Kate Fullerton, talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, could never have imagined that she'd be flying from Brisbane to London, risking her young family's future, to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down.
Meanwhile, Leila Morton has just lost her job; and if Elizabeth Clancy had known today was the day she would appear on the nightly news, she might at least have put on some clothes. Both need to start again.
When the three women's paths unexpectedly cross, they throw themselves into realising Kate's magical vision for London's branch of The Tea Chest. But every time success is within their grasp, increasing tensions damage their trust in each other.
With the very real possibility that The Tea Chest will fail, Kate, Leila and Elizabeth must decide what's important to each of them. Are they willing to walk away or can they learn to believe in themselves?
An enchanting, witty novel about the unexpected situations life throws at us, and how love and friendship help us through. Written with heart and infused with the seductive scents of bergamot, Indian spices, lemon, rose and caramel, it's a world you won't want to leave.
I breezed through this book in a matter of hours. I had meant to read half today and half tomorrow, but when I started I could not stop. It was sweet, yet still real and delightful. It also really made me want to visit The Tea Chest and get some tea specially made for me.
It's a story about 3 women. Kate who designs teas and sets out to open a new store in London. She loves this job but things are falling apart around her. Then there is Leila who quits her job and has no idea what to do next. Working at The Tea Chest looks good but can she make it work? And last Elizabeth who leaves Australia with a broken heart, but maybe her life can turn around too?
They all leave something behind that they want. But they all look towards the future too and each will find that missing piece. All while trying to make The Tea Chest a success, and it will not be easy.
Be ready to want some tea while reading this. You are warned. Also, I want to start a tea store, lol.
A delightful book.
Paperback, UK Edition, 368 pages
Published July 3rd 2014 by Allen & Unwin (first published April 1st 2014)