The Tanglewood Tea Shop | By Lilac Mills
About the Author
Lilac Mills is the author of chic-lit and heartwarming romance novels. She is also a book blogger along with her day job. And I have no idea how she does it all!!
I received a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book from the author that I am reading. First one being, A Very Lucky Christmas which I absolutely loved.
Stevie had been fired from her job just when her boyfriend broke up with her. To make matters worse she lost her great aunt Peggy whom she deeply loved. However, much to her own surprise, Stevie's great aunt left her a fortune advising her to spend it wisely. Unable to share the money with her own family, who are definitely unhappy about the turn of events, Stevie decides to invest the money to pursue her dream and starts a tea shop in Tanglewood.
What was supposed to be a serene and calm location for a teashop surprises Stevie in many ways as she works to keep her shop intact.
Narrative and plot
This is my second book from the author which means I had some clear and high expectations out from it. And the book didn't disappoint. It had that signature voice full of life and wit. Told in both the male and female protagonist's perspective, it focuses more on Stevie and her life.
Personally, I'm a foodie and I always enjoy a shop with good aesthetics. Naturally a story about the origin of such a shop piques my interest. There is a Teashop in the title of the book. So it is definitely for the foodies.
The plot itself lends many scenarios for fun and laughter. The ending might have been a little fairy tale-ish to my taste but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
Characters and Conflicts
The book had several interesting characters apart from Stevie and Nick who are the main protagonists. Stevie is your typical chic-lit heroine with a mission. She is charming, funny and innocently beautiful. You are bound to root for her right from the beginning.
Nick is your emotionally complex and handsome brooding gentleman. Of course those are the cliche but it is written in a manner where things are always interesting. The interaction between Nick and Stevie wasn't much but I enjoyed whenever that happened. Although the love story could have used a bit more background. In the end it felt a tiny bit forced. As if it all came to place by some magic particularly with a Cinderella theme in the background.
With the Teashop being an important part of the book, I was expecting more hurdles on Stevie's way while running the shop. There were conflicts but I wish there were more. It was more about how Stevie felt at home in Tanglewood than about the shop. Then again, it must have been a misinterpretation of the title on my part.
Despite it being not what I expected, I enjoyed this book a lot. It manages to keep up the excitement of buying and opening a Teashop and the issues Stevie has to deal with henceforth. It makes you laugh at some of Stevie's comical antics and witty monologues. This is your perfect escape route (with a yummy cake and tea ofcourse) on a warm or rainy day.
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