Tea and Primroses: A Summary
Nothing is as it seemed in calm, quaint Legley Bay. Famous novelist Constance lived a seemingly straightforward - if private - and somewhat predictable life. Firends, beloved daughter Sutton, and all the success an author could wish for. A perfect life...but was it?
When a hit and run accident suddenly takes her mother's life, Sutton finds hidden secrets with her heartbreak. Emotional walls she assumed Constance had built to protect her privacy may have been to protect something - or someone - else entirely. Family and friends return home for support, including Sutton's own lost love, Declan. He's the first thing she craves to help her cope with her loss and the questions she's left with, but he's also the last person she wants to see. Will he be able to put down roots at last?
Can the loss of true love be the making of a life or is it destined to be the undoing of everything? When money, power, and love combine across time, anything is possible.
Tea and Primroses: What I Think
This is a gothic novel at its finest. Tess Thompson joins the ranks of some of my favorite writers with this book. I am a sucker for family dramas and secrets that span across generations. There's just something so incredibly gripping about how our choices, and the choices of those who came before us, can echo for years to come. And that's what Tea and Primroses captures. Think Kate Morton's latest The Secret Keeper.
I appreciate Thompson's attention to detail here. It's easy, I think, for us writers to stray from the details in order to capture an overarching story, but the details are where the important stuff lies. It's also where mistakes get made and plots suffer. But there is none of that here. My favorite part about the whole novel is how Sutton's search for truth reveals her mother as the complex, somewhat contradictory person she was...the kind of person we all are, no matter how simple things look from the outside. When Thompson asks the question "Can the loss of true love be the making of a life or is it destined to be the undoing of everything?" I think we can answer "Yes" to both...and that's a good thing.
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Thanks for letting be a part of your book blitz, Tess! Good luck with the tour!