Rosie has everything planned to a T. She knows when she’s coming and going, she knows what’s happening in her life and when, and her plan is working out perfectly fine, thank you very much. That is, until she comes home one day to a husband who wants a divorce.
She’s too predictable, he says, a wet fish, no fun. Determined to prove otherwise, Rosie spends her savings on the Poppy - a perfectly pink impulse buy of a campervan.
From here, she sets out to prove everyone wrong. With no idea on travelling life, she turns to forums, where she begins chatting to Ollie, a keenly-eyed photographer. After some words of advice, she’s soon on the road, where she meets Aria. They soon become a dream-team of travelling bookshop and tea rooms. Am I the only one who cannot possibly pass up a cream tea? No? Good, glad it’s not just me then.
Readers strap themselves in for the adventure of a lifetime as Rosie and Aria take to the festival circuit, travelling up and down beautiful British countrysides. We’re treated to cake, tea blends, sunsets, and Max’s wonderful vegan food as Rosie slowly, but surely, peels back the layers of her previous life in the process of working out who she really is.
With wonderfully eclectic characters, swoon-worthy romance, and a lead character that reflects back to us the women of our time (work-life balance, romantic endeavours, juggling the needs of everyone around us), Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop has (so far) been my favourite read of the year.
I enjoyed reading about the adventures of Rosie and Poppy! It was exactly what I expected: light escapism, a good holiday read. It made me want to buy a campervan and travel the country though :)
Rosie works very hard as a chef, spending her days plating microherbs just so, it seems. Then she is dealt a devastating blow and takes to the countryside in a hot pink van called Poppy. She meets a girl called Aria and they become firm friends, joining others for whom the nomadic lifestyle beckons.
Other than doing a bit of camping with my parents when I was a teenager and staying in plenty of caravan parks during my lifetime, I have never given all that much thought about what permanent nomads must do to make life work for them whilst on the road, and the unique requirements of living your life in a home on wheels.
The Rosie at the end of the book was a different girl to the Rosie at the beginning, and that can only be a good thing. The bits of romance in the book are fun although Ollie is a bit of a worry!! I kind of wish that the book could have gone on a bit longer though, I wanted to know what happens next, lol.