Saturday, 25 February 2017

Advance review of 'The Little Teashop of Lost and Found' - Trisha Ashley


Review of 'The Little Teashop of Lost and Found' - Trisha Ashley



I was delighted to be given the opportunity to read this fantastic novel before its release day. The title intrigued me and the blurb provoked my curiosity. What a lovely heart-warming story with loveable characters and warmth that stretches all the way until the end.

Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home.

So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.

Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?

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Alice is a truly likeable character. The witty, wry narrative gives an immensely enjoyable aspect to the story, however interwoven is a more complex plotline with Alice struggling to find out where she belongs. This combination makes a fascinating story with plenty of twists and turns. Nile, her Grecian god-like neighbour, has great humour and provokes interest throughout the novel to keep the pages turning hungrily. Other characters, throughout the novel, are memorable and cleverly brought to life. Alice is a strong female lead, and her down to earth manner is very appealing.

The teashop aspect, I found, to be extremely interesting and the mouth-watering recipes make me wish I could visit it myself! I enjoyed the local links to the story and mentions of specific areas that I am familiar with. The only aspect that I found difficult to enjoy were the snippets of story that Alice was writing, her dark fairytales, so I found myself skipping those bits but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the actual story plot.

Overall, a very satifiying and warm story that provides enough intrigue, laughs and compassion to make it a truly lovely novel to recommend.

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