I was very lucky to be sent a proof copy of Trish Ashley’s new novel, The Little Teashop of Lost and Found and to be included as part of the blog tour for this book. As a fan of her books I was very excited about this and as soon as I heard the thump on the doormat I started reading it. Here are my thoughts on this book.
Title: The Little Teashop of Lost and Found.
Author: Trisha Ashley
Blurb: Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid stepmom, Alice struggled 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 decided 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 fairy tale of Alice’s life to come…but can she find her happily ever after?
Review: First I will start by saying this was an amazing story and I loved it. Trisha Ashley has a writing style that no other author has and it is one of many reasons why I love her books. Trisha creates some amazing characters funny, real and from all walks of life. She has a way of writing that gives you a real insight into the lives of these characters and the setting. I agree with the praise from Katie Fforde, ‘One of the best writers around!’
Alice Rose (such a pretty name) is the main character, stranded at birth, adopted, then treated badly by her stepmom, her start to life has not been great. Once her life begins to settle down it is turned upside down once again. On deciding to track down her birth family and find out if she can finally settle somewhere she goes to Haworth. Finally life takes a positive turn for her. There are few ups and downs along the way some which make you laugh out loud. I really liked the two women who work alongside Alice in the teashop, they are characters you think you wont like but they are so funny and likable, and as for mummy Giddings she is a mum everyone wishes for.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was sad when it finished. Although, I can see a spin off with the Giddings and their Waffle house and to see if Bel falls in love again. This is another great book from Trisha Ashley and would like to thank her and Poppy Stimpson, publicity manager at Penguin Random House UK for sending me a proof copy and including me in the blog tour for the #LittleTeashop.