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The Perfect Blend (Tea Shop, Book 1) Paperback – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736930159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736930154
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Perry (Sunset Beach) entertains and gently inspires in this first of the Tea Shop series, a cozy tale about love lost and found. Steph Vandergrift left all to elope with attorney Rick Manfred and was then left behind before reaching the altar. Beside herself with disbelief, Steph allows a kindly tea shop owner to provide her sustenance for stomach and a bruised soul. Milly Jewell, the twice-widowed shop owner, offers Steph a temporary job at her small restaurant. Having burned her personal bridges with family and friends, Steph thankfully agrees to the arrangement, and soon meets Kendall James, proprietor of the pricey hotel where she was staying before the wedding fell through. Mutually smitten is an understatement as Steph and Kendall immediately connect. Inevitably, obstacles interfere with an otherwise perfectly spun fairy tale. Perry takes what could be a glib, weightless tale and makes her own blend work.
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About the Author

Trish Perry is an award-winning, multi-published novelist. Before her novels, Perry published numerous short stories, essays, devotionals, and poetry in Christian and general market media. Perry holds a B.A. in Psychology, was a 1980s stockbroker, and held positions at the Securities and Exchange Commission and in several Washington law firms. She serves on the Board of Directors of CCW and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She invites you to visit her at trishperry.com

More About the Author

Award-winning novelist Trish Perry has written Unforgettable (2011, Summerside Press) and Tea for Two (2011), The Perfect Blend (2010), Sunset Beach (2009--winner, 2010 Greater Detroit RWA Award), Beach Dreams (2008), Too Good to Be True (2007), and The Guy I'm Not Dating (2006), all for Harvest House Publishers. She collaborated with several renowned authors on the devotionals Delight Yourself in the Lord...Even on Bad Hair Days (Spring 2011) and His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT (Fall 2011) for Summerside Press. Her short Christmas novel, 'Tis the Season, is featured in Summerside's Love Finds You on Christmas Morning (2011), along with Debby Mayne's Deck the Halls. And her novella, Labor of Love, is included in The Midwife's Legacy, released June 2012 by Barbour.

Perry wrote a monthly column, "Real Life is Stranger," for Christian Fiction Online Magazine and was editor of Ink and the Spirit, the newsletter of Washington D.C.'s Capital Christian Writers organization for seven years. Before her novels, Perry published numerous short stories, essays, devotionals, and poetry in Christian and general market media.

Perry holds a B.A. in Psychology, was a 1980s stockbroker, and held positions at the Securities and Exchange Commission and in several Washington law firms. She serves on the Board of Directors of CCW and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She invites you to visit her at www.trishperry.com

Customer Reviews

I really loved the main character, Steph.
M. Vasquez
The Perfect Blend is a delightful contemporary romance with a fun touch of humor.
Carrie A. Turansky
This story was so entertaining and made me laugh out loud at times.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carman (ContinuousDelights) on October 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is such a sweet, heart-warming read! And I loved the witty humor, too! That was a pleasant surprise. However, just because it is sweet doesn't mean it is fluff. I loved the messages woven into the story about acceptance, relationships, and boundaries. It was all so well done! I can't wait for the next book in this series!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janna R. Ryan on November 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
It's been awhile since I've read such a fun, enjoyable book. I was swept away by a fun, quirky heroine that I could root for and cringe with when things went wrong (which they often did). Yet there is a strong underlying message about acceptance and whose acceptance really matters in life. I really liked this book and am pleased to see that it is the start of a series... I'm certainly hoping to see more of Kendall and Steph.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Grant on May 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Wow, this book had me laughing out loud throughout! The characters are so lively and realistic yet so charming! The main character, Steph, is so clumsy and after being dumped by her fiance is required to reflect on her next move. As clueless as she starts out, she is able to rely on her faith and new friends while she makes her way in life. There is also forgiveness as she humbles herself to her parents and finds the acceptance she needs from them. I also deeply admired her growth when she determines to figure out where she belongs in society without relying on a man or her parents. There is nothing inappropriate in this story at all which makes it so refreshing compared to so many books on the market these days. This author successfully and realistically brings characters to life including Steph, whose heart and convictions are stronger than she realizes. She even forgives those who have totally mistreated her and apologizes when all she wants to do is hide. Deciding to forgive those who have hurt you the most and apologizing to others you have mistreated instead of taking revenge or justifying yourself are remarkable traits even in fiction. Steph's character is uncomfortable and insulted more than once in public and through prayer and obedience she comes through doing what's right, not what's easy or popular. Her journey is admirable and hilarious and in the end she realizes who she is and where she belongs. Not everyone's journey fits so nicely within 250 pages of a story, but there is truth and authenticity in the way Perry writes. Not everyone will relate to Perry's characters, but many will be entertained by them in a positive way. Perry understands what it takes to write about flawed characters without including offensive material and the audience is able to experience God's grace as her characters do within her stories. I cherish these types of stories and I look forward to reading more of Perry's books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Payne on May 9, 2011
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Trish Perry has created a sweet blend of characters who you will want to sit down with and have a cup of tea while sharing life together. My favorite character is Millie. I want to go to her tea shop, sit and listen to her wisdom, while soaking in her gentle spirit. A Perfect Blend is a perfect blend of everything!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Commenter77 on July 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is almost a "coming of age" book, yet at 25 - how embarrassing. It certainly is a "breaking away" for the heroine. One cannot help but find a pleasingness about it, with the new life falling into place, the helps and nudges from some solid new friends and the needed awakenings to what it's all about. Of course, there are many pauses and stops along the way. Just when I think our heroine is a solid thinker, she berzerks on me. I don't think even in my most callow youth I would have poured the ice water on the woman. However, I don't think I could have withstood the clear call for violence when Mr. Compromise toadies back up to his mother under the influence of some very sour grapes. In my case, it's very likely his shins would have been at risk. However, Steph shows herself to have truly encountered the lessons of where acceptance is supposed to come from and how important it is to seek counsel at the crossroads especially. Found it a bit slow getting into, but once it "took," it rolled right along.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amy clark on July 26, 2012
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Who wouldn't love a story about tea? It sounds weird but this is totally a book to curl up with while drinking tea on a cold day. It is titled the perfect blend and is written by Trish Perry under harvest house publishers. Gotta love a publishing company located in the pacific northwest for sure! Moving along being unfamiliar with an author sometimes is a huge hit or miss. This one, however wasn't in that ballpark at all. It was such a pleasurable read. Let me give you a bit of background with this story.

We start off with Steph, she had come to Middleburg to elope with an attorney there named Rick. But what she didn't really plan for was the fact that he left without a word and stood her up at the alter. She was devastated, without knowing what to do. Here comes in Milly she owns a tea shop across the street from the attorney office. Milly invites steph into her tea shop. But very quickly she is invited into Millys life and her business. Steph starts working there the next day and in the process it will change herself and her whole perspective on things. So while at the shop Steph meets some local people who also quickly become some of her best friends. Two sisters Christy and Liz. They invite Steph to live with them and she accepted soon everything else falls into place. Then there is Kendall, he owns the hotel/restaurant they become super fast friends, he also tries to help her find a job. They have a bit of drama but I can't tell you what that's all about. Then that would give away the whole story! And that would be unfair. But its really a great book. Luckily its a series and the next one comes out soon! So please check out the perfect blend by trish perry. You can pick it up at a local book store or library!
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