Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tea Readings: The Colour of Tea

Reading is another one of my favourite pastimes. To me, tea and a good book are perfect partners in crime! I just finished off a book called The Colour of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe. I decided to read this book not just because of the title, but because of the cover art of yummy looking macarons. I love macarons!

This book was something I really related to, and I was not expecting that at all. The thought of opening up a little café in small town Canada serving up pots of tea and tiny treats like macarons is something that has crossed my mind many times. I've mentioned in previous posts that I not only have a Tea Sommelier Certificate, but I also have a Baking Arts Certificate. As well, I have a lengthy list of credits for courses in cake-decorating, marzipan sculpting, and other sugar arts. Hmmmm………I'm thinking...I'm thinking...

Tea and macarons, oh my!

The book centres around the main character, Grace, who opens up a café called “Lillian’s”, because of her love for baking, and for a sense of fulfillment. It really becomes a means of occupying her mind from some issues she is dealing with in life. Issues I’m very well familiar with too. Over time, the café becomes a place for women to get together and share their struggles and joys, ups and downs, and even some dark moments in their lives, all the while enjoying an endless supply of marcarons and cups of tea. They listen, teach, and learn from one another and help guide each other down the right path.

This is the author’s first novel. It wasn't a bad book. Definitely an easy read. I thought the cast of characters were interesting but a little cliché, with story-lines that were a little predictable. It’s a good summer book when you’re looking to read something light and fluffy. The title is a bit inaccurate. The macarons took centre stage in various descriptions concerning food, whereas the tea was just an afterthought. I suspect a book entitled "The Colour of Macarons" would be a bit of a mouthful though, so this is okay!

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