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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Book Tour Grand Finale for
Miss White and the Seventh Heir
By Jennifer Faye
We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:
Launch – Note from the Author
Hi. 🙂 Welcome to the blog tour for the second book in my ONCE UPON A FAIRYTALE duet. Trey and Sage’s story is loosely based on another of my favorite fairytales, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs…
Thoughts of a Blonde – Excerpt
ELSA WHITE STOOD before the window of her stylish Manhattan office adorned with black furnishings and gold trim. It wasn’t just any office building. It was a skyscraper owned by White Publishing. And Elsa’s office was on the top floor. She enjoyed looking down upon the rest of the world.
From her office window, the people below looked like peons—small and inconsequential. She smiled, knowing she was so much better than them. She had money, lots of money, and a powerful reach. She was forever finding ways to make her presence in publishing even greater—legal or illegal, it made no difference to her.
Jorie Loves A Story – Review
“The parts that make you smile the most is when each of them sees something that either humbles or surprises them about the other whilst finding that the longer they spend time with each other the more muddling things become as they are each spending an inordinate time contemplating each other!
…Faye loves to write strong heroines and heroes who are saving their own lives!”
It’s All About the Romance – Excerpt
Sage stood and smoothed her navy skirt down over her thighs. She then ran a hand over her hair, making sure the long dark strands weren’t out of place. She didn’t know why she was making such a fuss. It wasn’t like she was the one being interviewed.
She came around her desk and opened the door. She had to crane her neck in order to smile up at him. From behind a pair of dark-rimmed glasses his dark gaze met hers, but she was unable to read anything in his eyes. A man of mystery. She was intrigued.
She held out her hand. “Hello. My name’s Sage White.”
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review
“Although everybody knows the outcome of this tale, the characters are unique and the added twists” are engaging! It is a refreshing change to a well-read tale.
The characters are very real, the scenes easily visualized, and the adventure steadily increases and “draws the reader into the tale”.The Book Cover image and Title are both “well-fitted” to this story.
I offer a Five Stars rating.”
Andi’s Book Reviews – Excerpt
With evening setting in, Trey continued running—pushing himself. After bumping heads with Sage most of the afternoon, he was filled with pent-up energy. That woman was so frustrating and yet so enticing. He couldn’t decide whether he wanted to yell at her or pull her into his arms and kiss her.
He let out a frustrated groan as he slowed to a walk a block from his condo. The sooner he got the information he’d come to QTR for, the better. Ever since he’d stepped inside the office, everything had grown increasingly complicated.
The shrubbery next to him shook. He came to a stop. There was no wind to explain the sudden rush of motion. It was probably a squirrel. He was about to move on when he heard a high-pitched whine. Or was it a bark. Could there be a dog in there?
Bri’s Book Nook – Review
“The plot was fast moving and told from the POV of Trey, Sage, and Sage’s stepmother Elsa. . . . The world-building was also unique, as I found myself enjoying the description of the gala, the chateau, and even the office. This novel definitely didn’t just focus on the romance and forget the rest of the story. Everything flowed smoothly…
…For a short book, everything was done in a nice and orderly fashion. I had nothing to complain about.”
Stacking My Book Shelves! – Excerpt
“I’ve been waiting for you. I have news.” Sage stopped in her tracks. A ball of white fur was sticking out from under Trey’s arm. “What is that?”
He turned to her. His hair was scattered. His shirt was unbuttoned at the collar and his tie was stuffed in his pocket. “It’s more like who is this?”
She frowned at him. “I’m not playing games. Is that a dog?”
Trey nodded. “I can explain—”
“You can’t have a dog in here.”
“I didn’t have a choice.”
Two Points of Interest – Review
“This modern-day retelling of Snow White was a fun read. Both Sage and Trey are dealing with their own issues with trust, parents, and “abandonment”. They have trouble trusting each other. . . . Overall, it was an enjoyable book and I can’t wait to read more books by the author.”
E-Romance News – Excerpt
“His name. We’ll call him Happy.”
“Really?” Trey’s gaze moved from Sage to the dog, whose tail picked up speed. “I guess it fits.” Staring at the dog, he asked, “Would you like the name Happy?”
Sage laughed. “I think he agrees.”
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader – Review
“This book is sweet and intriguing. I loved the journey of catching Elsa in her evil ways. This modern Day Snow White story is worth the couple hours it will take you to read it!”
Becky on Books – Excerpt
Trey laughed. “You had a pet rat?”
“What’s so funny about that?” she asked with a perfectly straight face.
He subdued his amusement. “Nothing. It’s just that you never cease to surprise me.”
“I also had fish, a bunny—” she paused as though to think about it “—a hamster and a guinea pig.”
“You had a very interesting childhood.”
He didn’t want to stop driving. This was the first time Sage had let down her guard with him and he liked it. She was a lot different outside the office—more relaxed and much more approachable.
Christian Chick’s Thoughts – Spotlight
underneath the covers – Excerpt
Sage pressed a hand to his arm. “Are you okay?”
Trey pushed away the troubling thoughts. “Of course. Why do you ask?”
“Because we’ve arrived at the hotel and you haven’t gotten out of the car.”
He glanced out the window at Cannes’ finest hotel. When he was a child he imagined this place was a palace and a rich king lived within its walls. Other times, he would pretend his father lived there, taking care of important business, and that one day he’d return home. But in truth, his father never stayed at this hotel that he knew of and his father never came home.
Trey choked down the unwanted rush of emotions. “I think I’m just tired. I can’t sleep on planes.”
Book by Book – Review
“If you’re in need of a fun, contemporary romance to read this summer, Jennifer Faye’s Miss White and the Seventh Heir could be the perfect choice for you. . . . Though it’s not entirely unpredictable, Miss White and the Seventh Heirkept me entertained from start to finish, and I enjoyed it.”
Wishful Endings – Review
“MISS WHITE AND TE SEVENTH HEIR is a modern twist on the classic fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s a light, fun romance with plenty of nods to the classic tale. For sweet romance readers who like their romance on the lighter side with a little heat, this one is for you.”
Simply Kelina – Review
“I loved how both Sage and Quentin have family issues they are working through, which in turn leads them to pushing away from each other. I also love how they meet at work. This was a really fun and fluffy read. It even involves something for our animal lovers.”
Teatime and Books – Excerpt
Her pulse quickened and she wondered what it would be like to kiss him. Before now, they’d always been at work where there was a constant string of people in and out of her office. There was no time for indulging in a kiss.
But tonight, all bets were off. She assured herself that exhaustion was playing with her mind. As she continued to stare at him, she knew she wasn’t alone with these wayward thoughts.
Bookworm Lisa – Review
“I loved that the characters are flawed and working to do and be better. This book is easy to read and enjoy. The romance isn’t rushed, it begins as a reluctant friendship. The friendship is one of the highlights of the book. The characters how that positive relationships lead to a happy and productive life.
I enjoyed my time in this book. I give it a high recommendation.”
Deal Sharing Aunt – Review
“What a great fairy tale retelling. There are so many retellings out there that it is hard for me to give any a 5, unless they truly deserve it. They have to be different, have their own plot, be in their own time period and still have all the original things I remember form the original tale. This story has all those things.”
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Miss White and the Seventh Heir
(Once Upon a Fairytale #2)
By Jennifer Faye
Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
June 1st 2018 by Harlequin Romance
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A billionaire with a secret…
Can the truth lead to happily-ever-after?
In this Once Upon a Fairytale story, hardworking magazine editor Sage White’s just getting used to being in charge, so she’s alarmed to find sparks flying with her new assistant—the distractingly handsome Trey! Working together, they grow closer, but can their blossoming relationship survive when Sage learns that Trey is really Quentin Rousseau, seventh heir to the publishing empire—and her boss?
Other Books in the Series
Beauty and Her Boss
(Once Upon a Fairytale #1)
by Jennifer Faye
Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
March 1st 2018 by Harlequin Romance
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An innocent beauty, a scarred hero…
Could she be the one to open up his heart?
Handsome but guarded former Hollywood star Deacon Santoro prefers the confines of his mansion since an accident left him scarred both inside and out. But he promised to protect sparky beauty Gabrielle Dupre, his new PA. Can Gabrielle convince Deacon that love will give them the fairy-tale ending they deserve?
About the Author
Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.
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