About Books #114: The Little Teashop in Tokyo
There are some authors that just always manage to get it right. Julie Caplin is definitely one of those – every single one of her Romantic Escapes-series? Loved it. And The Little Teashop in Tokyo is no exception!
I was offered an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are strictly my own.
Grab your passport and escape to the land of dazzling skycrapers, steaming bowls of comforting noodles, and a page-turning love story that will make you swoon!
For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses paid trip, it looks like her dreams of the Far East are coming true.
Until she arrives in vibrant, neon-drenched Tokyo and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago, gorgeous photographer Gabe.
Fiona can’t help but remember the heartache of their last meeting but it’s not long before the Japanese art of contentment and a special, traditional tea ceremony work their magic…
Amidst the temples and clouds of soft pink cherry blossoms, Fiona and Gabe start to see life – and each other – differently.
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| C – characters |
A – atmosphere
W – writing
P – plot
I – intrigue
L – logic
E – enjoyment
Let’s be real – from the moment you’ve read the first chapter of this book? You kind of already know what’s going to happen. But that’s completely okay. Because it’s not so much what happens, as how Julie Caplin makes it happen that matters in this series.
And how she makes it happen? Well, that’s a combination of gorgeous landscapes, exquisite descriptions, and the kind of (semi-slow burn) love that makes your toes tingle.
Add to that a main character who gains so much confidence, a love interest who realises he’s let himself get led off the right track, and of course: some very supportive side characters? And you end up with a book that basically grabs you from the first letter, and doesn’t let you go until its happy resolution.
To top it all off, the glimpses of Japanese culture which Julie Caplin so expertly weaves into the story on so many levels – from the culture, to the tourist attractions, to the food (oh, the food!)… And I basically wanted to grab the first Japan-bound plane to experience it all myself!
The rating: 4/5
It’s not so much that I’m predictable when it comes to Julie Caplin’s books (although, really, I kind of am), as it is that this author just consistently delivers with each and every single book. The Little Teashop in Tokyo is the perfect read if you’re in need of something that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside… Cravings for tempura might be one of the side effects, though 🙂 (Goodreads)