Saturday, 13 April 2013
Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown
Amid this rivalry, are sisters Marty and Cathy and their dearest friend Trixie. Together they run Miss Clawdy's Cafe, named after the twins' mother. Across the street from the cafe, lives 78 year young Agnes Flynn, feisty aunt of the twins. And across from her, in the renovated garage is Darla Jean and her Christian non-denominational church. Darla Jean is herself a reformed prostitute.
On the far side of town, both physically and financially, is Violet Prescott, self appointed for life Queen of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society. Everything in town must go according to some plan that Violet has devised, which is solely to the benefit of herself and her son.
Even with all the underhand conniving by Violet, the twins, their aunt and Trixie manage to thrive and deepen their friendships. While their relationships strengthen, they open their hearts and homes to those around them and show that small town warmth that I expected.
This book was funny and highly entertaining but at the same time, it has a sensitive side that makes it a personal story. The main characters range in age from early 20s to almost 80 years old, making it a suitable read for a wide range of readers.
Food plays a big role in this book as you might expect from owners of a cafe. The food descriptions make me want to visit Miss Clawdy's and try the daily specials, or to nip across the street with Agnes after closing and gorge on the day's leftovers. Author Carolyn Brown even has a section on her website where she has included some of these recipes. She invites readers of her books, to write her if there is a particular recipe that would like.
I read an early ebook version of this novel, but have ordered a paper copy as I enjoyed it so much and want to share it with my mother.
Website for author Carolyn Brown
Thanks to Sourcebooks for my review copy and for use of the cover image.
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