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The Tea Chest Kindle Edition
|Length: 368 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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I am a confirmed coffee drinker; I am almost embarrassed to admit that I have two coffee machines and thoroughly enjoy my morning “heart starter” and my relaxing Chai. Tea was something my Dad drank very strong. The Tea Chest concept has made me question whether it’s time to explore the joys of tea!
Kate is a tea designer and loves nothing better than serving someone a tea she designed just for them. Her friend Simone loves new ideas, establishes her teashops in both Sydney, Brisbane, and has plans for a third shop in London. Operating from their home base in Brisbane, Simone has the concept and Kate produces the product; what a great combination!
Unfortunately, as the novel starts, Kate is reading a letter from the recently deceased Simone advising her that she is now co-owner of the Tea Chest, together with Simone’s sister Judy. Simone’s letter outlines her plans to expand the Tea Chest to England, a plan totally abhorred by Judy. What was Simone thinking, selling tea to the English?
Kate however wants to give her late friend’s dream a chance of coming true and so she and her husband decide to risk their home, their future and “go for it”.
Meanwhile in other parts of Brisbane Leila (pronounced Lay-la) does a total dummy spit and loses her job; Elizabeth finally makes news, it’s just a little unfortunate it is in her underwear on the Storey Bridge. Kate employs Leila to handle the financial side of the London venture and then via a chance meeting in a pub, they meet Elizabeth and her sister Victoria.
Whilst Kate, Elizabeth and Leila are clearly defined, Victoria’s character has a touch of the “plus one”. They form a strong bond determined to achieve the dream of opening a specialist teashop in London. Can they turn the derelict location Simone found so perfect, into something attractive to their potential customers?
The back-story of Judy and Simone’s relationship, told in snippets, adds another dimension to the story that added to the overall novel. Judy’s shadow, and her lack of belief in the business, tell the reader so much about Simone and are well used to add depth and intrigue.
Author Josephine Moon writes with a delightful, whimsical humour about the haughty London neighbor, the illegal immigrant tradesmen and even the inspector from the local council. Her recipes for designer teas are a delight to read as she mixes tea, herbs, and flowers to make her distinctive brews.
This is the author’s first novel and, in my opinion, the ending left the door firmly open to a sequel, which I would happily read.
This new Tea Chest Shop was to be a new, daring venture into the overseas market, and was to be fashioned from an old rundown shop which had been previously purchased by one of the two co owners before her untimely death made it become the legacy of Kate...her friend and much valued employee tea designer.
Kate is very skilled in designing and making many versions of flavored teas, but not so skilled in the business and management side of things....
A nice insightful and easy read, especially for a tea/chai lover like myself.
Overall I quite enjoyed this story, although it did take a long time to go very far at all - patience is a virtue.
Dreams realised, shattered and lessons in trust are sorted in the end - quite satisfying
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