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The Vintage Teacup Club. by Vanessa Greene Paperback – October 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751548502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751548501
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A delicious brew of love and friendship Trisha Ashley This heart-warming story of finding new friends is a lovely debut Carole Matthews A heartwarming, quintessentially British tale Stylist A lovely testament to female friendship and an enjoyable read Candis

About the Author

Vanessa Greene hosted her first tea party at eight, to a select gathering of stuffed bears. Since then she's trawled antiques markets from Portobello to Paris, Brighton to Buenos Aires, to build her teacup collection and feed her addiction to all things vintage. She still loves an excuse to bring friends together - but nowadays her guests are less shy about trying the cake. Vanessa is in her thirties and lives in north London with her partner. The Vintage Teacup Club is her first novel.

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An easy book to read.
Anne Smith
A good read with a cup of tea on a cold day.
Helen H
Simple story lines but great characters.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
Are you drinking tea with a fine bone china painted teacup? If you are not then you should be, for The Vintage Teacup Club is a spectacular and truly delightful read that I aim to now re-read. This brilliant debut novel by Vanessa Greene combines the love of three women who meet by chance and then from firm friendships. Jenny (first person narrator) visits a car boot sale in Charlesworth, an old market town in Sussex, comes across a delicate and beautiful vintage teaset. Then as if it is fate two other women also appear who want the same teaset, and so they make the compromise of sharing it between themselves; which is the great catalyst for change. Each character's story then unfolds as you begin to find out more about their lives, the trials and tribulations that they are presented with making for an engrossing and heartwarming tale that is completely captivating from the very beginning. Jenny is looking forward to her forthcoming marriage to Dan, Maggie the independent career woman is surging ahead after her disappointing first marriage and Alison appears to be at a quick glance someone who is happily married with two delightful daughters. However things are never as they seem as when Jenny is thrown suddenly by an unexpected encounter with a woman from the past, things turn topsy turvey and the drama thus unfolds before your very eyes.

This is a story about three very distinctive characters of varying ages that have many contrasting experiences within life, and yet are connected in the most curious and unexpected way. Interesting dimensions are brought into each individual's relationships as they juxtapose one another with their mannerisms, thoughts and actions and singular traits (that I feel is also connected to their age).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By suzanne larkin on December 27, 2012
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I knew nothing about this book nor the author. I picked it because I love teacups and was looking for something to read. I couldnt put the book down and loved the story. It had everything I look for in a book. Romance, intrigue and happy endings.I would recommend this book to my friends and anyone looking for a lovely, happy book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zarina @ Page to Stage reviews on October 11, 2012
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Imagine sitting down with the perfect cup of tea in a delicate gold rimmed cup - which is decorated with daisies, roses, or another flower of your choice - and a mouth-watering slice of freshly baked chocolate cake on the side which is covered in sweet icing. Sounds quite perfect, doesn't it? That is exactly what reading 'The Vintage Teacup Club' feels like.

With delightful descriptions of gorgeous antique tea sets (very much like the one gracing the stunning cover) and wonderful characters the book is sweet, cute and very inviting, just like a delicious cup of tea after a long working day.

In her debut novel Vanessa Greene uses an original take on the "club" sub-genre in women's literature. The story centres around three characters, all looking for vintage teacups. And as all three reach out for the same set at the start of the novel a deal is made and an unexpected friendship is born.

There are many lines by Greene that are beautiful but this one in particular perfectly depicts what the novel is all about:

"To new friends, a port in the storm."

While all three characters get nearly equal exposure, it is Jenny who comes across as the main protagonist as hers is the one told from the first perspective. About to get married to her fiancé Dan, Jenny is looking for vintage tea cups to grace the tables on her wedding day. While at the start of the book it looks like her life is pretty much picture perfect, trouble brews when someone from her past suddenly makes a re-appearance.

Alison is a wife and mum of two rebellious teenage girls. Her husband Pete lost his job and it's up to her to supplement their income with her craft works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fredandfreddy on July 29, 2013
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I really loved this book, such a warm story of developing friendships, trials of relationships and the wonder of them too.. I have already ordered the second book.. Looking forward to it :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By June J. King on June 10, 2013
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I liked this book and it's characters but thought a good story was spoiled by a disappointing end as thought it a bit hurried and some aspects of the story left unfinished but as there is a sequel coming out in October maybe that was the reason
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maryanne Gilmore on December 11, 2012
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I loved this book, it is the type of book to curl up with on a cold day in front of the fire and just lose yourself
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If you are a busy parent and are after a good book to enjoy before bed which is entertaining but not too taxing, The Vintage Teacup Club is a good choice. It is easy to read with characters who feel like friends. It is a feel good chick lit novel with a few twists and turns along the way.
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Format: Paperback
I was given this book for a Mother's Day gift by my daughter because she knew how much I love to give tea parties. I have several tea "sets," but always passed up the "single" tea cups at flea markets. I was only interested in "sets." But this delightful book inspired me to begin my own vintage tea cup collection. Over the summer months I purchased several beautiful vintage tea cups and have discovered the beauty anew of tea cups and together they make a lovely set that graces my antique tea cart! Thank you, Vanessa Greene. Your portrayal of these beautiful women and their stories made a delightful read and was truly an inspiration to me!
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