Monday, December 14, 2015

Book Review: The Seafront Tearoom

The Seafront Tea RoomsAuthor: Vanessa Greene
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Berkley

From the author of The Vintage Teacup Club
The first rule of afternoon tea: never rush. Take time to savor it. Just like friendship…

The Seafront Tearoom is an insider secret in small-town Scarborough – a beach-front haven with the best tea and cakes in town – and  journalist Charlie Harrison would love to put it on the map with a feature in her magazine. But single mom Kat Murray doesn’t want to see her favorite sanctuary overrun by tourists, and begs Charlie to seek out other options. She offers her help, as a “tea obsessive,” and so does French au pair Séraphine Moreau, whose upbringing makes her a connoisseur of everything sweet and indulgent.

Together the three women will scour the countryside for quaint hideaways and hidden gems, sharing along the way their secrets, disappointments, and dreams – and discovering that friendship, like tea, takes time to steep. But learning too that once you open your heart, the possibilities are endless. 

Kat looked over the counter. She could see the scones that were scenting the air so irresistibly, a Victoria sponge cake and a tray of brownies.

Life moved on, and places changed. She’d find a way to move forward too.

The room buzzed with chatter, and oversized canvases with pictures of teacups adorned the way. The counter, covered in a plastic tablecloth with a flowered print, was laden with cupcakes and muffins.
Tea, cakes, love, and friendship: I believe we can all agree that these are the essentials in life. The latest book by Vanessa Greene provides all of this and more. We meet three beautiful strangers who bond over tea and real life; readers will come to know and adore them as if they were sitting in the tea rooms partaking of the sweets and conversation. Everything about this book is cozy and inviting. The tea rooms and all that goes on there is enough to make anyone want to read the book over and over multiple times. The three women shares stories of heartbreak, passion, secrets, love, and lies. You will bond with the women and most likely find yourself feeling especially pulled to one, if not all three of them.

This was not my first Greene novel, so obviously anyone can tell that I am a fan. Her novels are full of credible characters that will have you laughing out loud one minute and crying the next. Her writing is light-hearted and fun and will be a wonderful way to pass an afternoon or evening all snuggled up with your blanket and a cup of tea. The atmosphere of the tea room is what sold this book for me especially. The way it is described and cherished by all of the locals in the story made me want to be there and be able to visit it every day. All three women want to make a change in their lives and their love of tea and cakes allow them to do so! If that doesn’t sell you, then I don’t know what will!

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

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a quaint little read. Such a pretty cover too!