Kate Fullerton, talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, could never have imagined that she'd be flying from Brisbane to London, risking her young family's future, to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down.
Meanwhile, Leila Morton has just lost her job; and if Elizabeth Clancy had known today was the day she would appear on the nightly news, she might at least have put on some clothes. Both need to start again.
When the three women's paths unexpectedly cross, they throw themselves into realising Kate's magical vision for London's branch of The Tea Chest. But every time success is within their grasp, increasing tensions damage their trust in each other.
With the very real possibility that The Tea Chest will fail, Kate, Leila and Elizabeth must decide what's important to each of them. Are they willing to walk away or can they learn to believe in themselves?
I love reading books by new authors so have been looking forward to reading The Tea Chest ever since I first heard about it earlier this year and having recently finished reading it I can certainly say it lived up to my expectations.
Kate Fullerton has the perfect life, a loving husband, two gorgeous young sons and a job she loves creating new blends of tea for The Tea Chest, a boutique tea shop in Brisbrane, Australia. So she's completely shocked and overwhelmed when the owner Simone suddenly dies and leaves her share of the business to Kate especially when she discovers that Simone had been in the process of setting up a flagship stored in London and it's up to Kate to see her dream become a reality...
But with Simone's co-owner, step-sister Judy, wanting to sell the business and pressure from husband Mark to accept Judy's offer, can Kate ignore what Simone had wanted her to do?!
Right from the prologue when you read Simone's letter to Judy you know that there's plenty of drama in store as you'll discover as you continue reading, sibling rivalry, industrial sabotage and the London riots are just a few of the issues that Kate has to deal with. But fortunately she hires two women to help her, Leila and Elizabeth, both have had their own share of personal dramas recently so maybe helping Kate at The Tea Chest will be just the new start that they need.
I loved Kate, she was a hard-working young mum who was torn with trying to do what was best for everyone, her family foremost but also her commitment to Simone's legacy and her co-workers. I'm sure there will be many mums out there who can relate to Kate's struggles and emotions.
The Tea Chest is a heartwarming tale of family loyalty, betrayal, friendship, but above all a love of all things tea. A fantastic debut novel from Josephine Moon, I look forward to reading lots more books from her in the future.
I'd like to thank Sam at Allen & Unwin UK for sending me a copy of this book to review.