Books on the Shelf and “The Traveling Tea Shop”

I think it’s safe to say that my TBR (to be read) is a bit out of control. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. There’s nothing I love more than a big stack of books by my bed. It’s almost like having a comforting friend who is always waiting for me.

The last time I posted a photo of my book stack, I had requests for a close-up so readers could more easily make out the titles. Clearly I have many bookish blog followers. Since you asked, here you go!

Above are the hardbacks. Yes, they have their own table.

And the paperbacks.

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What I Just Read
I recently finished reading The Traveling Tea Shop by Belinda Jones. Here’s the description:

traveling tea shopLove isn’t always a piece of cake…

Laurie Davis has always followed her passion. After escaping family drama to start a new life in New York City, she’s up for whatever challenges life brings. So when an opportunity arises for her to use her travel industry expertise and serve as an assistant and tour guide for her idol, Pamela Lambert-Leigh, star of television’s Tea-Time with Pamela, she jumps at the chance.

But Laurie’s exciting adventure ends up entailing a lot more than scouting locations for the cake queen’s new cookbook when Pamela’s sassy mother and sulky, rebellious daughter tag along for the trip. As they cruise around bakeries in New England trading local delights like Red Velvet Cake and Whoopie Pies for British specialties such as Victoria Sponge and Bakewell Tarts, more secrets than recipes are revealed.

Now, in between rediscovering romance, learning to forgive family, and finding the best dessert on the East Coast, Laurie, Pamela, and the gang might find there’s nothing a nice cup of tea, a sweet treat, and a little bit of friendship can’t heal.


I really enjoyed the “lightness” of this book. And what I mean by that is many of the books I read lean more toward drama or memoir than dramatic comedy. The Traveling Tea Shop had a great story coupled with humor and comedy. If I were to describe it, I’d say it was a cross between the Shopoholic series and The Devil Wears Prada.

I also thought Jones’ writing was quite descriptive as I was able to really visualize the double-Decker English bus and tasty treats. One word of “warning” — don’t read this book on an empty stomach because you’ll soon be craving baked treats like never before!

What are you reading these days? Any good books to recommend? Have you read any in my TBR pile?

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Traveling Tea Shop to review for this blog post.  All opinions are my own and I only endorse books that I am proud to recommend to others.

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