The Traveling Tea Shop
by Belinda Jones
Love Travel series, book eleven
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… (Description from Goodreads.com)
I truly enjoy books that are FUN to read. That's why the name of my blog has always been "I Read to Relax." Though I appreciate books that make me think and tackle heavy issues, I generally reach for something light or romantic or escapist first.
This book had such great, fun elements to it. Delicious descriptions of food (see yesterday's post), fun adventures in picturesque places, people coming together, and hints of romance. Aside from drooling my way through the read, I found myself touched by the characters' stories, urging them to find their ways back to each other. To find peace and embrace the joy that their road trip through New England could bring. I was very pleased with the way that Jones was able to convey a lightness to the story even at small moments when things were going sour.
I think I'll be looking for more of Belinda Jones' books this summer. They seem like great beach reads!
Author website: http://www.va-va-vacation.com/belinda-jones
Full Disclosure: Review Copy received from Publisher through Netgalley