The Best Boomerville Hotel, Cumbria’s answer to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, hits bookshop shelves in coming days. First released as an ebook its success (becoming an Amazon best seller) – has secured paperback release by Ruby Fiction, part of multi award winning women’s fiction publishers, Choc Lit.
Author, Caroline James, a former Cumbrian hotel owner (The House at Temple Sowerby), says, ‘I am over the moon to see The Best Boomerville Hotel out in paperback and must thank all my readers for making it happen. I’ve been overwhelmed by the reception it’s received and the terrific support. It goes to show that pursuing your dreams, even in middle years – a subject very much at the heart of The Best Boomerville Hotel – is not a thing to fear but a passion to embrace because I’ve found that coming out of your comfort zone in midlife and beyond is absolutely brilliant.’
Reviews have been fantastic and include:
‘I thought this book was just fabulous, sheer enjoyment from the first page to its perfect end. There can be nothing much better than taking a diverse collection of quirky but perfectly drawn characters, placing them in a well-defined setting, throwing in a few fireworks, then sitting back and seeing what happens.’
The Best Boomerville Hotel is all about its namesake, a fictional hotel set in the Lake District that hosts holiday retreats for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences – and for some, hoping to beat loneliness.
That defeating of loneliness and the social and creative methods at play within the Best Boomerville Hotel is at the very heart of what the NHS is now proposing – putting social activities such as cookery and art classes on prescription for older people and isolated people.
The book is categorised not only as a fabulous read but as Boomer lit – fiction written, and marketed with the baby boomer audience in mind. It features characters and topics the boomer generation – those born between 1946 and 1964 – can identify with and embrace. Not that the appeal of The Best Boomerville Hotel is restricted to baby boomers; readers of all ages are enjoying the shenanigans of the hotel’s guests.
Caroline, a baby boomer herself, admits that she pictured The House at Temple Sowerby when writing the story and strongly utilised her experience of running the hotel. She explains, ‘Knowing the property so well certainly helped with the writing.’ Extensive research was also undertaken into issues that can be a part of this second coming of age – such as the loneliness earlier mentioned.
‘Loneliness can be one of the biggest issues effecting baby boomers,’ Caroline explained. ‘When I carried out research for the book, I discovered that one in three people in the UK, over the age of 50, now live on their own.’
The Best Boomerville Hotel is available in paperback from all good bookstores from 7 November when it is also released as an audio book.
Caroline James will be at a meet and greet Afternoon Tea being held at The House at Temple Sowerby on Saturday 24 November 2018 at 3pm and will be signing copies of her book. Tickets can be bought in advance via [email protected]