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The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee by [Brown, Carolyn]
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'Funny, frank, and full of heart... one more welcome example of Brown's Texas-size talent for storytelling.' -USA TODAY on One Hot Cowboy Wedding
'Brown revitalizes the Western romance with this fresh, funny, and sexy tale filled with likable, down-to-earth characters.' -Booklist on Love Drunk Cowboy
'Brown's novel will warm your heart and bring you characters so real, you'll swear they're flesh and bone... A 5 Star Comfort Read!' - Love Romance Passion on Getting Lucky

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You Are Cordially Invited...Come early, eat until your buttons pop, and dance until you drop!

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...

"Funny, frank, and full of heart...one more welcome example of Brown's Texas-size talent for storytelling."—USA TODAY Happy Ever After on One Hot Cowboy Wedding

"Brown revitalizes the Western romance with this fresh, funny, and sexy tale filled with likable, down-to-earth characters."—Booklist on Love Drunk Cowboy

"Brown's novel will warm your heart and bring you characters so real, you'll swear they're flesh and bone...A 5 Star Comfort Read!"—Love Romance Passion on Getting Lucky


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1484 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (March 5 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2XUU96
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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By Heather Pearson TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 14 2013
Format: Paperback
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.

Amid this rivalry, are sisters Marty and Cathy and their dearest friend Trixie. Together they run Miss Clawdy's Cafe, named after the twins' mother. Across the street from the cafe, lives 78 year young Agnes Flynn, feisty aunt of the twins. And across from her, in the renovated garage is Darla Jean and her Christian non-denominational church. Darla Jean is herself a reformed prostitute.

On the far side of town, both physically and financially, is Violet Prescott, self appointed for life Queen of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society. Everything in town must go according to some plan that Violet has devised, which is solely to the benefit of herself and her son.

Even with all the underhand conniving by Violet, the twins, their aunt and Trixie manage to thrive and deepen their friendships. While their relationships strengthen, they open their hearts and homes to those around them and show that small town warmth that I expected.

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.

Food plays a big role in this book as you might expect from owners of a cafe.
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If you love small town stories with wonderful characters and witty dialog, this book by Carolyn Brown will thrill you! It's sort of a "Steel Magnolia" type with more than a bit of "Texas Attitude" thrown in.
It does start out a little slow as she builds the vision of the town and people, but just a short way in becomes a funny, emotional and very interesting story of the drama involving the women and some of the men of the small Texas town of Cadillac. It's actually hard to put down once it gets really rolling.
Centered around the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society and the "power" wielded by current president and one of the founders of the "Society" Violet Prescott, and the contentious relationship of Marty and Cathy Andrews, twin sisters and daughters of the other founder of the Society Claudia Andrews (now deceased). It's small town drama with comic and emotional impact.
Claudia was the person who found the "secret" of growing the hottest jalapeño peppers in Grayson County and claiming the first of a tradition of blue ribbons from the state fair - the reason for the founding of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society. Claudia's daughters now run Miss Clawdy's Café in their family's old home in the heart of town.
A group of friends: Marty, Cathy, Trixie, Darla Jean and Aunt Agnes are the main group of "friends" that become the focus of the story. My favorite if Aunt Agnes...who I would aspire to be like! These wonderful women are each very different people and great friends to have. Their imaginative and often funny ways of doing things is really a hoot to read. They see each other through the hard spots in life like cheating husbands, small town power struggles, abusive relationships, loveless marriages and much more.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0929f9c) out of 5 stars Funny but Sensitive April 14 2013
By Heather Pearson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.

Amid this rivalry, are sisters Marty and Cathy and their dearest friend Trixie. Together they run Miss Clawdy's Cafe, named after the twins' mother. Across the street from the cafe, lives 78 year young Agnes Flynn, feisty aunt of the twins. And across from her, in the renovated garage is Darla Jean and her Christian non-denominational church. Darla Jean is herself a reformed prostitute.

On the far side of town, both physically and financially, is Violet Prescott, self appointed for life Queen of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society. Everything in town must go according to some plan that Violet has devised, which is solely to the benefit of herself and her son.

Even with all the underhand conniving by Violet, the twins, their aunt and Trixie manage to thrive and deepen their friendships. While their relationships strengthen, they open their hearts and homes to those around them and show that small town warmth that I expected.

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.

Food plays a big role in this book as you might expect from owners of a cafe. The food descriptions make me want to visit Miss Clawdy's and try the daily specials, or to nip across the street with Agnes after closing and gorge on the day's leftovers. Author Carolyn Brown even has a section on her website where she has included some of these recipes. She invites readers of her books, to write her if there is a particular recipe that would like.

I read an early ebook version of this novel, but have ordered a paper copy as I enjoyed it so much and want to share it with my mother.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa092c00c) out of 5 stars snarky, lovable characters March 21 2013
By kimbacaffeinate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Carolyn Brown is most known for her contemporary western romances and I was excited to try The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee her first venture into woman's fiction. Brown delivered a humorous tale about four women living in Cadillac, Texas. This was a quick, quirky and enjoyable character driven tale about life in a small town renowned for growing the hottest jalapeños.

Oh my, the things that go on Cadillac Texas! We meet the members of the Jalapeno Society run by; Violet Prescott the town's self-imposed queen and ruler. The tale centers around Trixie Matthews, twins Marty and Cathy Andrews and Darla Jean the newest addition to their social circle. Cathy is planning to wed Ethan Prescott and Violet is planning to control her life just likes she rules her son. Cathy needs to put down her e-reader and smell the burnt coffee! Trixie lives above Miss Clawdy's café and every Wednesday night she has a romp with her ex-husband, police officer Andy. Darla Jean is a reformed hooker who now preaches the word of God. Everyone is worried about the elections and dealing with life's daily drama in small town Texas. As this character driven tale unfolded, I laughed and giggled aloud.

Brown has created a unique, sometimes hilarious cast of characters in this small town. Whether you love them or hate them you certainly won't forget them. Marty, Trixie, Cathy and Darla are all very different and together they are wonderful. Even the twins are night and day; Cathy is soft-spoken and an introvert while Marty just lays it all out there and says exactly what she thinks. Trixie's relationship with her ex-husband Andy and the woman he cheated on her with Anna Ruth was an interesting tread. Darla is an original and often offers the others a shoulder and advice. Violet is the type of woman you love to hate and secretly hope to see get her comeuppance. Aunt Agnes, god love her; she was my favorite character. Her shenanigans brought tears of joy to my eyes and made my sides hurt. There are other secondary characters we meet who add to the drama or help depict small town life.

I just have to put this out there... the secret to gorwing the hottest jalapeños made me giggle, then squish my nose. This is a heartwarming, hilarious, drama about friendship and small town politics. We see growth, friendship, a little mischief and some hanky-panky all wrapped in a clean southern tale. The tale starts a little slow, but once you get to know the characters you become hooked. The characters all felt believable whether you loved them or loved hating them. While I did not connect with all of them I did understand what drove them and their dynamics in this small town. I enjoyed my visit and would certainly go to Cadillac, Texas again. ARC provided in exchange for unbiased review and originally posted at caffeinatedbookreviewer dot com.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa092c444) out of 5 stars Disappointed Jan. 19 2014
By NancyH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have read other books by this author that I enjoyed but was very disappointed in this one I did not
Like the bad language and will delete this book
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa092c42c) out of 5 stars The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee March 5 2013
By K. Branfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Carolyn Brown's The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee is an absolutely delightful departure from her typical romance novel. It is a captivating story of friendship that will make you laugh and cry as four close friends support one another through good times and bad.

Trixie Matthews, twin sisters Marty and Cathy Andrews have been friends since childhood. As adults, their circle has expanded to include ex-"escort" turned preacher Darla Jean. Together these four women, along with their other childhood friend Jack Landry, maintain a close bond that is soon tested by secrets, betrayals, small town gossip and the infighting among the members of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society.

Marty and Cathy Andrews might be twins but their personalities are completely opposite. Marty is outspoken and has a serious weakness for cowboys and one night stands. Cathy is quieter, engaged to be married and content to not rock the boat. Marty stays the same throughout much of the story while Cathy learns to stand up for herself and in doing so, she discovers the passion that has been missing from her life.

Trixie and Darla Jean have both undergone some dramatic changes in their lives over the past few years. Trixie has been through a difficult divorce from her cheating husband, Andy, and she still finds him pretty irresistible. Darla Jean has found her calling as a preacher, but she is also drawn to helping women in need.

The on-going, life-long feud Marty and Cathy's Aunt Agnes and Violet Prescott, one of the founders of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society, provides some of the funniest moments in the story. Aunt Agnes is not one to back down from a fight and she is just as outspoken as her niece, Marty and I want to be just like her when I grow up. Loyal to a fault and protective of those she loves, her gruff exterior hides her gooey soft marshmallow heart. Violet Prescott is mean, vindictive and petty and I loved seeing Aunt Agnes put her in her place!

The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee is a fabulous novel about life in a small town and the strong bonds of friendship. With her trademark wit and down home charm, Carolyn Brown has written a compelling story with an eclectic and vibrant cast of characters that that will steal your heart.

I received a complimentary copy for review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa092c8e8) out of 5 stars The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee June 2 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Laughed until I cried! Smart, funny and very well written. Have you ever been in a women's club, been excluded from a women's club, had a parent with memory problems, had a crazy relative, had a man cheat on you, almost married the wrong man, but through it all you had your girlfriends who were there for you. Written in true Texas style loved every minute of this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.