Thursday, 25 October 2012

Books Read: Vanessa Greene - The Vintage Teacup Club

At a car boot sale in Sussex, three very different women meet and fall for the same vintage teaset. They decide to share it - and form a friendship that changes their lives . . . 

Jenny can't wait to marry Dan. Then, after years of silence, she hears from the woman who could shatter her dreams.

Maggie has put her broken heart behind her and is gearing up for the biggest event of her career - until she's forced to confront the past once more.

Alison seems to have it all: married to her childhood sweetheart, with two gorgeous daughters. But as tensions mount, she is pushed to breaking point.

This was a really interesting concept for a storyline and at first I wasn't sure how it would all work out in a full-length story but once I started reading, I was drawn in... hook, line and sinker!

The three main characters in the book are Jenny, Maggie and Alison.  All three women are completely different and under different circumstances their paths would probably never have crossed, but they do all meet on a Sunday morning at a car boot sale in Charlesworth where they're all on the look out for the perfect vintage tea-sets but each with their own reasons for doing so.

Jenny is looking for vintage china tea-sets to use at her wedding reception, Maggie is hoping to use the cups in a unique flower arrangement for a fussy client's wedding and Alison wants to use the china cups as holders for her handmade candles.  So when they all  end up at the same stall holding parts of the same tea-set, none of them want to relinquish it!  But after a bit of discussion about their reasons for wanting the tea-sets... they come up with the unique idea of sharing it and working together to source other sets for their shared use.  

This chance encounter sets in place a unique bond and friendship that develops between the three women, each offering support to the others when needed, and getting support/advice themselves when they hit difficult times in their own lives.

One of my favourite things about this book was that I didn't find that I favoured one character over another, as sometimes happen when I'm reading a book, I found all three of the women interesting characters in their own rights. 

One of the things I've loved since setting up this blog is finding new authors to look out for so I'd like to thank Madeleine at Little Brown for sending me a copy of The Vintage Teacup Club to review and introducing me to this fabulous new author.  I'll be definitely keeping an eye out for future releases from Vanessa Greene.

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