Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Renee at It’s Book Talk. Throwback Thursday was designed as an opportunity to share old favorites as well as older books in our TBR. As I started reviewing on Goodreads long before I started my blog, it seemed a great way of sharing my earlier reviews (which I hope have improved since the early days).
So this week I’m revisiting The Teashop on the Corner by Milly Johnson, first reviewed in June 2014.
Life is full of second chances, if only you keep your heart open for them.
Spring Hill Square is a pretty sanctuary away from the bustle of everyday life. And at its centre is Leni Merryman‘sTeashop on the Corner, specialising in cake, bookish stationery and compassion. And for three people, all in need of a little TLC, it is somewhere to find a friend to lean on.
Carla Pride has just discovered that her late husband Martin was not who she thought he was. And now she must learn to put her marriage behind her and move forward.
Molly Jones‘sex-husband Harvey has reappeared in her life after many years, wanting to put right the wrongs of the past before it is too late.
And Will Linton‘s business has gone bust and his wife has left him to pick up the pieces. Now he needs to gather the strength to start again.
Can all three find the comfort they are looking for in The Teashop on the Corner? And as their hearts are slowly mended by Leni, can they return the favour when she needs it most?
I have never read anything by Milly Johnson before, but after reading this I’ll be going back to catch up on her other titles. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read, with a great cast of characters that had me hooked from the start.
The Teashop on the Corner has recently been opened by Leni Merryman and as well as serving tea and cake, offers a range of literature related stationary and accessories that delight her growing clientele.
The Teashop provides a haven of peace and respite for a particular group of people who gradually become friends and help each other through their assorted problems. While it might fall into the chick lit category and have a nice light-hearted cover, some of the themes that are covered are far from light and frothy. The various characters cope with a range of trials and tribulations including divorce, bankruptcy, bereavement, unemployment and child abuse, yet the subjects are dealt with in a sympathetic and caring way that neither trivialises or over dramatises the themes.
It is impossible not to warm to the characters and hope that they each get a happy outcome. As to whether that happens – you’ll need to read the book to find out.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.