Review: Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean and Me by Caroline James

Welcome to Friday!  Today I have a wonderful book to share with you.  Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean and Me is a testament that though you grow older doesn’t mean that life stops.  This book will make you want to drop everything and take the next flight to Barbados.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

28450583Book Blurb:

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


Jo and Hattie have had a rough go of things.  Hattie soon comes up with the idea of visiting Jo’s son in Barbados.  Jo finds this holiday will be just what she needs to prepare herself for moving forward  with her life after the death of her husband.  What they both find will change them forever.  Hattie falls for a local and Jo complicates things by having an affair with a rockstar all the while having someone pining for her back home.  Jo and Hattie find that with their friendship, a vacation and a press of that all might reset button life doesn’t end just because your middle aged.

This was quite an enjoyable book.  Hattie is quite the character.  She definitely has no filter and livens up everything. Jo on the other hand has had a lot of hardships and must learn to over come and move forward.  It is definitely something woman of any age can relate to.  The weaving of friendship, grief, love and relationships makes this a masterpiece for all women to read.  Descriptions of Jo, Hattie, Pete, Jimmy and all the others emotions and thoughts bring them into a relatable zone.  The story is masterfully told through the voices of all characters.  Readers are drawn into this world and will definitely want to go to the Caribbean for an extended vacation.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. carolinejamesauthor
    Apr 11, 2017 @ 05:11:52

    Reblogged this on carolinejamesauthorblog and commented:
    As summer is just around the corner, I cam across this review of Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me and thought I’d share it, huge thanks to the Book Maven for her lovely review. Happy sunny days everyone xx Review: “The weaving of friendship, grief, love and relationships makes this a masterpiece for all women to read.”


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