Jun 19, 2014

The Travelling Tea Shop by Belinda Jones

A delectable tale of love, friendship and cake...

Laurie loves a challenge. Especially if it involves tea-time and travel. So when British baking treasure Pamela Lambert-Leigh needs a guide on a research trip for her new cookbook, she jumps at the chance.
The brief:
Laurie and Pamela - along with Pamela's sassy mother and stroppy daughter - will board a vintage London bus for a deliciously unusual tour of the USA's East Coast, cruising from New York to Vermont.

Their mission:

To trade recipes for home-grown classics like Victoria Sponge and Battenburg for American favourites like Red Velvet Cake and Whoopie Pie.
All the women have their secrets and heartaches to heal. As well cupcakes galore, there's also the chance for romance...
But will making Whoopie lead to love?
Laurie is very well prepared when she's got the chance to become Pamela Lambert-Leigh's travelling guide for her next cookbook. She is thrilled when Pamela chooses her to plan the trip. Their means of transportation will be a vintage London bus which is amazing. The driver is Pamela's mother and as a surprise Laurie finds out on the day they're meant to leave that she's also brought her daughter Ravenna. Even though Laurie prepared an easy and fun trip filled with dreamlike destinations and lots of cake, it doesn't turn out quite the way she planned. Pamela is heartbroken and Ravenna behaves like a spoiled brat. Will everything be all right and is love hiding somewhere at one of their travel destinations?
 When I saw the cover of this book I knew I had to have it. I bought the paperback which is even lovelier as it has bits of shiny pink on the cover. Which girl wouldn't want a book like that? I fell in love with this story straight away. I liked the main characters, even Ravenna, and the pie and cake talk is amazing. I want to go on that trip, vintage bus included. Pamela's snappy mother is definitely the star of the book. I liked the dialogue and learned a lot about cakes and pies while reading this story. It made me gain a bit of weight though, because I had to have something delicious while enjoying this novel. I can't read about cake without eating any. I couldn't get enough of the Travelling Tea Shop and will definitely read it again!

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