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Hubble Bubble - Christina Jones

Mitzi Blessing is on the scrapheap at 55: a lifetime of organising the church flower rota and making cricket teas seems to loom gloomily ahead of her....

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Review of "Hubble Bubble - Christina Jones"

published 17/10/2006 | Danielle89
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Pro A very original storyline which will make you laugh
Cons Kind of predictable ending really
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"Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble"

~~~~~First Opinions~~~~~

I had never really heard of Christina Jones before - quite surprising considering I have a saturday job in a public library. She has, however, written quite a few novels. Hubble Bubble is apparently the first in a series containing at least three other books, each with their own magical touches. It supposedly took a while for Jones to find her feet in the novel industry but I believe she really hit the nail on the head this time and I will definitely be on the look-out for more of her magic related novels.

The Story

The books starts off with a lonely, newly-retired fifty-something woman looking for something new to fill up her free time with. Mitzi, having unwillingly been forced into early retirement, realizes quickly that not having a job to go to leaves a big gap in her day. The first thing she decides to do is clean out her house, starting with her attic, where she finds her grandmother's old cookery book. However, instead of apple crumble and strawberry tart recipes, she finds herself reading recipes for dishes with unusual names like Powers of Persuasion Pudding and Wishes Come True Pie. And so the journey starts...

Granny's recipes give Mitzi the inspiration she needs to have a full and happy retirement. She soon finds herself among others who have been forced into retirement so that younger replacements can take their places. She also discovers that the owner of the local village hall is preventing the "grey community" from using it as a meeting place. However, as you can imagine, the recipes give the greys a new lease on life and soon the village is alive with activities, some more exciting than the usual knitting and crochet clubs.

The recipes also have an effect on both of Mitzi's daughters' love lives, and even intervene in Mitzi's loneliness and bring some happiness into her life for the first time since her divorce some years ago. But does all end well? Well, you'll have to read for yourselves. It's worth it, though so get reading!

~~~~~The Characters~~~~~

There are many influential characters but I will describe those closest to the plot to give you an idea:

Mitzi - the main character, she is a fifty-something woman who has been living independently and supporting her two grown-up daughters but neglecting her own lovelife. Granny's recipes soon put paid to that, but does it all end in tears or is there love in the air?

Lance - Mitzi's ex-husband. He ran out on her years before the start of the novel to be with a much younger woman, but will he change Mitzi's love-life?

Dolly - The more sensible of Mitzi's two daughters, Doll works at a dentist's surgery and lives with her long-term partner, Brett. The relationship is stale when we first meet Doll but all changes thanks to Granny.

Lulu - The second, more outrageous of the daughters. Having just gotten out of a relationship with someone who did not respect her opinions on animal rights etc, Lulu feels in need of a second chance. But will she find someone who is willing to put up with her smelly Afghan coat?

The Trilby Man - one of the funnier characters of the book, we never find out his real name. Mitzi first meets him in the library reading the newspapers just as he has done every day for years. He inspires her - or rather annoys her so much that she feels she has to - to get access to the village hall so that the grey community can do something other than fight over the local papers.

~~~~~My Thoughts~~~~~

When I started reading, I thought, ok, this is slightly different to the usual chic-lit I read. But I never thought that I would get so deeply engrossed in the various storylines which intertwine and evolve simultaneously. My favourite moment is a chapter at the end where the local greys get up on stage in a production of "Hair". It ends in most of the village up there with only their underwear on. Not a pretty image but it made me laugh, especially since it was aided by some of the cakes from the magical recipe book which were designed to encourage the errotic side of the consumer.

The novel is well-balanced in the sense that it continuously changes from being absolutely hilarious to emotionally tormenting. None of the storylines included is ever neglected or forgotten as in so many modern chic-lit novels. There is more to it than just a love story. I will definitely be on the look-out for more books in the series if they make the shelves - which I am sure they will.

~~~~~Related Works~~~~~

Seeing Stars (the sequel to Hubble Bubble)
Love Potions (the third)
Summer of Love (more of a romance than a magical one)
Forever Autumn (another romance)

~~~~Price and Availability~~~

I have checked and this book is available at Play.com for £5.49 which includes postage prices. However, if you are not into buying books from the internet, the RRP on the paperback is £6.99. I managed to get it in a sale, as mentioned above, in a 3 for £5 deal from Banana Books so try popping in there.

ISBN: 0-7499-3497-2

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  • missy0303 published 29/10/2006
    Think i'll look out for this one....I love the cover, looks like a good bedtime read, without being too heavy :-)
  • ice_pink published 19/10/2006
    Sounds like something I'd enjoy! x
  • edd1977 published 17/10/2006
    Sounds like a good book.
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Product Information : Hubble Bubble - Christina Jones

Manufacturer's product description

Mitzi Blessing is on the scrapheap at 55: a lifetime of organising the church flower rota and making cricket teas seems to loom gloomily ahead of her. However, with the discovery of her grandmother's old cookery book, her enforced early retirement starts to get very interesting.

Product Details

Type: Fiction

Genre: Modern Fiction

Title: Hubble Bubble

Author: Christina Jones

ISBN: 074990688X; 0749934972

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