tea and a book

Tea and Comfort with D.E. Stevenson

No doubt I've said this before, but lately the world is too much with me. More than ever I crave the escape of fiction, and today I'm recommending one of my very favorite "escape artists" -- Dorothy Emily Stevenson. I wrote about D.E. Stevenson a few years ago when I...

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Tea and Books for Christmas

I come to you with tidings of tea and holiday reads! For young (and young-at-heart) readers: Christmas with the Savages, by Mary Clive: Seen through the eyes of a prim little eight-year-old, and based on real events and people, this novel perfectly recaptures a...

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September Tea and a Book: Dear Mrs. Bird

Quick take: I was in the mood for something light and quirky, and Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce fit the bill perfectly. Goodreads synopsis: London, 1940. Emmeline Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire...

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August Tea and a Book: Manderley Forever

I recently finished Tatiana de Rosnay's Manderley Forever, a carefully researched and annotated biography of Daphne du Maurier that reads like a novel. Some of you might remember my scathing reaction to Rebecca back in 2012. In short, I despised the unnamed heroine of...

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March Tea and a Book: A School for Brides

Patrice Kindl's A School for Brides: A Story of Maidens, Mystery, and Matrimony is a delightful romp for fans of quirky characters and unusual conflicts, not to mention all things Regency. It's a companion to an earlier favorite of mine from Kindl, Keeping the Castle,...

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Tea with Miss Marple

Over the last several months I re-read (or in some cases read for the first time) Agatha Christie's novels and short stories featuring Miss Jane Marple. What a delight! In addition I introduced myself to the Joan Hickson TV adaptations (most excellent) and revisited...

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A Valentine’s tea with Margery Sharp

Last month, through the power of BookBub, I discovered Margery Sharp. Or perhaps I should say rediscovered, for I was a fan of The Rescuers as a child. I had no idea she'd written so many novels for adults until BookBub featured Cluny Brown*. This charming story...

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September Tea and a Book: Daddy Long Legs

Quick take: Such a delight!Official-ish synopsis: First published in 1912, this young adult novel is comprised mostly of letters from orphan Jerusha "Judy" Abbott to her anonymous benefactor whom she names "Daddy Long Legs". The letters chronicle her departure from...

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March Tea and a Movie and a Book!

My dear friend Michelle visited earlier this month--it's an annual thing for us. We shop, have tea, see movies at the theater, watch tv and movies at home, and, of course, we talk, talk, talk. I look forward to it every year, and it's always hard to say goodbye at the...

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January 2016 Tea and a Book

This past weekend I accompanied Steve on his trip to NYC for the AALS conference. Once he was finished with sessions on Saturday, we took a long walk through Central Park and rewarded ourselves with afternoon tea in the Plaza Hotel's Palm Court. (We booked in a...

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July Tea and a Book

Tea and a Book is back!(I have to admit, however, that this installment is a bit of a cheat. You'll see what I mean later.)My favorite read of the summer (so far) is Kimberly Brusker Bradley's The War that Saved My Life.The story features many of my favorite things:...

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February tea and a book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

When I met with my editor earlier this month, she enthusiastically recommended this book by Marie Kondo (and was nice enough to send me a copy). As a lifelong clutter bug, I was intrigued by Kondo's technique of organizing your possessions by reducing to those that...

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