Monday, 30 January 2017

ARC Review: The Little Teashop of Lost and Found

Title: The Little Teashop of Lost and Found 
Author: Trisha Ashely 
Published: 9th March 2017
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Hell yes!

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?

Wonderfully wry, heart-warming and life-affirming, Trisha Ashley's hilarious novel is perfect for fans of romantic comedies by Milly Johnson and Jill Mansell. And it contains recipes!

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review, a huge thank you to Transworld!!!

OMGOMGOMGOMG!!! I really need to find another way to express my overload of emotions with 'omg' but because I currently don't have one I am going to keep using it until I find another one. But WOAHHHHH!!!!


Right, lets get to the review shall we?

This is such a cute adorable story, I was gripped from the edge of my seat. With this being a Contemporary, I was surprised to be literally so hooked in to the book (I mean come on who doesn't love a good romance novel right?), I felt like I was in touch with my readerness so much that I had become one with the book seriously!!! I have no regrets reading this in one sitting and not getting much sleep either, that is dedication baby. 

Alice, oh my sweet Alice. She had to go through so much even as a baby, for most of her life all she feels is rejection and she longs to know where she belongs. From the very first chapter in the book, Trisha gets right in to the story of Alice being a fondling which breaks Alice's poor heart when she finds out (Nessa tells her when they are both having a disagreement and old secrets are coming to the surface). Originally from Haworth, Alice moves around a lot after her adopted father dies (from Cornwall to Scotland to her hometown again) but after dealing with one blow after the other, she has a mental breakdown after her current fiancé dies (my heart broke a little again). But Edie soon convinces her to start a fresh and she has every right to live in her hometown, Alice soon enough is consumed by the idea of going back to her roots and where her best friend lives. However things don't go always as planned, the Bramwell Cafe she buys is a complete fraud with everything being broken, dirty and awful condition. Not at how it was advertised online when she bought it on impulse from Mrs Muswell (she also plays a interesting part later on in the story). Alice is on a new mission, she is determined to open her little teashop just as she always wanted to, however she faces numerous obstacles along the way.

Alice is a very strong and sensitive character, she loves with all her heart. Even with the constant hurdles coming her way she gets back up again every time, I have to admire her resilience. What I loved most about her was that she was constantly a surprise all the time, every page I turned I never truly knew what was going to happen next. She was a character who I fell in love with instantly. As well as being reader (smart choice girl) she was also a very quirky author in my opinion with strange but hilarious story ideas. She wrote one book about an author and I quote:

Who'd had such a vicious book review that she'd tracked down the perpetrator and unleash on her a series of revenging goblins, boggarts, wicked fairies and other dark creatures, who all inflicted punishment on her in different and inventive ways. 

Omg, see what I mean? I just freaking love her! <3 But all her hardwork pays off when she gets a contract from a huge publisher, way to go Alice! *applauding*

They say some surprises come in any shape and size in this case it is a Greek like God named Nile Giddings who owns the shop next door, the antique store Small and Perfect. His sarcasm was actually what won me over, he is really intellectual or at least the way he talks seems like he his. However he is I still fell in love with his character, his constant banter with Alice more like disagreements were a such a joy to read (well really he was telling her his own opinion of things not that she took any of his advice unless it was a good one! She is such a badass woman). I really loved seeing their relationship evolve over time spent with one another, from friends to lovers. Aside from his rudeness sometimes, he really did help her a lot with finding furniture for the store and flat, supporting her when she wants to find out who her birth mother is. This leads me to introduce the Giddings family; Sheila (mother), Bel (sister), Teddy (brother) and Geeta (Teddy's wife). Such a lovely family, I loved Bel most of all, like Nile she also helps Alice a lot and the two instantly become good friends like sisters.

I really loved this story so much, after writing this review I am tempted to go read it again! Make sure you and go pre-order this book if you haven't!

**please note any quotes used in this review are taken from my copy of the arc

Let's talk: Have you read any of this author's previous books? What did you think of it? Did you love the writing style as much as I did? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. I have not tried this author's books but after reading your review, I am eager to check them out. Thank you for rec :)

    1. Your welcome and thank your for the lovely comment. I hope you enjoy it! :)