The back of the book says:
Three women find the perfect brew of friendship and laughter at The Vintage Teacup Club.
At a car boot sale in Sussex, three very different women meet and fall for the same vintage tea set. They decide to share it – and form a friendship that changes their lives . . .
Jenny can’t wait to marry Dan. Then, after years of silence, she hears from the woman who could shatter her dreams.
Maggie has put her broken heart behind her and is gearing up for the biggest event of her career – until she’s forced to confront the past once more.
Alison seems to have it all: married to her childhood sweetheart, with two gorgeous daughters. But as tensions mount, she is pushed to breaking point.
Dealing with friendship and families, relationships and careers, highs and lows, The Vintage Teacup Club is heart-warming storytelling at its very best.
This beautiful teacup was photographed by myself at the book launch for Style Me Vintage Tea Parties by Betty Blythe. Just look at the detail.
When I started to read this book I decided to read this book I thought it would be best to go about making notes the methodical way. So with notebooks and pens in hand I started to read and make notes. This is what I came up with:
The cover is absolutely gorgeous and made me think – why don’t I make a cup of tea and settle down to read this book. Incidentally that is exactly what I did! Reading through three different perspectives on a situation may seem somewhat confusing however if approached with an open mind can be enlightening. The three ladies in the book have a common interest in a beautiful tea set, each have their own ideas what they will use it for.
Three very different women with a common love.
The tea set is described as delicate, vintage, and basically just magnificent. The event where the ladies meet whilst hovering over said tea set is one that makes you wish that such an occurrence would happen in reality. Most friendships start in early childhood during the attachment phase between mother and carer of that of a school friend. Friendships are a little harder to start later in life - maybe due to the fear of rejection or embarrassment. However with a common ground conversation may flow and bonds may form. As the chapters are not too long there are snapshot insights into each character and overlaps of interaction in the group. This is just enough to keep your interest peaked in the book and not too little so you lose track of the storyline.
One place that was mentioned in the book is Bognor Regis – this is a place that holds many fond childhood memories for me and just the mention of it bought a smile to my face. The vibrant and colourful description of Brighton and the lanes in which many of the lusted after teacups made their way made me want to go back ASAP delve further into the hunt for teacups.
Once I had reached the end not only did I want more but I felt that it was time to reconsider some of my own relationships be it with friends or former lovers. Knowing my own self worth is important to me and this book was a nice kick up the proverbial to jump-start my year of lateral thinking. There may be love, lust, heartbreak and many other emotions but Friendship is the key subject of this lovely book.
This book bought up many past and present feelings and for that I have to thank the author Vanessa Greene (you can find her on Twitter @VanessaGBooks).
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