Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown

The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee
by Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: March 1, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Lit
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Bestselling author Carolyn Brown makes her first foray into women's fiction with this poignant and hilarious novel about four friends in Cadillac, Texas—where the best jalapenos in the world are grown. Everything is calm in Cadillac, Texas until Aunt Agnes declares war on Violet Prescott, the president of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society, just in time for the annual jubilee. But after the festivities—and the hostilities—are over, it's four friends who are left standing, proving once again that friendship is forever.
Carolyn Brown is most known for her contemporary western romances and I was excited to try The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee her first venture into woman’s fiction. Brown delivered a humorous tale about four women living in Cadillac, Texas. This was a quick, quirky and enjoyable character driven tale about life in a small town renowned for growing the hottest jalapeños.

Oh my, the things that go on Cadillac Texas!  We meet the members of the Jalapeno Society run by; Violet Prescott the town's self-imposed queen and ruler. The tale centers around Trixie Matthews, twins Marty and Cathy Andrews and Darla Jean the newest addition to their social circle. Cathy is planning to wed Ethan Prescott and Violet is planning  to control her life just likes she rules her son. Cathy needs to put down her e-reader and smell the burnt coffee! Trixie lives above Miss Clawdy’s café and every Wednesday night she has a romp with her ex-husband, police officer Andy. Darla Jean is a reformed hooker who now preaches the word of God. Everyone is worried about the elections and dealing with life’s daily drama in small town Texas. As this character driven tale unfolded, I laughed and giggled aloud.

Brown has created a unique, sometimes hilarious cast of characters in this small town. Whether you love them or hate them you certainly won’t forget them. Marty, Trixie, Cathy and Darla are all very different and together they are wonderful. Even the twins are night and day; Cathy is soft-spoken and an introvert while Marty just lays it all out there and says exactly what she thinks. Trixie’s relationship with her ex-husband Andy and the woman he cheated on her with Anna Ruth was an interesting tread. Darla is an original and often offers the others a shoulder and advice. Violet is the type of woman you love to hate and secretly hope to see get her comeuppance. Aunt Agnes, god love her; she was my favorite character. Her shenanigans brought tears of joy to my eyes and made my sides hurt. There are other secondary characters we meet who add to the drama or help depict small town life.

I just have to put this out there... the secret to gorwing the hottest jalapeños made me giggle, then squish my nose. This is a heartwarming, hilarious, drama about friendship and small town politics. We see growth, friendship, a little mischief and some hanky-panky all wrapped in a clean southern tale. The tale starts a little slow, but once you get to know the characters you become hooked. The characters all felt believable whether you loved them or loved hating them. While I did not connect with all of them I did understand what drove them and their dynamics in this small town. I enjoyed my visit and would certainly go to Cadillac, Texas again.

Fans of chick-lit and character driven novels will enjoy The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee and its cast of lively characters.

Three and half cups of coffee from Miss Clawdy’s Café out of five
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27 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM , Anonymous Debbie Haupt said...

thanks Kim, great review

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM , Anonymous Barbara Walker said...

Terrific review, chica! I may or may not live in a place populated by similar people (except for the retired hooker), so this one really has my interest. Hmm, now I'm wondering what their secret is to growing jalapeno peppers - mine is to find the right aisle in the grocery store. ;)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM , Anonymous Jenea Whittington said...

I love the sounds of this one. Small towns and secrets are always great. I live in a town where everybody is related in shape or form or know each other for years. :) Wonderful review.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous Christa said...

Love the title!

This book sounds adorable and like it would be a great vacation read

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

oh then you would appreciate the interaction in Cadillac

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

I love jalapenos! Haha.. This sounds like such a fun book. And now I need to know the secret to growing the hottest jalapenos.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Me too, hahaha. the secret is interesting!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous Candace's Book Blog said...

I just saw this featured on Heidi's blog and it sounds fantastic! I love southern small towns and I think the characters would really have me giggling! I'll have to remember to pick this one up in the future too!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Enjoy Candace

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous Lauren said...

This book sounds like so much fun! Unforgettable characters and small town quirk are major pluses for me. Aunt Agnes sounds like a hoot. :-) Fabulous review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

She is one of a kind!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous A Belle's Tales said...

I just discovered this little gem today! I'm super excited to read this one - it'll be just like going back home for a visit! Thanks for the coffee <3

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha..you are welcome!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous blodeuedd said...

I do like Carolyn Brown :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Me too :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

I absolutely love the title of this one! For whatever reason it makes me smile.


It sounds like this was a fun read!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I agree :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous GRgenius said...

This one was already on my wish list but your review definitely gave it more oompf! ^_^ Sounds like a fun read indeed and my, what a mix of characters! Reformed hooker and all...LOL. Thanks for the great review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Oh enjoy, the characters living in Cadillac are a hoot!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha...I like your secret!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

She did good with woman's fiction, it was hilarious

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I want to know the jalapeno growing secret! lol This sounds like such a fun book..I love small town casts of characters!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was fun, and the secret still makes me giggle and wrinkle my nose!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous brandileigh2003 said...

The unique and hilarious characters seem like they were well done. Thanks for review girl. Brandi
@ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

welcome and they were such colorful characters :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Heidi said...

I have this on my blog today along with a guest post interview with Carolyn and Agnes that I think you will enjoy. This was the perfect pick me up read after a few dark reads. I adored Agnes and want to be just like her when I grow up!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha..yeah Agnes was da bomb!

 

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