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on 13 July 2014
Oh my lord !!! You did it AGAIN 

Tess you TOTALLY rock !!!   Tea and Primroses by Tess Thompson is a gorgeous story, the characters grab you from the start and don’t let go till the last page. 

It’s two stories in one (so it’s a bargain already). And I have a feeling it’s the start of a few more in this series (fingers are crossed). Sutton and Declan are the main characters, but Sutton’s mom plays a big part in this book also, it’s her love story as well. 

Sutton and Declan have known each other from birth, and have loved each other for just a long. Declan has longed for adventure and travel, not so for Sutton, she longed for a quiet life, but for Declan to be by her side, and this is where their love falters, so Declan leaves the sleepy village and lives life to the fullest, but he never can forget Sutton.

A tragic accident brings Declan back home to Sutton. Now this is where I had to stop and regroup.  Sutton’s mother has died, and its time to lay her to rest. Whilst trying to find paperwork, Sutton discovers a hidden manuscript. And this is the part I fell in love with. It’s Constance’s (Sutton’s mother) autobiography. 

I won’t spoil anymore, but PLEASE READ THIS BOOK. it’s a moving and well written story.  And it helped me through a really hard part of my life.  It’s a 5 star for me xxx 
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on 25 February 2014
Tess Thompson is a new author to me and one I'll be seeking out again. This was the second book in a series and I did wonder if not having read the first one would pose a problem, but it didn't. Tea and Primroses sits well as a stand alone book.

Tess didn't seem to spend endless time re-capping - at least I don't think she did! We was straight into the story of Sutton, recently home from Paris to set up her dream shop in her home town and her mother, a reclusive author. Things start to unravel when Constance, Sutton's mother is killed riding her bike into town one morning.

The contents of her mother's will and letters written in the event of her death are the catalyst for everything unravelling in this book and the story is then told a piece at a time in the form of a book within a book.

I forgot that this book was supposed to be a mystery book as well as a romance because I was so engrossed with the story - just like Sutton reading her mothers story, I couldn't put the book down, wanting to find out what happened next and why. So it wasn't until near the end that I was jolted back to the ends that needed tying off and for me the mystery was just an extra piece to the tale - the icing on the cake - not absolutely necessary but all the same very nice!

This is a tale of love, hurt, friendship, loyalty and trust. About relationships and understanding what shapes us and makes us who we are - family and friends! It was emotional at times and funny at others - a bit like real life really. Watching Sutton develop and gain confidence as she gained knowledge was just lovely. This book also prodded home how important friends are, the people who know us warts and all and are still there when we need them.

I'd defy anybody to not read this in one sitting, an enjoyable read that has a bit of something for everyone in it - I'm looking forward to reading more from Tess Thompson in the future.
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