I am delighted to share an extract with you today on Blog Tour for The Spa Break – The laugh-out-loud romantic comedy of the year for fans of The Book Club with Jane Fonda & Judy Leigh! by Caroline James
A weekend at the spa will leave four old friends with a whole lot more than they’d bargained for…
The glossy brochure promised a serene experience of total tranquillity and rejuvenation, but what best friends Bridgette, Emily, Serena and Marjory get is a weekend that upends their lives!
There for a girls’ weekend to celebrate Bridgette’s impending seventieth birthday, the spa soon has these spicy sexagenarians realising that there are unexpected benefits to age and experience, and that over the hill certainly doesn’t mean out of the game…in any respect…
Shell, thank you so much for inviting me to your lovely blog, to share an extract from my new book, The Spa Break. It is a pleasure to be with you.
The extract below begins when four mature friends Bridgette, Serena, Marjory and Emily arrive at Sparadise for their weekend spa break. Greeted by the staff, Bossy Bridgette is horrified when she realises that there has been a mix up with the bookings…
Soundlessly, from a far corner of the hall, two staff members appeared. Like Danka, they were dressed in a smart uniform of tunics and trousers.
‘Alexandra oversees our pool area and all the associated facilities there,’ Danka said as the first girl stepped forward and gave a slight bow. Her glossy chestnut hair, styled in a fringed pixie cut, fell across her pretty face. Danka introduced another attractive girl, whose shoulder-length blonde hair bounced on her slim shoulders as she nodded to the new arrivals. ‘Monika manages our beauty and body treatments.’
Pole-axed by youth and beauty, the four friends stared back.
‘Alexandra will show Emily Avondale and Marjory Ecclestone to their twin-bedded room, which is on the first floor of the main house,’ Danka continued, ‘and Monika will accompany Serena Alleyne to her lake view room, which is in our new annexe. I will take Bridgette Haworth to our Emperor Bell.’
‘Erm, I’m sorry.’ Bridgette rose up. ‘Did you say Emperor Bell?’
‘It is one of our best glamping tents, and you will like.’
‘T… t… tent?’ Bridgette was incredulous.
‘Yes, come, I will show you.’
Danka began to move away, but Marjory, Emily and Serena stood behind Bridgette and stared anxiously as they waited for her reaction.
‘But I booked the penthouse suite!’
‘Oh, I’m sorry, did you not get the email?’ Danka asked.
What email?’ Bridgette stared up at the woman, her brow a mesh of anxious lines, with her lips pursed and fists clenched to do battle.
‘We wrote to inform you that we could not accommodate you in the penthouse and have changed your booking to one of our glamping tents.’
‘B… b… but that’s preposterous!’ Bridgette stamped her tiny feet.
Serena winced as she watched Bridgette’s nostrils flare. Emily turned, unable to witness Bridgette’s bulging eyes, and Marjory held out a hand to stroke Bridgette’s arm, only to have it brusquely knocked away.
‘Would you like to share with me?’ Serena spoke softly.
‘Or Emily and I can bunk up and you can take the other bed,’ Marjory suggested.
Bridgette was flummoxed. The last thing she wanted was to share a room. She hadn’t shared since her days in a dormitory at boarding school. Even at home with Hugo, she insisted on separate bedrooms. The thought of a tent was almost unimaginable. She closed her eyes and took several deep breaths. Counting slowly to ten, she regained her composure. It was only for a long weekend, so indeed, she’d manage.
‘I shall be perfectly all right, thank you, ladies,’ Bridgette began, ‘but, Danka, I want compensation for my inconvenience and expect you to pass on my complaint to the owners.’
‘Don’t worry.’ Danka smiled again. ‘All will be well, and as soon as you allow yourself to mentally and physically slip into Sparadise, you will begin to relax and leave such minor worries behind.’
Bridgette thought that her worry was hardly minor and she did not intend to slip into anything, especially a tent. Still, as she said goodbye to her friends, agreeing to meet up with
them later, she reluctantly followed Danka out of the house and into the garden.
But will Bridgette settle in her tent at Sparadise? All will be revealed in The Spa Break.
Shell, once again, thank you so much for hosting me. I wish you and your visitors many hours of happy reading.
My absolute pleasure Caroline …thank you for sharing with us xxx
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About Caroline James
Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can.
A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications.
In her spare time, Caroline can be found swimming in a local lake or walking with her Westie in the beautiful Lancashire countryside.
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