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.
This was an exhausting read. These peeps were so screwed up. But I did enjoy it. Although, I thought Malpas could have been a bit more concise in her storytelling. But I'll hang around for the 3rd and final installment.
This was a surprisingly entertaining book. Despite that ridiculous book cover. But I sincerely hope in the next book, Alessandra gets a good editor. Because there is no excuse for mixing up your and you're, over and over again.
Since so many of my goodreads friends have read and raved, I decided to finally read it. And I wouldn't say I was disappointed exactly. But I will say it took me longer to get through this book than it should have. I liked the story. I liked the 2 main characters. And the sex scenes were pretty darn hot. But for some reason it all felt too easy, too boring. I wanted higher stakes here. I think if there were, I would have been much more invested. But it still wasn't a bad few hours of reading.