Boomerville at Ballymegille
Boomerville is back!
Join Hattie and Jo as they head to Southern Ireland to open Boomerville Manor, a holiday retreat for guests of ‘a certain age’. There’s Irish craic and shenanigans aplenty for the colourful cast of characters as everyone gathers for the grand opening.
Meet Melissa, an ex-cabaret singer running from her abusive husband, and Bill, a bachelor bullied from beyond the grave by the ghostly voice of his mother. Along with local bobby Harry the Helmet, ageing aquatic team the Boomerville Babes, eccentric artist Lucinda Gray, and heartthrob Finbar Murphy, they gather in Ireland and the fun begins. But murder is in the air and there’s mischief afoot. Will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?
Set in the beautiful Irish countryside, ‘Boomerville at Ballymegille’ is a heart-warming story of friendship, fears and new beginnings.
Hi Lisa and huge thanks for hosting me on your wonderful blog as I celebrate the launch of my new book, Boomerville at Ballymegille. Boomerville is a holiday retreat for guests ‘of a certain age.’ I’d like to explain why I often choose the older protagonist as the main characters in my writing.
Boomerville at Ballymegille is a retreat for the more mature guest, who can book a stay and participate in various courses. From a conventional art class or creative writing, to whacky sessions that include getting stoned with a Shaman.
When I was compiling research for the novel, I discovered that in the UK today one in three adults over the age of fifty, now live on their own. This may be, for example, though choice, death of a partner or divorce. I talked to countless over fifties and realised that many are lonely and unsure of what to do with the rest of their lives.
With my ‘Boomerville’ books I want to inspire readers with the message that it is alright to get older, to embrace this second bite at life and find ways to discover new adventures and friends and run down the road to happiness, not stagger unhappily on a walking frame. Boomerville at Ballymegille is a feel-good book about the older protagonist having fun, but it covers serious issues too such as abuse and bullying.
Many years ago, I used to own a country house hotel and this was the inspiration behind this book. My readers both male and female, consistently tell me that they wish that there was a real Boomerville Hotel, for they would make a booking immediately and if I had the country house today, rest assured I would turn it into a Boomerville!
Lisa, I wish you and your readers a safe and happy journey through these difficult times.
Warmest wishes to you all,
About the Author:
Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can.
A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. Caroline also runs writing workshops.
In her spare time, Caroline can be found walking up a mountain with her two Westie dogs, sipping raspberry gin or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.
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