I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Traveling Tea Shop by Belinda Jones
Published by Penguin on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, General
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Love isn't always a piece of cake...Laurie Davis has always followed her passion. After escaping family drama to start a new life in New York City, she’s up for whatever challenges life brings. So when an opportunity arises for her to use her travel industry expertise and serve as an assistant and tour guide for her idol, Pamela Lambert-Leigh, star of television’s Tea-Time with Pamela, she jumps at the chance.But Laurie’s exciting adventure ends up entailing a lot more than scouting locations for the cake queen’s new cookbook when Pamela’s sassy mother and sulky, rebellious daughter tag along for the trip. As they cruise around bakeries in New England trading local delights like Red Velvet Cake and Whoopie Pies for British specialties such as Victoria Sponge and Bakewell Tarts, more secrets than recipes are revealed.Now, in between rediscovering romance, learning to forgive family, and finding the best dessert on the East Coast, Laurie, Pamela, and the gang might find there’s nothing a nice cup of tea, a sweet treat, and a little bit of friendship can’t heal…
Traveling Tea Shop is a fun read for the upcoming Spring weather. Just make sure to have some yummies to snack on because all the cake talk makes you hungry.
Laurie gets the chance of a lifetime putting together a tour for Pamela, a person she has admired since she was young. She thought this trip was going to be easy and fun. And while it is fun, she often gets put in the middle of family drama. Pamela decides to bring her daughter Ravena on the trip, and she doesn’t exactly have a stellar attitude. Pamela’s mother, Gracie, definitely makes the book. She’s is so full of life, carefree, and knows when she needs to meddle to make things happen.
There are a few bumps on the road because of the family situation, but there’s nothing Laurie can’t overcome. I love the relationships this book brings to light: mother-daughter, friendship, and love. But the main focus isn’t on a romance. Which I love.
Traveling Tea Shop will give you a family dynamic that needs repair, but also hope that everything will be okay. I found myself cheering for these characters and hoping they could each overcome events from the past.
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