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The Vintage Teacup Club. by Vanessa Greene Paperback – October 1, 2012
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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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I chose this book as a light but not trivial read, for pleasant escape at the end of a busy day, when I knew I wouldn't do justice to more complex story. It turned out to be pretty much what I hoped.
A book chosen for this purpose still has to be satisfying; there is nothing more frustrating, less relaxing, than not caring about the characters and their stories, the 'Who cares!' effect of trivial concerns of trivial characters.
The club evolves from coincidental first meeting of three quite different women; it is a useful device for weaving together their three separate stories.
We get to see the characters behind their facades, and readers can identify with that; we each have our public persona to camouflage our private self. We are invited to connect fairly evenly with the personal concerns of each of the three women rather than to identify deeply with one and, with loyalties thus spread, it is not an intense experience for a reader. However, it mattered enough for me to want to read on in the hope that all would end well.
There is nothing extraordinary about the journey each woman takes, no surprises and no enlightening perceptions. I felt that some of the domestic detail was unnecessary to our understanding of the characters and, therefore, superfluous. However, it's a light take-a-break pleasant read when you need a breather from more intense experiences.
There are times when you want to mix up your library and just read for pleasure.
This book is an uncomplicated, sweet little gem that restores faith in friendship trust and relationships
To sum up a 'feel good read'.