The Best Boomerville Hotel, Cumbria’s answer to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is open for business. – in a literary sense.
Officially ‘opening its doors’ on 13 March – publication day, the fictional lake district hotel is being overwhelmed by the publishing world’s version of advance bookings as fans of what is now being called ‘Boomer lit’ pre order The Best Boomerville Hotel novel.
Boomer lit is fiction written, and marketed with the baby boomer audience specifically in mind. It features characters and topics the boomer generation – those born between 1946 and 1964 – can identify with and embrace. Not to say that Boomer lit’s appeal isn’t wider – as can be seen with the hugely popular Best Exotic Marigold Hotel film and BBC series that stemmed from the Deborah Moggach book, ‘These Foolish Things’.
The Best Boomerville Hotel is all about its namesake, a fictional hotel that plays host to a holiday retreat exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. The wonderful selection of colourful individuals it inevitably attracts ensures laughs aplenty for the reader but, as with the very best of books, there can be tears too.
Written by Amazon best selling author, Caroline James, a baby boomer herself and published by Ruby Fiction, a new imprint of the multi award winning women’s fiction publisher, Choc Lit, The Best Boomerville Hotel is receiving fantastic advance reader reviews as it successfully balances the fun and humour of the guests’ shenanigans with exploration of more serious issues that can be a part of this second coming of age.
Reviews have included: ‘A coming of age book for those of a certain age,’ ‘A lovely addictive read and one that I would recommend,’ and ‘Caroline’s characters shone their magic brightly and kept me hooked, evoking strong emotions. A triumph, I absolutely loved this book.’
Caroline James said, ‘I’m really thrilled with the forward reviews. The Best Boomerville Hotel was huge fun to write but there are serious issues there too. One in three people over the age of 50 in the UK live on their own. I’d love mid lifers to look positively at growing older and embrace new challenges. It is never too late to begin again and do something that takes you out of your comfort zone and invigorates new learning and experiences, unexpected friendships and possibly, love. The Best Boomerville Hotel stems from this. The book is, thankfully, highly enjoyable to the reader, but it isn’t light on subject matter, exploring topics such as loneliness and vulnerability in later life and even climate change, as Cumbria’s recent flash floods feature.’
The Best Boomerville Hotel is released electronically first on 13 March. It is open for bookings so can be pre ordered on all eBook platforms.