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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Tea Chest - Josephine Moon - Guest Book Review


Published by Allen & Unwin

Synopsis
Kate Fullerton, talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, could never have imagined that she'd be flying from Brisbane to London, risking her young family's future, to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down. Meanwhile, Leila Morton has just lost her job; and if Elizabeth Clancy had known today was the day she would appear on the nightly news, she might at least have put on some clothes. Both need to move on. When Kate's, Leila's and Elizabeth's paths cross, they throw themselves into realising Kate's vision of the newest and most delectable tea shop in London, The Tea Chest. But with the very real possibility that The Tea Chest may fail, the three women are forced to decide what's important to each of them. An enchanting, witty novel about the unexpected situations life throws at us, and how love and friendship help us through. Written with heart and infused with the seductive scents of bergamot, Indian spices, lemon, rose and caramel, it's a world you won't want to leave.

Guest review by Margaret Pickess

I have just finished reading The Tea Chest and as a coffee drinker, I found the references to the various types of tea very interesting. It is a little confusing at times where it jumps back and forth into the past and the present time of the various characters and the flashbacks regarding Judy and Simone didn't really help me understand Judy at all, except to think that Kate was right to beware of her. 
The last quarter of the book was the best part when the pace picked up and all of the problems were resolved. I enjoyed it and would say it is a good contemporary, romantic summer read. All in all a good read and a good d├ębut novel, so another new author to watch out for.

Many thanks to Margaret for reading and reviewing this novel for The Little Reader Library!

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