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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 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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H.E. Bates for the 21st Century ((Katie Fforde))

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

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

must read...fun-packed tale ((The Sun))

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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 By A Customer on 5 Jan 2005
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Vernon on 13 Jan 2005
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angela VINE VOICE on 24 Nov 2004
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Wheeler on 29 Sep 2005
Format: Paperback
I am quite stunned by the solitary post by an unidentified person saying they disliked this book. Fine, we don't all enjoy the same things, but as you can see from the rest of the reviews, the vast majority adored Hubble Bubble. It is a magical story and Mitzi makes an exceptionally enjoyable older heroine triumphing over the disappointments in her life to emerge renewed and successful and happy. It is a fun book, filled with the kind of deliciously eccentric and believable characters we have come to know and love from Christina Jones. Hubble Bubble is a feel-good book that had me laughing and crying and laughing again. I have read it several times and have just enjoyed the second in this connected line, Seeing Stars, in which Mitzi and some of the other characters from Hubble Bubble also feature although the new story stands alone, too. Hubble Bubble is the perfect read from an author who never lets her readers down, who is never boringly the same and who delivers fresh and refreshing stories and characters that her devoted following devour in a sitting. She weaves together the interconnected stories of Mitzi Blessing and her daughters, the characters in the delightful village of Hazy Hassocks and the magical effect Mitzi has on all their lives when she discovers the herbal recipies in an old family book. Go with the vast majority who speak the truth about this book and this author. You won't be disappointed. It is an involving read, glorious fun and once you have read it you will have a smile on your face that lasts for ages. Then pick up Seeing Stars and be swept away with another stupendously romantic and moving and funny book. As always, a Christina Jones book is like an old friend, delightful, reliable and full of fun, the very best of companions. Top marks for Hubble Bubble!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Jane on 12 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
... 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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