Friday, 4 July 2014

The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon

Blurb:

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.



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A big thank you to Sam at Allen & Unwin for sending me a copy to review.

My Thoughts:

When Kate Fullerton finds out that she has inherited a half share in The Tea Chest (a unique store that offers special blends of tea to customers in search of the right chai) she leaves her family in Australia and travels to the shop in London.
Kate is intent on making the shop a success but she isn't expecting to discover that it is in jeopardy.
Even the tea leaves couldn't foresee a part owner wanting to sell and the financial burden this inheritance could be.
Thankfully for Kate her path crosses with Leila Morton and Elizabeth Clancy and the three of them embark on making The Tea Chest a success.
But with interfering Lady Heavensfield and the London Riots, will the shop survive?


The story is packed with a wonderful blend of characters.

From the soothing Mark (Kate's husband) who was a huge support to her and was always focusing on making their lives better,

To the blossoming character that is Victoria (Elizabeth's sister) , a character that was a joy to read and see develop her confidence, as she discovered what a lovely person she is.

But like with some tea's, you get the bitter and potent characters like Judy, an aggressive and nasty character, who enjoyed making people feel bad about themselves.

Josephine Moon has penned a thoroughly gripping read that will keep you captivated from beginning to end whilst sharing in the dynamics of a wonderful friendship!
A debut that will warm you soul and calm your nerves, better than a cuppa because it lasts longer!




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