Confession Girl Book Club: Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee
Sweetness and a little competition didn’t hurt anyone. The latest Confession Girl Book Club is highlighting Barnes & Noble Free ebook Friday with a little bit of southern charm. Bestelling 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.
Miss Clawdy’s Café has won the Jubilee blue ribbon every year since the dawn of time. This year, town matron Violet Prescott is going after that ribbon with an iron-clad determination only thinly disguised by her perfect coiffure and flawless manners, bless her heart. It’s time for café owners Cathy and Marty and their best friend Trixie to pull out their secret weapon. And this is where a lifetime of friendship, combined with just the right recipe at just the right time, might carry the day—or blow everything to smithereens. Welcome to Cadillac, Texas, where the jalapeños are hot, the gossip is hotter, and at the end of the day, it’s the priceless friendships that are left standing…
From all the review this book reminds me a little bit of “The Help” and “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood”. Here are a couple reviews, one good, one bad, so you have the facts. The Confession Girl book club downloaded this book and it’s gong in the queue.
Welcome to the ruthless and competitive world of food competitions. To most people, Cadillac, Texas, population of 1524 people, is a pleasant and nurturing place to live. Become a member of the Blue Ribbon Jalapeno Society and it becomes a cut-throat, back stabbing battle ground. Growing the hottest jalapenos and creating food products from them was the founding principle of this decades old club. The competition with the group and between the neighbouring town is quite fierce. This book was funny and highly entertaining but at the same time, it has a sensitive side that makes it a personal story. The main characters range in age from early 20s to almost 80 years old, making it a suitable read for a wide range of readers. goodreads.com
This book started with some promise to be a fun story with some interesting characters. Unfortunately it grew into a stampede out of control. The characters were flying all over the place with no clear direction, the story was as shallow as a piece of tin foil, and the ending was a real dud. However, I finished it and spent two evenings with something to read. I give it a three but would prefer to give 2.5. goodreads.com
Let us know if you plan on reading Blue Ribbon or if you read it already, what did you think.