ARC REVIEW: Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown


I love small Texas towns.  I love the look of them.  I love the individual feel of them.  And while I didn’t grow up in a small Texas town, I have spent a lot of time in them.  And after reading Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Jubilee Society, I’m still not certain that Carolyn Brown has spent any time in a small Texas town.  This is Ms. Brown’s first foray into chick lit, and it’s a fairly good first try.  The publisher had this to say about Ms. Brown’s book “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.”  Without giving away too much detail, the book covers the goings on of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society and all the women in it, plus a cheating Police Chief, a wanna be politician, and an underground railroad for abused women.  Sound like a lot?  That’s because it is.  Too much, in fact.  With so many people and so many things happening, I don’t really get to know any of these women.  And I so would have loved to know more about Cathy and Marty, Trixie and Agnes.  But Brown moves us around so much, so fast, I can only get a glimpse of who each woman truly is.  And when we finally settle at the end of the book, it finishes with a whimper, instead of a bang.  However, there is enough good things here to get me to read her second chick lit book (if she decides to do one).  Because Ms. Brown is clearly a strong writer.  And I hope she takes the good from this book and makes the next book much, much better.

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Reviewer Girl with her head in the Romance clouds. Love to review and discuss British and American Chick Lit, American Contemporary Romance, and page-turning Fiction.
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