The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown

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The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (321 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Everything is calm in Cadillac, Texas until Aunt Agnes declares war on Violet Prescott, the president of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño 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.

Welcome to Cadillac, Texas, the home of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society and where the secret of growing hot jalapenos is a SECRET. A big secret, that isn’t shared with anyone. Not even the other residents…

Ms. Brown’s story reminded me a bit of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg, except in this case it’s jalapenos. It’s the same kind of small town where everybody knows everyone else’s secrets and friendships are for a lifetime. She also peppers the story with some real live characters.

She gives you Violet, who runs the Jalapeno society with an iron hand. She also gives you Agnes, who comes over with a shotgun to save Trixie from a man who was assaulting her. The fact that it was her ex-husband who was over for a little Wednesday night rendezvous didn’t matter to Agnes. Then there’s the fact that Cathy finds herself marrying a nice steady man (Violet’s son) and Violet wants to run her the way she does the society.

I found all of Ms. Brown’s characters heartwarming and fun to read about. They’re all endearing in some form even if it’s just easy to hate them. She forms a central friendship between four young women that is believable and amusing. They get in trouble a lot and don’t seem to worry about it much. Independent women characters have always appealed to me. Even those who aren’t good at being independent and making their choices find out how to do that before the book ends.

I had so much fun reading this story, I’d enjoy seeing these characters in another book. Their story isn’t done yet. And love is still very confusing.

Comments

  1. Thank you for the awesome review. And yes, ma’am there are another couple of doses of Cadillac on the way in The Red Hot Chili Cook-off and The Yellow Rose Barbecue Ball.

  2. “Ms. Brown’s story reminded me a bit of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg”

    This really piqued my interest! I love that book and have never come across anything similar to it.

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