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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Jungle Rock by Caroline James - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Zach is known as the gypsy chef. He has agreed to be on the reality TV-show Jungle Survival. Together with other celebrities he'll have to 'survive' in the jungle with the possibility to wear the jungle crown if he would win. Zach was engaged to Poppy, but an unfortunate event made Poppy end her relationship with him. He is devastated because he really loves her and it might be a good idea to go away for a while.

Zach's father never forgot his Romany heritage and taught his sons the basic skills to survive in the wild. This makes Zach the perfect contestant for Jungle Survival. In reality TV-shows you usually see contestants plotting and scheming against each other. I liked it a lot that Caroline James chose a different direction in Jungle Rock. Zach and the other celebrities are all very supportive of each other. During their time in the jungle they do everything as a group and they are looking out for one another.

Jungle Rock is a fun and easy read. Because of the fact that it's a short novel I finished it in no time at all. This book is perfect for a lazy Sunday. The story is fast-paced and Caroline James manages to make you get to know her characters really well. She also made me laugh, Zach's mother Jo and his aunt Hattie are hilarious. These ladies love a nice drink and will take any excuse they can find to open a bottle of wine.

Caroline James has used a lot of personal experiences for her story. She has extensive knowledge about her topic and this intensifies the vividness and natural flow of the story. I loved the positivity of this book and enjoyed reading Jungle Rock very much.


Fans of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here will love Jungle Rock.

About Caroline James

Caroline’s debut novel, Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, So, You Think You're A Celebrity… Chef? has been described as wickedly funny: 'AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap…' Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me, an Amazon best-seller, was a Top Ten Finalist at The Write Stuff, London Book Fair 2015 and the judge’s comments included: Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.” Her next novel, Boomerville will be published spring 2017.

Caroline has owned and run many catering related businesses and cookery is a passion alongside her writing, combining the two with her love of the hospitality industry and romantic fiction. As a media agent, Caroline represented many well-known celebrity chefs and her TV script, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity Chef? was runner up at the Winchester Writers Festival 2016.

She has published short stories and is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for an online lifestyle magazine. She is a founder member of The Cheshirati and is available for inspiring and entertaining talks on anything related to the hospitality and publishing industry

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“He’s doing what?” Hattie said. She had a mouthful of shortbread and a mug of coffee in her hand and stopped in her tracks as she watched Jo stare at her mobile phone.

“Zach’s going into the jungle. He’s a contestant on Jungle Survival.”
“Oh my.” Hattie smiled and wiped a spray of crumbs off her chest.
“He’s at the airport with Bob; they’re about to board a plane.”
“Well I never.” Hattie put her mug on the desk and stared at her friend. “How do you feel about that?”


“It might do him good.”
“Or not.”
“Fancy a bracer?”
“Start pouring.”

Cradling mugs of coffee, laced with a good slug of brandy, Jo and Hattie sat in the conservatory and looked out at the garden beyond.

“It doesn’t seem five minutes since he was a little boy running all over this lawn with his brother,” Jo said as she stared thoughtfully across the neatly manicured grass.

“And now he’s running off to Australia.”

In the distance, a group of guests appeared from the meadow, where a clairvoyance course was being run in an old gypsy caravan. Originally horse-drawn, the caravan had been John’s pride and joy, brightly painted with little wooden steps. It was a perfect setting for an intimate group. Boomerville hosted many courses for residents to enjoy and it was Jo’s hope that a stay at the hotel would inspire middle-aged boomers and set them up with new and inspiring skills to use in their later years.

“Another successful event,” Hattie said as she watched the beatific expressions of the participants as they drifted down the garden, confident that the spirits of their dead granny and Rover, the family pet, were beside them, whispering and woofing encouraging words from beyond.

“I wish I could see into Zach’s future,” Jo replied. “I hope he’s not making a terrible mistake.”

“Well, if he is, he’s picked the right place to make it. That show’s watched by millions. Perhaps we should run something similar here?” Hattie closed her eyes and began to plan out a jungle camp, set in the meadow. “The old ‘uns would love it! Prancing about like Bear Grylls, cooking over an open fire, sleeping under the stars. It has ‘winner’ all over it.”

“It has mass suicide all over it,” Jo replied. “Hyperthermia and food poisoning.”

“Think of the low overheads. We could bring Wonder Boy in to teach them how to skin a rabbit or two, a bit of camp-fire bonhomie and all that stuff.”

“Hattie, will you please be serious. My son is currently on his way to the other side of the world, where he’ll be exposed to any amount of danger; he’s emotionally vulnerable and I’m worried about him.”

Hattie sat up and opened her eyes.

“Oh, get a grip,” she said. “Can you imagine what he’s getting paid for this stint? How can he possibly go wrong? They’ll have him stripped down to his six-pack before the opening credits have run. He won’t even need to open his mouth and the phone lines will be pulsating as fast as every female viewer’s heart. Your Zach has made his finest career move yet.” Hattie reached for Jo’s empty mug. “Get that grumpy expression off yer face and let’s send him good luck wishes for his arrival in Aus.” She stood and glanced at the group in the garden. “Perhaps we can get that lot to send him a mystical sign...”

As Jo watched Hattie walk away, she felt cross. She knew that Hattie was probably right but Jo had a niggling feeling that Zach’s trip wasn’t going to run as smoothly or as successfully as everyone expected. A mother had an instinct about her offspring, but in this case, Jo hoped that her instincts would be proved wrong.


One very lucky winner will receive a £10 Amazon gift card and an Ecopy of Jungle Rock by Caroline James. Two runner ups will receive an Ecopy of Jungle Rock.


  1. I would take someone big and strong and unafraid into the jungle with me :)

  2. Sounds like a really interesting story!

  3. Josh Holloway from the TV show LOST.

  4. I would take my great nephew because he acts like a monkey lol :)

  5. I would take a large contingent of carpenters to build me a house.

  6. I would love to take Mike Holmes so he can help me build a house.

  7. I would take a jungle survival expert.

  8. I think I'd take my son and my best friend!!

  9. I'd love to make my hubby and a book on survival!

  10. I would take my husband to the jungle with me.

  11. Bear Grylls. He would know how to survive.

  12. My dog Harley though I don't think she'd be any good for protection. At least she could keep me warm at night with snuggles :)

  13. I would take my Mum because I'd be scared!

  14. My dog who is so brave and he would look after me!

  15. I'd take Bear Grylls.

  16. I'd like to take David Bowie. He would have been inspiring.

  17. It would have to be Tarzan...after all he knows all the ropes ;)

  18. I'd like to take someone experienced in living with the jungle!

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  19. Tim Minchin to keep me entertained

  20. My husband - it'd be the only way we'd get any time alone!

  21. I like to take my tiger, I mean my husband, with me. :-)

  22. I would take my crazy sister with me and then we can spend quality time together

  23. Jo and Hattie sound like the kind of women I'd get along with!