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Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim **Book Review** @berkleypub

Happy Thursday friends!

Bespoke you all… SO. GOOD. A little magic. A little matchmaking. A lot of love.🍵

My Thoughts

Matchmaking and magic. Second chances and new beginnings. Food and family. Roselle Lim whisked me away to Paris with her lovely descriptive storytelling. Vanessa has been able to taste the future since she was young whenever she drinks tea. Even though she no longer drinks tea she still is compelled to burst out loud with her predictions. Something she is not thrilled about, especially because a lot of predictions are disturbing. I mean you wouldn’t want to tell your cousin at her wedding that her husband’s going to cheat on her or tell your father at a baseball game that is best friend is going to die, would you? Needing to learn to control her gift, as well as needing a little time away from the family Vanessa heads to Paris with her Aunt Evelyn to help open her tea shop. Will the city of lights bring some clarity to Vanessa‘s life?

Loved this book! It was so magical, so whimsical, so charming. Vanessa was such a sweet character loved spending time with her traveling around Paris. I also really liked Aunt Evelyn and her desire to help Vanessa. Loved how important family was in the story, Loved all the culture. Food played a big part in the story: delicious 10 course Chinese wedding dinners, yummy French pastries, and of course tea. There was also some sweet romance in the story for both Vanessa and Evelyn. I love both their love stories and the idea of red thread. This was an engaging story that hit me right in the heart!

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*** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

From the critically acclaimed author of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune comes a new delightful novel about exploring all the magical possibilities of life in the most extraordinary city of all: Paris.
 
Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tealeaves.
 
Ever since she can remember, Vanessa has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.
 
After her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa sees death for the first time. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric Aunt Evelyn shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to California and bonjour to Paris. There, Vanessa learns more about herself and the root of her gifts and realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is.

 

Roselle Lim is a Filipino Chinese writer who came to Canada from the Philippines as a young teen and learned English by watching wrestling shows on television. She has a degree in humanities and history from York University.

Have a lovely day! XOXO Berit🦋 

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Another Woman’s Child by Kerry Fisher **Book Review** @bookouture

Hello book friends!

Today I’m excited to share with you my review for this emotional story. Kerry Fisher always invokes the tears.

My Thoughts

Thoughtful and compelling. Real and emotional. Once again Kerry Fisher tugged at my heart strings and brought me to tears with her authentic storytelling. When I first read the blurb to the story I thought there is no way I’m taking someoneelse’s child if they were going to disrupt the lives of my own. The reason I bring this up is I completely judged the situation wrong, and I think this was very ironic given the subject matter of the story. Jo and Ginny are best friends so when Ginny is on her deathbed and asks Jo to take care of her teenage son Victor, Jo agrees. Unfortunately this might not be the best situation for Victor. Jo’s daughter Phoebe is a wild child and they live in a small close minded town. So now not only has Victor lost his mother, but he is half black living in a less than welcoming community with a highly dysfunctional family. Will this family be able to come together for Victor? Or will a secret break everything wide-open?

The book did get off to a little bit of a slow start, but after a few chapters I found myself completely invested. Jo seemed very real to me even though I didn’t always agree with her actions. Daughter Phoebe was a lot of work and husband Patrick was useless. Victor was a great kid and my heart was pulled towards him the entire story. I found the behavior of some of the mothers in the story so frustrating yet unfortunately so true. Always so quick to blame other people’s kids for their own kid’s behavior. Jo spent so much time worrying what other people thought at her own family’s detriment. There was a sense of authenticity to this book and I thought the realities of privilege and racism were well handled. Another well told story from one of the best.

*** Big thank you to Bookouture for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

Could you take in your best friend’s child, even if it risked destroying your own family?

Jo had thought that her life – and her heart – was full. With a busy job, a husband and a teenage daughter who is going off the rails, keeping her life running smoothly had already felt hard enough.

But now Jo sits at the funeral of her best friend Ginny, crushed by the loss of a friendship that had endured for thirty years: from college and their first days at work through to settling down and raising their own children.

Against her husband’s wishes, Jo has made a life-changing decision: to take in Ginny’s teenage son Victor and raise him as her own. Despite her misgivings, Jo feels she had no choice: Ginny was a single parent and Victor had no other family who could take care of him.

But Victor’s arrival is about to break open the fragile cracks that were already forming on the surface of Jo’s family life and in her small rural community… and expose a secret that has remained hidden for many years, with devastating consequences.

From the bestselling author of The Silent Wife and The Woman I Was Before, Another Woman’s Child is an unputdownable and heartbreaking read about the secrets we keep from our families, and the sacrifices we are willing to make for those we love. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.  

About the Author

Kerry Fisher is a million-copy bestselling author. She writes women’s contemporary fiction, is a USA Today bestseller and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. After returning to England to work as a journalist, she eventually abandoned real life stories for the secrets of fictional families. She lives in Surrey with her husband, and a naughty Lab/Schnauzer called Poppy, who joins in the huge dances of joy when her young adult children come home. 
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Have a great day filled with books! XOXO Berit💕

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The Lost Girls of Devon by Barbara O’Neal **Book Review** @tlcbooktours @luauthors @amazonpub

Hello book friends!

This was such a good story that was made even better on audio! If audio is your thing I definitely recommend!🎧

My Thoughts

Mothers and daughters. Betrayal and love. Secrets and truth. Four generations of women brought back together buy a missing woman. When Zoe‘s grandmother reaches out to let her know that her BFF Diana has gone missing Zoe knows it is time to return to England. It’s not always easy to go back home though. So she will need to face her past, a mother she has not yet been able to forgive and a past love she has not yet been able to forget. Meanwhile Zoe‘s teenage daughter Isabell is dealing with her own demons, something she has not yet been able to confide in her mother. The story is told from the perspectives of all four women: Lillian, Poppy, Zoe, and Isabell. I listen to the audiobook and I think because there were four different narrators with four unique voices and accents it really added a lot to the story. I think having the different voices really helped me keep the story straight and helped me connect with the characters easier. I enjoyed all four women’s stories, but I think I liked Zoe and Isabell The Best. Poppy was hard to understand, but I did like her growth throughout the book. My only tiny Kniggle with the book was the mystery, I don’t even know if it needed to be there other than to bring all these women together? Well now that I think about it it did tie some other stories together as well, it did a good job of moving the story forward. This was a lovely family story with a perfect ending.

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*** Big thank you to Lake Union for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

One of Travel + Leisure’s most anticipated books of summer 2020.

From the Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids comes a story of four generations of women grappling with family betrayals and long-buried secrets.

It’s been years since Zoe Fairchild has been to the small Devon village of her birth, but the wounds she suffered there still ache. When she learns that her old friend and grandmother’s caretaker has gone missing, Zoe and her fifteen-year-old daughter return to England to help.

Zoe dreads seeing her estranged mother, who left when Zoe was seven to travel the world. As the four generations of women reunite, the emotional pain of the past is awakened. And to complicate matters further, Zoe must also confront the ex-boyfriend she betrayed many years before.

Anxieties spike when tragedy befalls another woman in the village. As the mystery turns more sinister, new grief melds with old betrayal. Now the four Fairchild women will be tested in ways they couldn’t imagine as they contend with dangers within and without, desperate to heal themselves and their relationships with each other.

Purchase Links

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Lucy’s Great Escape by Rosie Green **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy Sunday all!

Excited to share with you today my review for another fabulous installment in this amazing series! If you have not started the series yet you need to get to it ASAP!☀️

Lucy’s Great Escape, Little Duck Pond Café

Lucy never wanted to abandon her friends and family, and travel to the other side of the country to start a new life. And all without telling anyone where she was going. But these are desperate times. And finding herself with a nightmare of a dilemma, fleeing her home town seems like the only way she can protect herself and those she loves.

The Cornish town of Pengully Sands holds happy childhood memories for Lucy and seems the perfect place to escape to, although having little money and no friends, life at first seems grim.

But a chance meeting with Madison and the rest of the Little Duck Pond Café girls, plus a decidedly attractive local guy who won’t take no for an answer, gives Lucy a glimmer of hope for the future. Could she really settle in Pengully Sands and make a living by selling her watercolours?

But just as life is starting to look a little rosier, it becomes clear that someone back home – the last person she ever wanted to see – has tracked her down…

My Thoughts

Sweet and suspenseful… hopeful and dark… A little more edgy Little Duck Pond Café book. This is the 11th book in this amazing series and even though the Little Duck Pond girls don’t play a huge part in the book, I still absolutely loved it! We met Lucy in the previous book and I like how this book overlapped with her meeting the LDP girls in the previous story. Also really liked how this book showed a different side of Madison. I really like that girl and hope nothing but the best for her! The story is all about Lucy and how she ended up in Pengully, A Cornish seaside town. We also get to see her fall in love, work for Cruella DeVil, find her voice and confidence. Lucy is a very likable character who has gone through some pretty Trumatic things. The woman her father is dating is pure evil and Lucy is having a hard time convincing him of that. I liked how all the layers to the story peeled themselves away until everyone saw the truth. I also really liked love interest Gabe and was rooting for him inspite of everything. Another wonderful installment in this fabulous series! Can’t wait for what’s next! And according to the authors notes at the end I don’t think this is the last time we will be seeing this charming seaside village!

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Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2xGW5mJ

Author Bio –

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love. Rosie’s Little Duck Pond Cafe series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. Each book can be read as a stand-alone story. The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now. Watch out for further tales of the Little Duck Pond Cafe, including the delicious ‘Log Fires & Toffee Apple Cake’, which will be published in autumn 2020.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988