A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility
by Hillary Manton Lodge
Oh my gosh I fell hard for this book it was such a sweet – charming – heartwarming tale. Usually Jane Austen retelling’s don’t grab me but this one sure did. The cast of characters were all very real feeling. Jane, Celia, and Margot were the sweetest sisters and I loved their closeness even when they were starting to drift a little apart due to strain and stress they still looked out for each other and had each other’s back. Jane and Celia have guardianship of Margot after their dad broke a lot of laws and went into hiding. To stay afloat and start over new they opened a Tea Shop! Oh my how I love my tea so I loved the idea of having a cute little tea shop that offered tea and pastries. My tea shop would also have used books so I could combine my love of tea – books and yummy treats (especially macarons!) They lose everything yet again and pack up to stay with family in Texas. Oh the cast of characters in Texas all have such big personalities. Some are great and have big hearts to go with the saying everything is bigger in Texas. However there is one in particular that I knew was just a little to good to be true from the very beginning. I really wanted someone else to capture Jane’s heart. Retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett was shattered and picking up the pieces not only from his injury but from losing the last member of his family. He had lost his mom when he was young, his brother while he was a Marine and his dad at the very moment he also lost a lot of his Marine team and his leg. I can’t even imagine how someone could lose all so much and still be standing. He was a strong guy that was working through a lot. Jane was that quirky girl who captured his heart with her bold – blunt – a bit odd in her love of tea plants more than people personality. I’ll leave the review at that, since I don’t want to spoil anything. If you’ve read and remember Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility than you know how it ends. The author really has a wonderfully fun writing style and I’ll be checking out her other books very soon. Oh I forgot to mention the best part – the book has recipes! I love books about food that include yummy recipes. There are a few I will be trying very soon. Most of the recipes are sweet treats but there are a few savory ones as well. You probably already guessed it but the sweet treats have a tea twist in the fact that tea is incorporated into the recipe somehow – LOVE it! Oh I almost forgot the rating: I give this book a 100% A+ no actually this one gets over 100% because I’m giving it extra credit for being such a sweet (clean) romance! so A++ this one will be a top 10 of 2017.
about the book: This hip contemporary romance combines Jane Austen-inspiration and foodie fiction in a witty and engaging tale of two sisters who are forced to uproot to unfamiliar Austin, Texas, after high rent and broken relationships force them away from their San Francisco life. Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop.The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again. But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper. While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected–Texas. In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn’t so far away.
Thank you Waterbrook Press and Blogging for Books for the copy of Jane in Austin. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.