Author: Vanessa Greene
Publisher: December 1, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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.
Vanessa Greene has written many books that feature tea including, The Vintage Teacup Club and Tuesdays at the Teacup Club. Tea is a warm, comforting, relaxing, and rejuvenating pleasure just like her latest book, The Seafront Tearoom. Which centers around a quaint little cafe called The Seafront Tearoom. The Seafront Tearoom is a hush-hush little jewel that the town of Scarborough likes to keep hidden from tourists, lest it ruin their little hideaway.
This book centers around three friends who are each at a crossroad in their life. Kat, who is a single mother, is trying to find a job. Seraphine has moved from France to be an au pair and is struggling to connect to her charge. Charlie is career driven but is struggling to overcome a betrayal of her past and rekindle a connection to her family. The Seafront Tearoom is the backdrop where they forge a friendship over tea and scones that will help them find the strength to make hard choices and move forward in their lives.
The Seafront Tearoom is the perfect book to curl up on you couch with during these cold months. It's warm theme of friendship and the talk of tea left me warm and fuzzy. And at times even a little hungry--the ladies do their fair share of baking delicious treats to go with their afternoon tea. It also has made me crave homemade strawberry jam. Anybody want to send some my way? The story was a little predictable at times, but it's still an enjoyable read. The characters have a quality to them that make them seem real. Overall, this is an enjoyable story. It's the first book I've read by Vanessa Greene, and I'd love to read another.