Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean & Me by Caroline James


Book Description:

From Cumbria to the Caribbean…

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.

“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.”

Caroline’s books are stand-alone stories but characters do make appearances throughout. The best order to read them is:

Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me
So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef?
Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me

My Thoughts:

I actually feel like I have just got back from a wonderful vacation and now have the holiday blues after reading this novel.

Part of the novel is set in the Caribbean and through the wonderful descriptions I felt I was with Jo and Hattie on their holiday. I could almost feel the sun on my face as well as hear the sea. You certainly can’t help but get caught up in the whole holiday feel.

Jo is still trying to get over the loss of her husband and even though she is still trying to figure out which direction to take her life, I did want to give her a good shake so she could see what was right under her nose back in Cumbria.

Poor Pete is head over heels in love with Jo. To be fair I think Jo does take advantage of Pete to a certain extent and doesn’t treat him as well as he deserves. He really is a lovely man and is determined to try and win Jo over even though his attempts don’t always go as well to plan.

Hattie is very much a larger than life characters in more ways than one. She certainly brings a sense of fun to the whole story.

Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean & Me is a light hearted and lovely read that will brighten up your day and bring some fun and sunshine into your life whatever time of the year it is.

Many thanks to the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean & Me is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.

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