This book opened with promise, but that promise didn’t hold throughout the book.
Zoe dreams of becoming a famous actress in New York City. Emily struggles with mental health but has the heart and soul of a writer. Athletic Shannon 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, they 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.
As I stated above, the opening of this book grabbed my attention and I turned those first pages with high hopes that I would enjoy this story of friendship. However, I found it didn’t have a lot of depth. I felt like portions of my book were missing, that I was missing crucial details or had the cliff notes version of the story. That feeling took away my enjoyment of this book. The story seemed to jump all over without landing. When it did seem to land, it landed in the future leaving me baffled by how quickly solutions seemed to arise. It didn’t feel real and that was disappointing.
I did like each of the characters but wish the author had chosen to land more fully on the exploration of their stories. What is found in this book is disjointed and confusing.
Advanced copy provided by NetGalley.
Rating: 3 stars
Title: The Little Tea Shop on Main
Author: Jodi Thomas
Release Date: May 7, 2019