A little Tea, A little Love in Austin *Book Review*
Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
Publish Date: June 13, 2017
Rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5
From The Back Cover:
Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.
But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.
While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas.
In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn’t so far away.
- retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
- a wide range of characters, whom are well developed
- recipe’s for sweet treats and teas at the end of every chapter
- romance, love triangle and loss
- sisterly love annoyance
What a fun and light hearted read. Based on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. We have a tale of 3 sisters, who after the scandal of their father’s embezzling, open a tea shop, well the older 2 do, the youngest sister still being in school, becomes Celia and Jane’s ward. Anyway the 2 older sisters Celia and Jane open a tea shop in San Francisco, but soon with a new landlord rents become too high and they are forced to close. Deciding to move to Austin and stay with a cousin, while they look for a new location for the tea shop.
Told from middle sister Jane’s point of view, we commiserate with her as she struggles with the decision to leave the area she loves an having to move her precious tea plants. Jane falls in love and has her heart broken after which she nearly drowns and his rescued, by Callum ex-marine who just so happens to be in love with Jane. we also occasionally hear the story from Callum,’s point of view, as he struggles to come to terms with his medical discharge and the loss of his father and the sudden inheritance of his father’s chain of restaurants. All while trying to deny he’s falling for Jane.
A modern day love story, a little love triangle. A huge cast of characters who are surprisingly, well developed. The story moves along at a nice pace, nothing too weighty or thought provoking, even with Callum’s war injuries. Just some feel good entertainment, romance, humor and realistic situations. Dating, high school, love and loss. While the book touches on multiple topics, it’s not clumsy at all, it all just flows together. I also really like that the author included the recipes for sweet treats and teas at the end of every chapter.
It was a good read, nothing too amazing but also nothing that stands out that was bad.
*I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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