Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review: The Tea House On Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens

Muldoon's Tea Rooms, beloved for the cozy atmosphere and luscious desserts, has started looking a bit outdated-and the same could be said about the proprietors, Penny and Daniel Stanley. After seventeen years, their marriage has started to wear a little thin, even as their old shop bustles with the energy of the customers who seek refuge from their particular dilemmas, including a perpetually dieting housewife escaping her husband's betrayal; a starstruck, struggling artist; and a mysterious woman returning after twenty years abroad to search for a long-lost someone. Behind the chocolate cappuccinos are the stirrings of a revolution that will redefine lives, heal troubled hearts, and rock the very foundation of the humble tea house-and through it all, Penny and Daniel manage to discover what truly matters in life . . . and in love.

I think this is my very first Irish novel! Whenever Ireland is mentioned, one person enters my mind, Enya. A unique singer who has a voice on an angel...Having said that, The Tea House on Mulberry Street is one of those books that you don't want to end because it's so good. I wanted more from the characters, how they will continue their lives and all that. I was hoping that it would be a series, but that wasn't the case.

The star of the book for me, I think, was the old tea house itself. All the characters mostly interact with one another inside the old tea house, which I think makes it more appealing to customers. Being inside a close to ruin  tea room gives you some peace of mind. They share their problems with love, family, friends and gossip too. Sharon has created an array of memorable characters that was enjoyable to read and had me wanting more from this author.

Overall, this book was a page turner, the lives of the people that inhabit the small neighborhood in Belfast was interesting and entertaining. Sharon Owens is a gifted writer and her imagination has taken her on top of my list! I'm hoping to get more of her books really soon! Cheers!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars


Lazy Girl said...

I haven't read an Irish book either!! Great review, I wouldn't mind checking this one out!

Ruperto Prieto Jr. said...

Thanks Lah! The book is really good. :-)

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