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A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917 Paperback – June 28, 2005
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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.
From School Library Journal
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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Top Customer Reviews
Set in 1917 NYC, Rosemary, a very prominent society girl, decides to help a young woman, Eleanore Smith, by getting her off the street corner and out of the rain, to bring her home for a cup of tea and some dry clothes. While there, Rose's fiancé Philip comes by, and an unmistakable look of want passes between he and Eleanore. Rose quickly gets the girl out of the house and thinks nothing more of the incident.
But Philip hasn't forgotten about the beautiful young woman, and what takes place in the following pages forever changes the lives of everyone one involved. I finished this book in a day, just picking it up in between chores and other things. It was very hard to put back down. The chapters are very small, only a few pages, and you'll become engrossed in this book from the first one. I highly recommend this book as a great afternoon read. You won't be disappointed.
laughably melodramatic. While it's a quick read (because many of the chapters are two pages long or less, as if each were
written in a hurry), it still felt like a waste of time. It isn't even up to the standards of cheap romance novels; at least
those strive to be entertaining. This book seems listless, as if the author was so bored by her own characters that she just
wanted to get the story written as quickly as possible. Presumably the editor was in a hurry, too; the text has the sloppiest
editing I've ever come across. The usage and grammar are awkward (a character "sort of vaguely" makes a gesture); the punctuation is annoyingly haphazard. If neither the author nor the editor care enough to put a minimal amount of effort into
the book, you shouldn't put any effort into reading it, either.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is perfect for a quick morning/afternoon read while drinking your own cup of tea. The story was short and bittersweet; a typical period romance. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E.Robyn
Perhaps I should've judged the book by it's cover, because it held clues to the author's style of writing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carla E. Hoag
Although a short read, I found it engaging. I found myself unable to put it down. Finished reading it in a few hours and was glad I read it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mona
I enjoyed this novel. It is an interesting WW2 England period piece. A charming story. Amy Ephron follows her sisters in being in being an excellent writer.Published 11 months ago by cathryn anderson
It is a sort story and an easy read. Good for someone who has a short window of time. An interesting story but was caught off guard by the ending.Published 12 months ago by hewags