Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Guest Book Review: Laura Barnard - Tequila & Tea Bags

Reviewed by Tanya Phillips

Sent to live with her cousin Elsie in the Yorkshire countryside, Rose has only one thing on her mind; joining her friends as a club rep in Mexico. 

When she hears about a council incentive offering the promise of free flights to the person who clocks the most volunteering hours at the local care home, she’s got her plan set. 

But she doesn’t plan on bonding with the old ladies, going after the village bad boy and trying to persuade Elsie not to become a Nun. 

Soon she’s questioning who her real friends are and whether her old life is one she wants to return to. 

Can the village win her over and will she win the chance to leave it behind? Will she even want to? 

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This book is fun to read and will have you laughing at the mishaps that Rose gets herself into, most are unintentional and some are done to protect what she wants from life.  Initially Rose is a bit of a player that is used to her own way in life, all she cares about is herself and having a good time and does not worry about the consequences of her actions.  After all mummy and daddy are always around to give her money and she has a lovely roof over her head.   Things change when her parents have had enough and send her to live with her cousin Elsie in a small village in Yorkshire.  Elsie is preparing herself to become a nun and she is constantly giving her time to help others.  The only thing for Rose to do is to help at the local care home in the hope that she will win a prize from the council of a free holiday because she has put in the most volunteer hours.  She is hoping to join her best friend Janey in Mexico where she is bring a holiday rep and this will be her escape from Yorkshire. 

Whilst at the care home Rose finds herself forming a bond with one of the residents Betty and enjoys spending time with her.  Rose changes a lot and becomes a likeable character that seems to cause a lot of unintentional disruption.  She finds herself attracted to the manager of the care home, William,   but so much seems to be in the way of them forming a relationship. This is not helped by the fact that her reputation is already in jeopardy through previous actions and village gossip. 

William has a sad background and finds it hard to deal with his feelings for Rose although he is constantly clearing up after her mistakes.  He has a difficult relationship with his brother and struggles to cope when things become fraught between them.  The story behind his reason for working at the care home is heart-warming and sad but gives you a good insight into the type of man that he is. 

I really enjoyed this book and wanted Rose to find her way in life.  Emily is an adorable character that made me laugh with her worries about what she had to give up to be a nun.  The other characters in the book were well described and the village sounded lovely.  This is a lovely summer time read with a feel good factor.

I'd like to thank Laura for sending us a copy of her eBook for Tanya to review.

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