The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown

March 12th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Review 27 Comments

12th Mar
The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown
The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee
by Carolyn Brown
Published by: Sourcebooks
Genres: Women's fiction
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

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About Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown

Author Carolyn BrownNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown was born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma. These days she and her husband make their home in Davis, Oklahoma, a small town of less than three thousand people where everyone knows everyone, knows what they are doing and with whom, and read the weekly newspaper to see who got caught. A plaque hangs on her office wall that says I know the voices are not real but they have such great ideas. That is her motto and muse as she goes through the days with quirky characters in her head, telling their stories, one by one, and loving her job. She has been married almost half a century to a retired English teacher that she calls Mr. B and he does not read her books before they are published because she cannot afford a divorce. They have three grown children.—and enough grandchildren to keep them busy and young. When Carolyn is not writing she likes to sit in the back yard and watch the two tom cats protect the yard from all kinds of wicked varmints like crickets, other cats, spiders and blue jays.

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27 Responses to “The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown”

  1. Barbara Walker

    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. 😉

  2. Jenea Whittington

    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.

  3. Candace's Book Blog

    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!

  4. Lauren

    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!

  5. A Belle's Tales

    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

  6. kindlemom1

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

    It sounds like this was a fun read!

  7. GRgenius

    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!

  8. Heidi

    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!