A lot can change in a year . . .
The children’s books Jenny writes and illustrates from her countryside studio are doing well, and after a lifetime of looking after everyone else, she’s finally putting herself first. Meanwhile, Maggie’s ordered world is thrown into chaos when her baby son Leo arrives. Candlelit baths have made way for endless night feeds, and she and partner Owen are struggling to find any time for themselves. It’s been a long year of financial sacrifice, but working-mum Alison has fulfilled her dream at last – she is now the proud co-owner of a café and art gallery.
But when Alison’s happiness is threatened and news from home shocks Jenny back to reality, the women must band together. Suddenly their friendship is more important than ever.
In this digital-exclusive short story, Vanessa Greene revisits the characters we first fell in love with in The Vintage Teacup Club. Appealing to both new and old fans, this is a real treat for anyone who enjoys warm-hearted and sincere storytelling – and it’s best enjoyed with a nice cup of tea.
My opinion: I have had The Vintage Teacup Club sat on my TBR for a while, and when I spotted this novella I thought it would be a good way to get to know the characters (even though it is a follow on to TVTC).
The novella had sections on each one of the friends and we follow their lives individually, but get to see how they interact with one another. I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the actual story and felt that there wasn’t much substance there. I know that it was a very short story, but it have read plenty of novellas that have really grabbed me, and unfortunately this wasn’t one of them.
Saying that, I thought that the characters were well developed, but unfortunately I didn’t feel like I really cared about them.
It was a pleasant enough quick read, but sadly hasn’t inspired me to read TVTC. I just think that this series isn’t for me.
My rating: Three stars