Thursday, June 26, 2014

This Book Room: The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane

I'm incredibly blessed to be part of a hand-selected group of people to let everyone I know about Sheila Roberts' wonderfully fun books. Thank you, Sheila, for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

After a fake food poisoning incident in L.A., Bailey Sterling's dreams of becoming a caterer to the stars collapse faster than a soufflé. Now Bailey's face is in all the gossip rags and her business is in ruins. But the Sterling women close ranks and bring her back to Icicle Falls, where she'll stay with her sister Cecily.

All goes well between the sisters until Bailey comes up with a new business idea—a tea shop on a charming street called Lavender Lane. She's going into partnership with Todd Black, who—it turns out—is the man Cecily's started dating. It looks to Cecily as if there's more than tea brewing in that cute little shop. And she's not pleased.

Wait! Isn't Cecily seeing Luke Goodman? He's a widower with an adorable little girl, and yes, Cecily does care about him. But Todd's the one who sends her zing-o-meter off the charts. So now what? Should you have to choose between your sister and the man you love (or think you love)?

Additional notes: This is the fifth and latest book in the Life in Icicle Falls series. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here, the third book here and the fourth book here. The sixth book which is Christmas-themed will be out later this year. 

My thoughts: In so many ways, this was the book I've been waiting for! Finally, Cecily's love life is straightened out, and I'm so happy to have a happy conclusion to that particular story line. The story starts in such an odd way - Bailey's latest catering gig turns into a disaster, and Bailey's reaction to it is pretty hilarious. It's very obvious how emotional Bailey can be. I felt, at times, like she was throwing a little hissy fit. Maybe because she's the baby in the family? 

Anyway, the story quickly moves forward to Bailey being home again and this is where everything picks up and becomes interesting. It was great to see all of my favorite characters in some form or another. While Bailey continued to be annoyingly emotional and spastic at times throughout the book, her personality was countered nicely by the other laid-back characters, particularly Todd Black. 

The book wraps up several plot points nicely, but I'm left wondering if Bailey's mom, Muriel, will ever find a new happy ending. Hopefully, this can be found in a future book! I read this book in one day, and it was a perfect book for the start of summer. It also made me want to eat anything and everything lavender-themed.

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