Julie Caplin comes to the blog with the sixth book in her romantic escapes collection, this one set in Japan with
The Little Teashop in Tokyo
Fiona had everything from a budding photography career to opportunities to make all her dreams come true, until one fateful meeting and a group of mean girls helped to destroy her confidence and make her retreat from interactions. But years later, she’s developed a loyal following for her travel blog, and gained a few friends who won’t let her stagnate. Now she’s won a trip to Japan to study under a photographic master, and live with a family, all of which will culminate in a grand exhibition for her work back in London.
Far from a traditional romance, Fiona is the story and the lynch pin on which the story revolves. And it didn’t take more than a few pages in before I was hooked! Sure, she’s a bit immature and sulky, and her mother is taking major advantage of Fiona’s ‘reluctance’ to join the world in any meaningful way, but Tokyo and the tea shop, with the quiet influence of Harumi, her daughter and the more ‘exuberant’ granddaughter. The lessons in Japanese traditions and attitudes, as well as their acceptance of, if not wholehearted approval of Gabe, the photographer Fiona once had a crush on who is now serving as her mentor, albeit reluctant one as he also has a ‘minder’ much like Fiona’s mother who won’t let go.
From travel to the ‘usual sites’, to participation in a tea ceremony, to Fiona finding her joy and a new ‘eye’ in photographs, the story is engaging and takes place over a short time, leaving plenty of moments for reflection, discussion and the romance to bloom between Fiona and Gabe. From the real affection shown her by her host family, as well as their gentle encouragement to move out and discover all that one can find in a short time, the story has plenty to recommend it and gives readers a real itch to hop out and discover their own purpose and potential in a new to them world.
Title: The Little Teashop in Tokyo
Author: Julie Caplin
Series: Romantic Escapes #6
Also in this series: The Little Swiss Ski Chalet
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Dual Narration, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Japanese, Romantic Elements, Second Chance
Published by: One More Chapter
Published on: 11 June, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon ♦ Barnes&Noble ♦ iTunes ♦ Kobo ♦ Google ♦Direct from Publisher
Grab your passport and escape to the land of dazzling skycrapers, steaming bowls of comforting noodles, and a page-turning love story that will make you swoon!
For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses paid trip, it looks like her dreams of the Far East are coming true.
Until she arrives in vibrant, neon-drenched Tokyo and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago, gorgeous photographer Gabe.
Fiona can’t help but remember the heartache of their last meeting but it’s not long before the Japanese art of contentment and a special, traditional tea ceremony work their magic…
Amidst the temples and clouds of soft pink cherry blossoms, Fiona and Gabe start to see life – and each other – differently.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.