especially come to terms with the way her life has changed.
I will certainly be reading the follow up to this book Coffee, Tea, The Boomers and Me which promises more humour as we follow Jo and Hattie into the next exciting stage in their lives.
I loved being reunited with Jo and Hattie and several other captivating characters from Coffee, Tea, the Gypsy and Me, however, if you picked up this book without having read the prequel, you still couldn't help but be swept along by Jo and Hattie's adventures.
In addition to the shenanigans in the Caribbean, we are treated to a fascinating glimpse into the world of celebrity chefs and also to Caroline's humour which runs throughout the book.
I can't wait for Caroline's next book to see how the "boomers" get on in their new temporary home!
The author clearly loves Cumbria but also the Caribbean and describes both well- so much so that I want to pull out a beach chair, pick up a rum punch and keep reading. It is a delightful book - full of fun and humour but is also touching and poignant. The book is part of the Coffee, Tea... series but makes a very good stand-alone read too. Would definitely recommend this to friends – you won’t be disappointed, I loved it! Great beach read :)
Because here is an authentic voice that has great insight into human nature.She was born to "entertain"and to write with such authority has obviously experienced both highs and lows in her life. She writes about what she knows best, the catering and hospitality industry and the people who work there. Describing people we would all like to meet and how they live their very eventful lives.
We enter an empty hotel in "Westmorland" and meet Jo a grieving widow who feels lost and alone. Then a fabulous holiday in the Caribbean visiting her son Jimmy, with an uninhibited friend called Hattie lifts both their spirits and they return home ready to start over. Along the way we share their many adventures as they learn to love and trust again.
I was engaged from start to finish, it's a feel good book and I thoroughly enjoyed the romantic interludes in both the Caribbean and in Westmorland!
Jo and Hattie although older and having gone through some tough times are just fabulous. Everyone should have a friend like Hattie!
There are some really interesting new comers with story lines that keep you
guessing what is around the corner for Jo.
As for the food mentioned would love to see the recipes - Caribbean cake or trout roulade - left my mouth watering....
Looking forward to the next instalment - keep up the great work Caroline.