The Spa Break by Caroline James

It’s 2018 and Bridgette Haworth’s 70th birthday is coming up, so along with her three best friends – Emily Avondale (63), Serena Alleyne (62) and Marjory Ecclestone (68), they leave their homes in Flaxby, Lancashire to go to a luxury spa called Sparadise for a weekend treat.

Emily is a single mum to two boys in their twenties who don’t want to leave home. Serena is a former TV chef and married to artist Cornelius. Bridgette lives in a big manor with her husband Hugo. Marjory is married to Reg, a man whose only love seems to be his pigeons. All the women are lacking something in their lives – relationship happiness, body confidence, sexual fulfilment and so on.

During their stay at Sparadise, they all discover some of what has been missing from their lives and try to improve things and reach for what they want out of life. The resort has plenty of entertaining characters and I especially loved the couple Stevie and Robin, as well as Norman the naturist!

It’s a fun girlie romcom, albeit a bit too “sexy” for me, as I prefer more “behind closed doors” scenes. But it is also about how the women discover what they need in their lives, and about the wonderful bonds of female friendship, so it is a positive and uplifting read and great to have older women as the main characters.


The Spa Break – #TheSpaBreak 

The Spa Break – The laugh-out-loud romantic comedy of the year for fans of The Book Club 

with Jane Fonda & Judy Leigh!

A weekend at the spa will leave four old friends with a whole lot more than they’d bargained for…

The glossy brochure promised a serene experience of total tranquillity and rejuvenation, but what best friends Bridgette, Emily, Serena and Marjory get is a weekend that upends their lives!

There for a girls’ weekend to celebrate Bridgette’s impending seventieth birthday, the spa soon has these spicy sexagenarians realising that there are unexpected benefits to age and experience, and that over the hill certainly doesn’t mean out of the game…in any respect…

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Author Bio –

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 escapes whenever lockdown allows. A public speaker, which has included talks and lectures on cruise ships worldwide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. Caroline writes articles and runs writing workshops, is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer & Journalists and the Society of Authors. In her spare time, Caroline can be found walking with Fred, her Westie and in summer, wild water swimming. In winter, when not working, she relaxes with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @CarolineJames12

Facebook: Caroline James Author

Amazon Author Page

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Published by karenlouisehollis

53, lives in Lincoln, England. Published writer, book blogger and reviewer, mum, grandma, cat owner, vegetarian. Loves reading and sewing. My novel is out - WELCOME TO WHITLOCK CLOSE.

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