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‘The Tea Chest’ by Josephine Moon

The Tea Chest

‘The Tea Chest’ is Josephine Moon’s debut novel.  It was published by Allen & Unwin on the 3rd July 2014.  I was lucky enough to be sent a copy to review.  This was a fantastic opportunity for me as I love discovering new authors.

Kate Fullerton is a talented tea designer known for her creativity.  Now the co-owner of The Tea Chest, she finds herself flying all the way from Brisbane to London to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down.  Kate knows she could be risking her young family’s future.

Leila Morton has just lost her job and doesn’t know what to do, whilst Elizabeth Clancy gets a very nasty shock.  Both women need a fresh start.

When the three women’s paths unexpectedly cross, they throw themselves into realising Kate’s vision for the London branch of The Tea Chest.  However, it’s as if each time success is within their grasp something or other happens and increasing tensions damage their trust in each other.

With the looming possibility that The Tea Chest could fail, Kate, Leila and Elizabeth must decide what is important to each of them.  Are they willing to walk away or can they learn to believe in themselves?

The cover of ‘The Tea Chest’ really caught my eye with its beautiful design.  It makes you want to delve into the book straightaway.  I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.  The descriptions of the shop were wonderful and the various tea blends were just amazing, almost orgasmic.  I also enjoyed reading about each character and learning about their lives.  Kate and Elizabeth were my favourites.

If I hadn’t of known that this was a debut novel I would never have guessed it.  Josephine Moon writes so confidently.  There are flashbacks throughout the story which I thought worked well.

A magical read, I live in hope of coming across a place just like The Tea Chest.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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