THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN by Jodi Thomas
Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction / Coming of Age
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Number of Pages: 336 pages
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A rainy-day ritual—a tea party between three little girls—becomes the framework of not only their friendship, but their lives.
Blonde, curly-haired Zoe is openhearted, kind and free-spirited, and dreams of becoming a famous actor in New York City. Shy Emily struggles with mental health but has the heart and soul of a writer. And Shannon—tall, athletic, strong—has a deep sense of loyalty that will serve her well when she heads off to military college.
As Zoe, Emily, and Shannon grow into women—forging careers, following dreams, and finding love—they’ll learn that life doesn’t always unfold the way they want it to, but through it all, the one constant is each other and their regular tea parties. And when the unthinkable happens, the girls must come together to face the greatest test of all.
A deeply moving novel about the family that raises us, the hearts that nurture us, and the great friendships that define our lives.
PRAISE FOR THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN:
“Heart-wrenching as well as heartwarming, the book reflects the experiences of these seven multifaceted and compelling characters as they journey through challenging years together.” — NY Journal of Books
“A comforting treasure for regular Thomas readers who enjoy the easy flow of her writing, a little steamy romance to spice things up, and the development of vulnerable, realistic characters.” — Booklist
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EXCERPT FROM THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN
by Jodi Thomas
Shannon Morell brought out her last suitcase as her dad loaded the car she’d gotten as a graduation present. Her long honey-blond curls had been cut and styled into a short bob since her last high school photos. The summer camp she’d attended in Colorado had honed her tall lean body into an athletic balance.
“You sure you don’t want me to go with you, baby? Five hundred miles is a long drive.”
“Dad, you’ve got to quit calling me that.”
Master Chief Morell shrugged. “I don’t see why. You’ll always be my baby. Four years from now you’ll probably outrank me, but you’ll still be my little girl.”
“Come on, Dad, I’m leaving for college, not dying. All right. We’ll make a pact. When I’m here in Laurel Springs, you can call me whatever you like, but when we’re at the Air Force Academy, you call me Shannon.” At five-eleven, she stood eye to eye with her father, but he’d always be a big man in her mind. He’d stayed. He’d raised her. He’d cared.
Her dad was over forty and tough as leather, but she knew the thought of his little girl being hundreds of miles away wore on him.
“Remember when you went to Iraq twice and I had to stay with Grandma? You promised you’d come back, and, even though I cried, I knew you’d keep your word.” She patted his cheek. “Well, I’m only going to Colorado Springs, but I promise I’ll be back.”
“You got that fancy new cell phone, your extra car keys, your Glock?”
He worried his bottom lip. “You got that roll of quarters in the tray between the seats? Curl your fist around that and you can knock a guy cold with one punch.”
She thought of listing all the classes in self-defense he’d made her take over the years, but it still probably wouldn’t be enough to calm his worries. “I’ll be ready if trouble comes, Dad. I promise.” At her height, she wasn’t likely to be targeted for mugging.
He followed her over to the driver’s door, asking questions. Did she have enough cash? Did she have her AAA card? Did she have a map in case the GPS didn’t work?
Hugging him one last time, Shannon answered, “If I get any more ready, they’ll just graduate me when I drive on campus.”
Her dad straightened into the soldier he’d been all her life. “You drive careful.”
She nodded. Dad never said he loved her; he didn’t have to. “Don’t start clocking my drive yet. I’m stopping over at Zoe’s for tea with the girls.”
“I know. Farewell Tea. You girls have been having those teas every time you’ve left for camps or vacations since you were five.”
Shannon shrugged. “They’re not as much fun as the Hello Teas, but it’s tradition.”
With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 45 novels and 14 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.
In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.
Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.
When not working on a novel, or inspiring students to pursue writing careers, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating an historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.
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