A Cup of Tea adds a touch of class--and a love triangle--to the classic theme of parallel lives and their accidental crossing. New York City, in the uncertain days of World War I, is home to Rosemary Fells, who is the sort of woman with the time to strike stunning poses and rearrange her curls; Eleanor Smith, whom Rosemary finds under a street lamp, miserable and shivering, is certainly not. Miss Fells indulges a whim of beneficence, whisking "the creature" home to share warmth, tea, and a change of clothing. Once clean and dry--fortified with sandwiches and brandy--young Eleanor and Rosemary's fiancé meet in the hallway and exchange a look, the kind of look that will forever change the course of their lives.
A Cup of Tea is a well-crafted, terse novel that reads like a good short story. It's a refreshing step back to yesterday, a time when the fates picnicked on the glass slopes of privilege. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA. Rosemary Fell, privileged and accustomed to having all that she wants, is set to marry Philip Alsop. Of the same social class, Philip struggled years to build his own shipping concern into a success after the death of his father. Now their future together seems to promise happiness. Then Rosemary invites Eleanor Smith home with her, offering the seemingly penniless young woman temporary shelter from the weather. Instead, Philip instantly falls in love with her and the star-crossed love pulls all three characters into a dramatic, sorrowful ending. Ephron writes short, intense chapters, yet allows room for emotions and imagination to expand fully. She maintains interest by ending the chapters exactly at the next eventful point in the story, making the novel a natural page-turner. Sustaining the tension between the characters, while subtly interweaving more complexities of the plot, the author builds towards the intense conclusion. Using precise historical details of 1917 New York society, from clothing to moral attitudes, Ephron captures the ambiance of the era as well as the differences in lifestyles between the wealthy and working classes.?Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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A poorly written, annoying book with a predictable ending. What a waste of precious reading time. If it hadn't been so short I wouldn't have finished it.Published 22 days ago by Zaddick
This book was quite good from the very beginning and I enjoyed the entire read. Some parts were not totally believable, but all in all it was entertaining.Published 1 month ago by Mike
It was a good read with a surprise ending. The author painted a great picture of the era during the first World War. I enjoyed this book.Published 1 month ago by mountain reader
Short, fast read but developed so that it kept me riveted and I read it in no time. While somewhat predictable it was not possible to foresee the conclusion. Worth the time.Published 1 month ago by S. Kelley
On.y regret was that I wish it were longer. It plunged you into this world and made you feel for the characters, all of them.Published 1 month ago by Tricia Lafontaine
Typical story of one man and 2 women. Outcome is unknown until end. Hard to decide which to champion.Published 1 month ago by Sedona Brown
Ephors spins a tale that I couldn't put down. She captures the period and characters in such detail - they're loves and betrayals.Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Westlake
Unusual take on a society girl wanting to help out a woman who is beneath her socially. Not the expected play of events. A bit of a love triangle is involved. Read morePublished 1 month ago by christy
Loved this intriguing story. Could not put it down from the beginning. Well written and mesmerizing.Published 1 month ago by 2paddlers