Monday, November 11, 2013

Book Review: The Vintage Teacup Club

The Vintage Teacup ClubAuthor: Vanessa Greene
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Berkley Trade

Three women’s lives are about to change because of a few delicate pieces of china...

When Jenny Davis comes across a beautiful vintage tea set at an outdoor market in the English countryside, she’s convinced it’s fate. A young bride on a budget, she has her heart set on a vintage tea-party theme for her wedding—and the gorgeous gold-rimmed china before her is perfect. There’s only one problem. Two other women have fallen in love with it, too. So they come up with a solution: They’ll share it.

They establish a sisterhood, sharing the ups and downs of their lives—from broken hearts and weddings, to family drama and career dreams. When a figure from Jenny’s past threatens to ruin her big day, Alison’s teenage daughter pushes her to the limit, and Maggie’s romantic life is thrown into turmoil, the members of the Vintage Teacup Club band together—proving their newfound friendship will last a lifetime.

“But ladies,” says the redhead, her auburn waves catching the light as she turns to face us, “something tells me that taking this set home would mean really quite a lot to each of us. Am I right?”

Gold-edged, delicate, almost translucent – four perfect teacups sit on four perfect saucers and a small and shapely teapot gleams in between them.

Anyway, I had my own life now, and mine and Dan’s wedding day was going to be just right. I’d make those photo-frame memories, even if I had to organize some of the things that mattered to me on my own.

I have tried to stretch this book as long as I could. I did not want to put it down or write this review because that would mean that I had finished reading it. I have wanted to read this book since it was released in the UK last year, but had to wait and pray that hopefully a version would be released in the US as well. Imagine my surprise when I opened my mail one day and found this book. My avid readers will know that I love books that involve the lives of different women intersecting, so this book was right up my alley. This book features three very different women, who lead very different lives, that bond over a vintage tea set they find at a car boot. Each of them want the tea set for a very different purpose, but because they all came upon it at once they eventually decide to share it!

What a beautiful thing for women to bond over – a vintage tea set! I was most intrigued by this story because when I was a little girl I had a friend that collected tea sets and I used to love to go to her house and play with them. As a young woman who is about to get married, my mother and I are planning a shower that will essentially be a tea party. In this book, Jenny is planning her own wedding and is looking for all these vintage tea cups for her guests. I thought this was awesome! I connected the most with Jenny for this reason. I am in the process of planning my own wedding, so it was a nice treat to read about another young woman doing the same thing.

Just like with Sex in the City, my favorite parts of this book were when all three of these women were together sharing their stories, problems, and dreams over a warm cup of tea. Something about friends bonding over tea is so comforting and cozy. Each of these lovely ladies have a wonderful story to share, and are all at different walks of life. Allison, Maggie, and Jenny bring something to the table for women of any age! I highly recommend this book! It was so worth the wait. Grab yourself a cup of warm tea or cocoa, cuddle up by the fire, and pick up a copy of this book today!

***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Berkley Trade in exchange for my honest review***

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