Title: The Teashop on the Corner
Author: Milly Johnson
At her beloved husband’s funeral, Carla Pride discovers that Martin never divorced his first wife and has been living a double life with her. And his other wife, Julie Pride, is determined to take everything from Carla – her home, her money, and her memories.
When Will Linton’s business goes bust he at least thinks that with the support of his trophy wife Nicole he will rise to the top again. But Nicole isn’t going to stick around with ‘a loser’ and Will finds himself at rock bottom.
Molly Jones is being bullied into going into a retirement home by her ‘concerned’ daughter-in-law Sherry and son Gram. Then the love of Molly’s life walks in through her door – a man who broke Molly’s heart into little pieces many years ago. But he says he is dying and wants to spend the time he has left with her.
All people in need of a little love and compassion which they find by chance in the stationery and teashop on the corner run by the ever-cheerful Leni.
But is the world of Leni Merryman as full of rainbows and sparkles as everyone thinks? Or is her smile papering over many cracks in her heart that will soon be shattered unwittingly by her new friends?
Okay. First off – there’s a lot of things going on in this book. We follow several different people whose lives somehow intertwine when they meet at a small Teashop (on the corner).
I will say this is your “typical” British adult contemporary novel, but as a younger gal, I did enjoy it immensely, especially when I got further into the story and the people began interacting. It really helped drive the story forward in one piece rather than 4 individual pieces.
The overall pace was a little on the slower side, but not so bad that it was dragging. The different characters were interesting in their own ways, indulging us in their own individual juicy drama. Carla, the first woman we meet, definitely has an interesting storyline, but also Molly, who is being bullied by her own family.
There were twists and turns in the book, but they were more or less “easy” to figure out, which made you pick up on different things throughout, but they were cleverly placed and therefore the book still earned its 4 stars.
After reading this book, I will say that it’s nice to know my own life is nowhere near as dramatic and tumultuous and that I should be lucky of a little dullness. But just a little.
Do I recommend this book?
To those who enjoy reading adult contemporary set in the British countryside sprinkled with romance, friendship and a dash of family drama.