About the Book:
Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.
But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.
While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas.
In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away.
This modern retelling of Jane Austen's classic was quirky, fun, and overall enjoyable to read! I love Sense and Sensibility and found myself eagerly turning the pages to see how Manton Lodge would reconfigure the details of the story into the current day lives of the Woodward sisters. Granted, modifications were made to the original story line to accommodate today's culture, but the basic elements were all there. The inclusion of tea as the central element for Jane's world was interesting, too. I learned quite a lot about tea! (You mean there are other kinds of tea other than southern sweet tea?) Fun book overall that I recommend for a good light read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of A Table by the Window, Reservations for Two, Simply Sara, and the Carol Award-nominated Plain Jayne. A storyteller at heart and a University of Oregon journalism graduate, Hillary discovered the world of cuisine during her internship at Northwest Palate Magazine. In her free time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, watching foreign films, and riding motorcycles. She lives in Portland with her husband, Danny, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Shiloh. To learn more about her books, visit http://www.hillarymantonlodge.com/.
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