Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Book Review - The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley - Blog Tour - #AroundTheUKIn144Books #WestYorkshire

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Title: The Little Teashop of Lost and Found
Author: Trisha Ashley
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied copy
Publisher: Transworld Books
Publication Date: 9th March 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home. 

So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium. 

Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?

There are two (well three really) rather distinct stories within The Little Teashop of Lost and Found. The main focus of the whole book is Alice Rose, who is moving to Haworth, the area of west Yorkshire where she was found abandoned as a newborn. She went on to have a loving adoptive father, who spun her fairytales, and a wicked adoptive mother. After trying to find somewhere in the country where she feels she belongs, she has bought a cafe and home sight unseen in Haworth to try and put down roots. 

Alice is a fabulous baker and plans to open up an afternoon tea emporium, in her new cafe, although things aren't as they seem with the property. She has a unique Yorkshire twist with her waitresses which perhaps not being a northern lass I couldn't fully appreciate, but was amusing to see. Alice is also an author, and she writes dark retellings of classic fairytales with a twist, which brings me onto the second story in the book. We get at regular intervals scenes from the book that Alice is writing.  I will hold my hands up to say that I'm never much of a fan of the book within a book concept and barely even skimmed those sections, so if you want to know how much they add, please check out other people's reviews. 

The third main storyline is from the person who left Alice up on the Yorkshire Moors when she was a baby. In short segments between chapters, we learn a lot and I found it to be a fascinating thread to the book, even if I felt that the person was clearly cold hearted and felt barely human. 

Alice through a stroke of luck ends up being absorbed by a rather large family the Giddings, and when she isn't renovating the tea emporium, or writing her next book, she is spending a lot of her time with the various members of that family, including her neighbour, the gorgeous Niles. 

I really enjoyed the whole of The Little Teashop of Lost and Found and found it to be entertaining, although the story of Alice's search for her birth mother and sense of feeling that she wants to belong somewhere. I loved reading about Alice's early life, which gave a good grounding to her background. 

I also loved the setting of this book including the Yorkshire Moors, and although I couldn't put my finger on them, I'm fairly positive there were some recurring characters popping up from Trisha Ashley's previous books, at least there was a least one thing hinted at that felt very familiar to me.  

This is easily one of my favourite Trisha Ashley novels, and found it to be an engaging read. 

Thank you so much to Rosie Margesson at Transworld for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Please take a look at the rest of the blog tour for more Trisha Ashley goodness!

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