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Hubble Bubble: Be careful what you wish for [Paperback]

Christina Jones
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7 Oct 2004
Hubble bubble, toil and trouble, Casserole burn and intrigues double 'Mitzi Blessing is on the scrapheap: forced into a very early retirement, a lifetime of organising the church flower rota and making cricket teas seems to loom gloomily ahead of her. With her two daughters seemingly happily settled, Mitzi is determined not to dwindle quietly into serene old age and sets about organising and revitalising Hazy Hassocks, the small rural community she has lived in all her life. However, with the discovery of her grandmother's cookery book in the attic,life for Mitzi and her friends and family starts to get very interesting. Full of old-fashioned recipes with enchanting names like Wishes Come True Pie, Mischief Night Cake, and Powers of Persuasion Pudding - Granny's dishes provide a nourishing meal, but they also seem to have some very surprising side effects indeed.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (7 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749934972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749934972
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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sexy...unputdownable...a heart-thumping read ((Company))

feisty tale of friendship and laughter, loyalty and love...engaging ((The Times))

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The only child of a schoolteacher and a circus clown, Christina Jones has been writing all her life. As well as writing novels, Christina contributes short stories and articles to national magazines and newspapers. Christina lives with her husband Rob and a houseful of rescued cats.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hit the spot once again 13 Jan 2005
Once again Christena Jones has hit the spot.I love all her books, this one is about an older lady than normal, but with just as many funny, mad characters as in all of her other books. With a bit of baking to cause a lot of laughs. Just like all her other books she has made my laugh out aloud. Keep up the good work Christena
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hazy Hassocks - a great place to visit! 5 Jan 2005
By A Customer
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But I'm not sure I'd want to eat all my meals there! What a treat. A lighthearted, joyful (even in the sad parts) tale about a woman over 50! Oh, there's plenty for those of you 20-somethings, but it's a book that I can relate to as well. Christina has perfected the art of the endearing, sassy village tale - but she's really taken us further than she has before, with a touch of practical magic and advanced cookery. The story takes off just as Mitzi loses her job - the only job she's known. Her husband (the hapless Lance) cheated on her 10 years prior with a younger version of herself and she hasn't managed to get back on the man-track quite yet. What with two needy felines, even needier neighbors, and even more needy daughters, how could she? In the midst of it all, there are lessons about living life all the way through (and one of the best parts about the book is telling how a settled, stable, reliable relationship can bring wonderful satisfaction). It's a fun book, you'll love reading it. (Love that Lance!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Hubble Bubble is a yummy treat of a book that takes you to a warm hearted, quirky world where dreams and wishes can actually come true, and you're not past it and surplus to requirements just because you're a fifty plus woman.
Mitzi Blessing, forcibly retired, is in danger of believing it's all downhill from here on in... until she finds her Granny's old herbal cookbook in the attic and life takes a dramatic turn for the better.
Christina Jones's latest book is set in one of her trademark small, close-knit communities and full of the kind of endearing oddball characters we readers have all come to know and love and clamour for more of!
This is pacy feelgood stuff that really lifts the spirits, and the prose is lovely, lively, and uninhibited and just begs you to read on and on to find out what happens next. It's full of fun, but also interwoven with some wry and poignant observations on the very real fears of people who seem to have been deemed by society to be on the scrapheap, but who still have a lot to offer.
And on top of all this, there's romance too... and a couple of mouthwatering heroes who only add to the deliciousness of this very special book.
Get out and buy it and you'll feel much better about life! :-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous read - for all ages! 24 Nov 2004
By Angela the listener VINE VOICE
Although I never expected to, I loved this book. I bought it to read on holiday but found I could not put it down at all and had finished it before actually arriving at the resort!
The characterisation is beautiful - believable and "real" - and the story is peppered with some very funny situations. I loved the chaotic Halloween party.
My only gripe is that Mitzi's life is a teeny bit TOO perfect - perfect and friendly ex-husband, perfect and friendly neighbours, etc. That said, as a light read for your holidays it's spot on - if you can save it till you get there!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny! 30 May 2007
This is a really funny book and you will find yourself giggling out loud in certain places: I certainly did. Refreshing that the main character is an 'older' lady too. Thoroughly recommend, and I will try other books by Christina Jones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christina Jones has done it again.... 12 Mar 2007
... and created immediately likeable characters in a wonderful setting that combined, completely draw you into the book. There's at least one character that I'm sure everyone will relate to (personally, mine's Lu!). Mitzi is a wonderful key character and her family and friends are quite marvellous too, each adding to the bubbling couldron of Hazy Hassocks daily life.

Here's hoping that Seeing Stars and Love Potions are just as good.

I have to admit, I was tempted to try making the Powers of Persuasion puddings until I read Christina Jones' well worded warning in the last page of the book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!! 25 Feb 2006
By A Customer
the magic, enchantment and romance ties this story up perfectly with a set of lovable characters, i have been serching for hours to find similar books!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars riot of a read 30 Oct 2005
What a fantastic book. Loved every page of it. I would say to anybody reading this in public be warned! you will get funny looks as you sit there laughing to yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lighthearted Treat
At first I thought I would be rather bored, but soon got caught up in its 'spell'! If you want a break from more serious , heavy reading then give this book a try. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. M. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Well written , humorous and easy read. good characters that one can relate to. Swift story with enough depth, excellent.
Published 6 months ago by Lawrence O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Fancied this book for ages.
Really enjoyed reading it, great characters and story, loved the village setting and eccentric people in story. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Casts a spell
This is one of my all time fav reads. I have it sitting on my shelf and each time I see the cover it makes me smile as I remember the warm feeling I had when I read it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. McGregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
I absolutely loved this book! I first saw one of Christina's books in the library and liked the characters, the story and the happy ending. I've since bought every book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Cianta
4.0 out of 5 stars Hubble Bubble by Christina Jones
I loved reading this book from cover to cover. Full of imagination and a sense of fun rarely captured throughout an entire book. Read more
Published on 21 May 2010 by Mrs. A. Donaldson
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic..In food.Magical book!
I really enjoyed this book. I always enjoy a bit of magic in my books and this has plenty. Romance and an old recipe book, great story, great characters... Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2010 by Priscilla
5.0 out of 5 stars fab book
Hubble Bubble
This book is one of the funniest I have ever read. Terrific story telling, I could picture every character and wished I was in the story with them, wouldn't it... Read more
Published on 16 May 2009 by Mrs. K. Dow
4.0 out of 5 stars Dont give in..
A really cute Chic Lit with a magical twist. After a forced early retirement, Mitzi starts clearing out her house, and stumbles upon her granny's old cookbook, liking the quaint... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2009 by J. Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars My first and favourite
1st and favourite Christina Jones, that is. Picked it up by chance, second hand, and got hooked. Warm, funny, witty, not too sugar-ladden, a great comfort read. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2009 by Joanna
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