EXCERPT: Marjorie let out a long sigh. ‘Why is life so darned hard sometimes?’
She knew she no longer wanted to continue living as a bitter woman, marred by her past with an abusive husband. Marjorie wanted the chance to live as a woman other people would like to get to know because she was kind and considerate. She certainly realized she would never be classed as a sweet little old lady. But she could start by trying to be better; by trying to unlearn the wrongful message Oliver had taught her with his offensive actions.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Everyone’s welcome at The Afternoon Tea Club…
Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond and Dora each hold a different story to their chest – lost loves, abandoned dreams, crippling self-confidence issues, and simply feeling invisible. For each of them, the thought of letting those stories out is almost as terrifying as letting strangers in, and that makes for a very lonely life indeed.
But when these four strangers who have struggled to “fit in” end up on the same table for an event at their local community centre, little do they know that their lives are about to be entwined and changed forever because of an Afternoon Tea club.
Cue an unexpected journey of self-discovery, some unlikely new companions, and plenty of tea and biscuits along the way…
MY THOUGHTS: Bland. Like store bought custard.
I was expecting something heartwarming and poignant, something that would make me smile, and cry. Something along the lines of The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker, or The Love Songs of Mrs Queenie Hennessy. I didn’t get it.
I should have. We have a wonderfully mixed bag of characters, who never quite come to life. Marjorie, victim of spousal abuse. Stacy, cat lady who never felt loved by her parents. Raymond who is grieving for his wife. And Dora, who has absolutely no idea what direction her life should take. That’s not to mention Eileen who has a talent for organising other people’s lives, but is ineffective with her own, and her mother Veronica, whose idea the afternoon tea club was.
The writing is flat and simplistic, the characters undeveloped, as is the plot. This could and should have been a touching and emotional read. Instead, I was bored and tempted to abandon the read. This is the second book by this author I have read, both receiving two star ratings. I won’t be giving her a third chance.
THE AUTHOR: Jane Gilley was born in Nottingham and now lives on the beautiful island of Jersey, with her husband, a rabbit and a Senegal parrot.
Following a career in Interior Design and after writing 6 children’s books, Jane now writes adult books full time.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Avon Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Afternoon Tea Club by Jane Gilley for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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