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The trip of a lifetime! Rosie Lewis has her life together. A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021. That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he's had an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, The trip of a lifetime! Rosie Lewis has her life together. A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021. That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he's had an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, only to discover the following morning that she has spontaneously invested in a bright pink campervan to facilitate her grand plans to travel the country. Now, Rosie is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, and the chance to change her life! With Poppy, her new-found travelling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…? A laugh-out-loud novel of love, friendship and adventure! Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.


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The trip of a lifetime! Rosie Lewis has her life together. A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021. That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he's had an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, The trip of a lifetime! Rosie Lewis has her life together. A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021. That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he's had an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, only to discover the following morning that she has spontaneously invested in a bright pink campervan to facilitate her grand plans to travel the country. Now, Rosie is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, and the chance to change her life! With Poppy, her new-found travelling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…? A laugh-out-loud novel of love, friendship and adventure! Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.

30 review for Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mackey

    Rosie had everything she ever had wished for: the perfect husband, she was the sous chef at a Michelin rated restaurant, two perfect children – well, they were perfectly planned out in her future where they would be perfect to be sure – and she lived in a perfect apartment. Until she walked in on her birthday to find her not-so-perfect husband with a pre-packed bag walking out on her for another woman! Rosie’s very perfect life was shattered. So she did what any sane woman would do – she drank a Rosie had everything she ever had wished for: the perfect husband, she was the sous chef at a Michelin rated restaurant, two perfect children – well, they were perfectly planned out in her future where they would be perfect to be sure – and she lived in a perfect apartment. Until she walked in on her birthday to find her not-so-perfect husband with a pre-packed bag walking out on her for another woman! Rosie’s very perfect life was shattered. So she did what any sane woman would do – she drank a lot of cheap wine and unknowingly used all of her savings to purchase a hot pink RV named Poppy! Rosie gives it all up – the perfect apartment, the perfect job, the Michelin stars and hits the road with Poppy to open a pop-up tea shop. I’ve recently read quite a few books about women who have hit a crisis point in their lives and, throwing caution to the wind, leave everything behind to open a bakery, bookstore, coffee shop, etc. Rosie’s story, however, hit notes of reality that I found myself relating to on multiple layers. She was alone, in fact she was a loner in general. She had used her savings to purchase Poppy so money was not a luxury for her. When Poppy breaks down, she has to rely on the kindness of others and scrabble together new ways to make money to pay for the repairs. She got herself mixed up in a “catfishing” scheme that was extremely realistic and, sadly, happens far too often to women online. I found myself nodding throughout the book, saying yes, yep, been there, done that. I suspect we all have – or will – find ourselves in similar situations. That’s not to say that Rosie did nothing except make mistakes. Along her journey, she made true friends, learned real lessons, renewed her self-esteem and discovered that she could fall down, take chances, and get back up again to carry on. She found love and laughter in the most unusual places but learned that she also could stand on her own two feet when she needed to do so. Rosie’s Traveling Tea Shop is a wonderfully written story of friendship, love, self-discovery and person growth – a true delight to read for all. Many thanks to #Netgalley, @Jaxandwillsmum and @HQDigital

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    For Rosie it is a journey of self discovery as well as a trip around the UK, after she buys a campervan while drunk the evening her husband leave her for another woman. He accuses her of being predictable and suspects his leaving won't have any effect, whereas it is soon apparent it was the best thing he could have ever done for Rosie. Rosie is filled with self doubt and it was wonderful to see how she developed over the course of the summer, travelling around various festivals in her brand new For Rosie it is a journey of self discovery as well as a trip around the UK, after she buys a campervan while drunk the evening her husband leave her for another woman. He accuses her of being predictable and suspects his leaving won't have any effect, whereas it is soon apparent it was the best thing he could have ever done for Rosie. Rosie is filled with self doubt and it was wonderful to see how she developed over the course of the summer, travelling around various festivals in her brand new travelling tea-shop. The first person she meets at her first campsite is Aria, who runs a travelling bookshop. They team up and Rosie starts blending teas inspired by classic books which all sounded perfect - after all cream teas and books go together so well. I really enjoyed getting to know Aria and just why she was travelling too. In fact there are all manner of interesting people on the travelling van circuit, and a whole variety of different festivals where they popped up over the summer months. As I have come to expect from a book from Rebecca Raisin, it has a wonderful warm feel to it, everything is really well described, there is some humour and the back stories make you think a bit too. There is even a gorgeous guy, who continued to surprise both me and Rosie. This was such a pleasure to read, I lost myself within the pages and felt as though I was at the various festivals with Rosie. And Poppy her bright pink campervan is fabulous too. An incredibly enjoyable book and I already know that the wait for the next book by this talented author will be far too long! Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily,.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eeva

    I received a copy of this book from a Publisher for an honest review. I usually love books like that, but unfortunately this one just did not lived up to my expectations. I appreciate the fact that Rosie, the protagonist, did not open a cute cafe/bookshop in Cornwall as it usually happens in those books, but hit the road - that was very refreshing. Unfortunately the rest of the book fell flat. The characters are bland, they're neither likable nor unlikable, the romance is lukewarm at best. To secur I received a copy of this book from a Publisher for an honest review. I usually love books like that, but unfortunately this one just did not lived up to my expectations. I appreciate the fact that Rosie, the protagonist, did not open a cute cafe/bookshop in Cornwall as it usually happens in those books, but hit the road - that was very refreshing. Unfortunately the rest of the book fell flat. The characters are bland, they're neither likable nor unlikable, the romance is lukewarm at best. To secure spot at huge festivals like Fringe or Hay-on-Wye or Glastonbury (especially Glastonbury) you have to apply months in advance, you can't just turn up, park your travelling tea shop wherever you please and do business. Also, if you want to sell food to people you have to have a green light from so many agencies (like FSA etc), you can't just go with the flow because you feel like it - Rosie as a sous chef should know that. Overall it's not a bad book, but it's not good wither. Actual rating - 2.5, rounded up to 3 because I don't feel it's fair to give it 2stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: March 3, 2019 Genre: Chick Lit Actual Rating: 4 stars What a lovely story! I don't recall reading a book by Rebecca Raisin but that will certainly change once she releases more books. I really enjoyed this one. The author incorporated delicious desserts and teas while showing us that sometimes change isn't a bad thing. I think any reader who is in need of a pick me up should check out Rosie's Traveling Tea Shop. It's an eye opening novel and filled with some amazing character gr Release Date: March 3, 2019 Genre: Chick Lit Actual Rating: 4 stars What a lovely story! I don't recall reading a book by Rebecca Raisin but that will certainly change once she releases more books. I really enjoyed this one. The author incorporated delicious desserts and teas while showing us that sometimes change isn't a bad thing. I think any reader who is in need of a pick me up should check out Rosie's Traveling Tea Shop. It's an eye opening novel and filled with some amazing character growth and experiences. I certainly wouldn't mind traveling with Rosie and learning a thing or two from her along the way. In the story readers will meet Rosie who is in the process of divorcing her cheating husband. When he calls her a cold fish and a person who fights change and excitement she decides it's time to pack her bags and head out on the open road. During her journey she finds love in the one thing that has always been dear to her- cooking and baking- and sharing it with others. She also finds herself unexpectedly opening up to a world of possibilities she never could have imagined! Readers, follow Rosie on her delightful journey. You will smile, laugh, and even cry with the characters!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    For Rosie, scheduling ahead has always led to good things. She’s got a great job as a sous chef in a Michelin-Starred restaurant, a seemingly great husband, and even plans for children in January 2021. But then she arrives home one day to find her husband with one foot out the door as he admits to carrying on an affair. Rosie turns to several glasses of wine only to wake up the next day with a hangover and a pink campervan named Poppy parked outside her home. Throwing her carefully planned life For Rosie, scheduling ahead has always led to good things. She’s got a great job as a sous chef in a Michelin-Starred restaurant, a seemingly great husband, and even plans for children in January 2021. But then she arrives home one day to find her husband with one foot out the door as he admits to carrying on an affair. Rosie turns to several glasses of wine only to wake up the next day with a hangover and a pink campervan named Poppy parked outside her home. Throwing her carefully planned life behind her, Rosie sets off with the idea of a travelling tea shop brewing in her mind. When readers are first introduced to Rosie, she’s a woman completely sure of her worldview. And yet, within a few pages, author Rebecca Raisin lets all of this crumble due to a cheating husband— her family, her job, everything changes. It’s a moment of intense vulnerability, and it’s genius because it gives Rosie so much space to grow as a person. These early scenes are painful, as they should be, but Rosie has determination mingling with her self-doubt, and the tone is always optimistic even at her bleakest moments. Of course, this is mostly because she forces herself into adventure. After some hesitation over driving Poppy, she’s soon living the life as a proprietor of a tea shop on the road. Immediately, she forms a friendship with Aria, a travelling bookshop owner. They’re bond feels real and carries the action from location to location as they grow closer, sometimes needle each other, and share stories over tea. This also helps keep the story grounded, rather than having Rosie jet off from festival to festival alone. Though the locales might change, their bond provides continuity and the foreshadowing of more fun. Raisin most certainly does not skimp on the romance, and it’s perhaps the most compelling component of the book. Rosie initially chats online with Ollie, a photographer, who guides her through the van life. Once she’s up and running, she meets Max, a vegan pacifist, who she finds completely swoon-worthy … even if she won’t admit it. It’s a complicated triangle, and how Raisin eventually ties everything up is completely unexpected and satisfying. For a van life adventure with a perfect ending, check in on Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop. Note: I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Princessofbookaholics

    I was provided with an eARC by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. About: When Rosie's husband leaves her for another woman, giving the excuse that Rosie is not spontaneous at all, she decides to do something unpredictable. She decides to leave her steady job and open up a travelling tea shop. She gets inspired by other Van Lifers who live on the road and this story is a journey of how she completely changes her life. Characters: Rosie was shown as an organized character whose character tr I was provided with an eARC by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. About: When Rosie's husband leaves her for another woman, giving the excuse that Rosie is not spontaneous at all, she decides to do something unpredictable. She decides to leave her steady job and open up a travelling tea shop. She gets inspired by other Van Lifers who live on the road and this story is a journey of how she completely changes her life. Characters: Rosie was shown as an organized character whose character transformation is huge during the story. How she opens up to life and it's challenges on the road. Aria was a fun, eccentric character and I related to her bookworm character. Max was totally swoony. Feelings: This was a light read. Rosie and Max pulling each other's leg was fun to read. Aria's past story made me tear up. I went through a mix of feelings throughout and it was a great read. Recommendation: Yes. If you love travelling and want to read light then this is the book for you. Favourite Quote: Bookworms do that a lot, fall for the hero in their latest read and get terribly down about the fact they're fictional.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    4.5⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved Rebecca Raisin's Little Paris Collection, the stories were full of romance, heart and life lessons. So when I heard about her new book, I knew I had to read it. Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop has just about convinced me to sell up and hit the road, explore what's out there, stop feeling tied down and stop feeling like I'm not being the real me. This isn't a new feeling or thought, but after reading Rosie, part of me wonders if maybe Rebecca Raisin has been reading my mind. As Rosie 4.5⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved Rebecca Raisin's Little Paris Collection, the stories were full of romance, heart and life lessons. So when I heard about her new book, I knew I had to read it. Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop has just about convinced me to sell up and hit the road, explore what's out there, stop feeling tied down and stop feeling like I'm not being the real me. This isn't a new feeling or thought, but after reading Rosie, part of me wonders if maybe Rebecca Raisin has been reading my mind. As Rosie says "It strikes me that we humans build these lives for ourselves that have the tendency to trap us."  Feeling betrayed by her husband, a feeling of being stuck in her life comes to the surface and forces Rosie to reevaluate her life and what she wants from it. It often takes a massive wakeup call to get us to look at where we are and where we are going and Rosie is no exception. Except Rosie, with the help of a bottle or two of wine, buys a fushia pink campervan named 'Poppy'. Without really knowing what she's doing, but with a sense of adventure and trepidation, and a need to try something new, Rosie sets off with a vague plan to find herself, her 'real' self, as well as get away from London and the Restaurant Industry gossip. Rosie's talent is cooking and she decides that tea and comfort food will be her new endeavour. Rosie meets some wonderful people who live their lives travelling from here to there for many reasons, over here in Australia we call them grey nomads, though many young people are starting to take up this lifestyle too, which I completely understand. I actually had no idea the nomadic campervan life was a such big thing in the UK. Its definitely one way to see and experience this big world of ours. The two main characters she meets are Aria an absolutely fabulous young lady who instantly becomes Rosie's friend, and Max, who instantly butts heads with Rosie. These two characters will help Rosie discover who she is, but not without plenty of speedbumps along the way. Max is gorgeous, inside and out and there were times I wanted to shake Rosie due to her bullheadedness and inability to see what was in front of her. These two had some fun moments along the way, as well as some more serious and meaningful moments. I wonder if I took up the nomadic life whether I could meet my own Max? Max however, may have a rival in internet blogger Oliver; now that's a storyline you'll need to read for yourselves. Aria has a bookshop van, a dream I myself have mulled over (maybe I'll revisit that dream), she is so different to Rosie, but in many ways she is the same. They work together so well, I really enjoyed the friendship that formed between them. Aria is a total romantic and her van is full of romance novels, books are her life, just as food is Rosie's. "... and she takes a great big sniff, before she turns to me, her eyes bright as though she’s just discovered the meaning of life. ‘That is the best scent in the world, better than any perfume, any flower. It’s the smell of lives lived, the weight of words…’ ‘ Well, I guess I never quite thought of books that way before.’ Sure, they could transport you to another place, be there for you when no one else was, but I hadn’t quite pictured secondhand books as having lived their own important lives, being ferried from one person to the next, imparting a little magic along the way." I myself have never gotten into the whole book sniffing thing, but I do love the concept of books having lived their own important lives, and they definitely impart magic along the way, just like this book: Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop. Thanks to NetGalley and HQ Digital for a copy in return for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    Oh this was over far too soon, that’s my main thought, actually no, my first thought was I need a Max ! This Is a really lovely pick me up book, pick me up in the sense you don’t want to put it down and also in that it lifts your mood. I loved the characters so much and this is the first book I’ve read by Rebecca Raisin but I will definitely be reading more now. This is a bright ray of sunshine , my only tiny criticism was it felt a bit slow to start but once it got going it was fun ! Thanks to Oh this was over far too soon, that’s my main thought, actually no, my first thought was I need a Max ! This Is a really lovely pick me up book, pick me up in the sense you don’t want to put it down and also in that it lifts your mood. I loved the characters so much and this is the first book I’ve read by Rebecca Raisin but I will definitely be reading more now. This is a bright ray of sunshine , my only tiny criticism was it felt a bit slow to start but once it got going it was fun ! Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karschtl

    I was fascinated by the whole concept of the Van Livers, it sounds quite appealing. At least when you're single and have a job or hobby that lets you earn some money while travelling. It also surprised me how many festivals there are in the UK, it's really one after the other. Unfortunately they don't play a role at all in the book. Rosie only talks about setting up the van at this or that festival site, but that's it. I think there could have been a lot more atmosphere created by elaborating a I was fascinated by the whole concept of the Van Livers, it sounds quite appealing. At least when you're single and have a job or hobby that lets you earn some money while travelling. It also surprised me how many festivals there are in the UK, it's really one after the other. Unfortunately they don't play a role at all in the book. Rosie only talks about setting up the van at this or that festival site, but that's it. I think there could have been a lot more atmosphere created by elaborating a bit on those. But at least Rebecca Raisin captured the daily life of the ppl in the campers very well, although it is probably very romanticised. I guess in reality it is not so easy to get all necessary permits, have everything so organised like Rosie, produce culinary specials in such a tiny kitchen, get all those customers without doing any marketing or find a best friend the minute you join the camper movement. Rosie's story is sweat-natured, even though some things here are also too unrealistic. She was a chef with a Michelin-star, and has been in the business for many years, but after all this time her salary allowed her to save only a couple of thousand so far? Max has been in the US army for 10 years, yet he repeatedly calls himself a pacifist? And this catfishing business was also quite surprising and the reasons for that not really comprehensible for me. But it is a nice comfort read, and the idea with the book-themed tea varieties is great!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Silke

    It starts to feel like I am constantly repeating myself… but I just love books about cafes. So when I read the title Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop I just knew I had to get my hands on this novel. As I have said before I tend to read a lot of feel good stories about tea shops, cafes, bakeries… These stories are like some kind of drug for me. But after reading so many of them you soon discover a traditional pattern and often this ends with “been there, done that”. But oh boy, was I in for a treat wi It starts to feel like I am constantly repeating myself… but I just love books about cafes. So when I read the title Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop I just knew I had to get my hands on this novel. As I have said before I tend to read a lot of feel good stories about tea shops, cafes, bakeries… These stories are like some kind of drug for me. But after reading so many of them you soon discover a traditional pattern and often this ends with “been there, done that”. But oh boy, was I in for a treat with this one! Or course this book is about selling tea and cakes. But it is taken away from the classic setting of a little café by the coast into, for me, the unknown territory of food trucks. And I don’t think I actually do the story justice by calling it food trucks. Because this story is about Vanlife. People who actually travel all the time and life in their van. After a drunken night Rosie discovers she has actually purchased a pink van to travel around the country with. She is shocked and scared, but at the same time brave enough to just go for it. She has nothing to lose, because all she ever cared about is already lost. Like I said this story is about tea and comfort food cooked in a little van. But is so much more. It is about finding yourself, daring yourself to be a different person than you always thought you were. Inventing yourself once again. Discovering how life can be if you dare to step away from safety. It is about friendship in unlikely places and finding love when you least expect it. But and this is a very big but, it is also about dishonesty, the dangers of the internet and being to trustworthy. I loved how the internet community was brought into the story, good and bad. It highlights all the wonderful experiences one can have with people who they meet online. But it also shows that internet is not a safety haven at all. Not everything is what it seems. I loved that there was room in this story for both of these aspects. And I loved it even more that these experiences where incorporated in the story. It made it more than just another feel good story about cakes and love. But of course... there is some love. Isn’t there always. And I really truly enjoyed the blossoming relationship in this book. How can I not, when one of the love interest looks like Jason Mamoa and there is a lot of witty bantering between the characters. Especially because the Khal Drogo look alike is a passionate vegan who is very keen on converting our sugar and butter loving heroine. Apart from that booklovers will absolutely adore this story, especially because literature and novels play such a big part. Rosie’s best friend in the Vanlife scene owns a little van bookshop and they decide to work together to create teas that match with books. I absolutely loved that idea and as a book hoarder and book goodies I was so intrigued to see the ideas both of them came up with. All in all I really loved the whole story and all its little parts. Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop is more then just another book about selling cakes. Its deeper then your average feel good story. It is without any doubt a cosy read, but it offers you more than just a quick, funny story. To stick on topic it is as sweet and satisfying as Rosie’s Cakes, but with a little extra that makes it wholesome, just like what Max might serve you in his van. An absolute must read if you ask me! Thank you netgalley and

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    What do you do when you find someone whose embrace you never want to leave? Right, there you go. YOU READ IT SLOWLY Rebecca Raisin's book had the same effect on me. The story was simple, oft done before, Rosie's husband has an affair, she buys her traveling tea van and wants to get out of London, and off she goes in the van to Brighton at first where she meets Aria or nearly tries to kill her while parking her van. The entire book is a journey of Rosie finding herself and getting her mojo back al What do you do when you find someone whose embrace you never want to leave? Right, there you go. YOU READ IT SLOWLY Rebecca Raisin's book had the same effect on me. The story was simple, oft done before, Rosie's husband has an affair, she buys her traveling tea van and wants to get out of London, and off she goes in the van to Brighton at first where she meets Aria or nearly tries to kill her while parking her van. The entire book is a journey of Rosie finding herself and getting her mojo back along with a little romance or two. The whole book was written beautifully, every line gave me powerful visuals, I loved the quirky characters which form the group the Van Lifer who spent their time traveling in their vans selling their wares. Rosie's cakes and teas had me salivating to try them all, not sure about spotted dick, which is supposed to be a pudding. Ah well, as said before, great visuals these words gave. The only niggle, I had read 90% of the book, yet Rosie kept falling back to her old London ways of fear, not trusting anyone, always wanting to be safe. The past had a firm hold on her. I wanted to see her fly well before the book ended. Overall, a fab read, I loved the book for giving me daydreams, and the book loved me back in its own way. It was warm and soothing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    This has been a sweet easy light read, I loved the idea of starting life afresh by just travelling in a campervan, making new friends, visiting festivals/gigs so as to set up stalls to make some money, but as wonderful as it sounds I'm pretty sure it isn't as easy as that in real life. But despite that I still fell in love with this quirky story, lots of fun & laughs to be had and the characters were a joy to get to know. I knew right from the beginning that there would be more to Ollie than mee This has been a sweet easy light read, I loved the idea of starting life afresh by just travelling in a campervan, making new friends, visiting festivals/gigs so as to set up stalls to make some money, but as wonderful as it sounds I'm pretty sure it isn't as easy as that in real life. But despite that I still fell in love with this quirky story, lots of fun & laughs to be had and the characters were a joy to get to know. I knew right from the beginning that there would be more to Ollie than meets the eye. I loved Rosie's pink campervan, so unique and totally out there, but then I do love all things pink. There were plenty of mention of food/culinary delights throughout from both Rosie & Max, all of which sounded yummy even tbe green smoothie and cashew cheese, certainly different.  My favourite character would have to be Aria, I truly felt for her and what she'd been through and I absolutely adored the sound of her book shop in a van, what could be more perfect than that.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    I loved this book from the first page made me laugh at times and full of friendship love heartbreak and fun while travelling. It's so well written and you just want to keep reading. Rosie has her life totally in plan as she's got a husband and the perfect job as a chef in a top resultant. She comes home to find her husband is leaving her and her life comes tumbling down in front of her. She goes to have a drink to drown her sorry then when she wakes up she finds she has brought a bright pink tra I loved this book from the first page made me laugh at times and full of friendship love heartbreak and fun while travelling. It's so well written and you just want to keep reading. Rosie has her life totally in plan as she's got a husband and the perfect job as a chef in a top resultant. She comes home to find her husband is leaving her and her life comes tumbling down in front of her. She goes to have a drink to drown her sorry then when she wakes up she finds she has brought a bright pink travelling van. She decides to change her life and finish her job and travel round with her van and see the sights but while doing so have her van as a traveling tea shop. She is going to make new friends will she fun love again and will she have fun on her travels.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emily Young

    Well sign me up to live in a van and travel the country PLEASE. After reading this I'm fighting the urge to get rid of all my stuff and live life on the road. This was light and sweet and just what I needed while trapped in social distance-land alone in my apartment. I liked Rosie but I LOVED Aria so I'm pumped that there's a follow up on Aria & her van full of romance books. Also a big fan of Max - he's described as Jason Momoa's vegan yogi twin so like, yes please. I didn't 100% believe that R Well sign me up to live in a van and travel the country PLEASE. After reading this I'm fighting the urge to get rid of all my stuff and live life on the road. This was light and sweet and just what I needed while trapped in social distance-land alone in my apartment. I liked Rosie but I LOVED Aria so I'm pumped that there's a follow up on Aria & her van full of romance books. Also a big fan of Max - he's described as Jason Momoa's vegan yogi twin so like, yes please. I didn't 100% believe that Rosie could be as clueless as she was about, well, the internet in general. She didn't believe that people actually met online? This book came out in 2019 - hello?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    3.5 stars. I was in the mood/looking for a feel-good, light-hearted read. Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop did not disappoint. The main character, Rosie, is a sous chef at a Michelin starred restaurant in London whose husband leaves her after having an affair with a woman at work. Broken hearted, she decides to leave life as she knows it and purchases a pink traveling van, named Poppy, with plans (Rosie is a planner) to turn the van into a pop-up tea shop. And away she goes on her journey of personal 3.5 stars. I was in the mood/looking for a feel-good, light-hearted read. Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop did not disappoint. The main character, Rosie, is a sous chef at a Michelin starred restaurant in London whose husband leaves her after having an affair with a woman at work. Broken hearted, she decides to leave life as she knows it and purchases a pink traveling van, named Poppy, with plans (Rosie is a planner) to turn the van into a pop-up tea shop. And away she goes on her journey of personal growth and finding herself. Along the way, she meets a variety of quirky characters who support and help her in her journey. I listened to the audio version, and the narrator really helped bring the characters and story line to life for me. A delightful story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)

    This is wonderfully funny and original story all about taking chances, grabbing life and just basically coming out of your comfort zone to do something new, something which will set your heart and soul alight with joy. I am ashamed to say this is the first I have read by Rebecca Raisin and it will not be the last, I was instantly enchanted with her easy reading, entertaining and vibrant writing. Rosie is a high achieving chef, hard-working and a perfectionist, who believes she has everything sh This is wonderfully funny and original story all about taking chances, grabbing life and just basically coming out of your comfort zone to do something new, something which will set your heart and soul alight with joy. I am ashamed to say this is the first I have read by Rebecca Raisin and it will not be the last, I was instantly enchanted with her easy reading, entertaining and vibrant writing. Rosie is a high achieving chef, hard-working and a perfectionist, who believes she has everything she could ever want in her life. Great job, she sort of loves. Nice husband, who she doesn’t really see too much of, but when they do it’s OK, but she does love him. So she is left reeling and speechless and lost when her husband tells her in no-uncertain terms that their marriage is over, that he has found someone else – who Rosie soon finds out he has been seeing behind her back, and more than that her whole friends network knew about it. Some friends, best get shot of those! Callum basically blames her for their failed marriage, typical man it’s never his fault that he can’t keep his trousers zipped. Without a backwards glance the rat leaves, leaving Rosie devastated not just at the end of what she had always thought was a happy marriage, but also hugely upset over what her soon to be ex-husband said about her. She is staid, a bit set in her ways, predictable and not very adventurous. It is those and other harsh words that lead her to one night after a few too many drinks, she buys a pink camper van called; Poppy and has a whole plan to go on the road selling tea. All very good when you’re full to the brim with wine, but really? Is that even do-able? As it goes; yes, it is. And so, with Rosie takes the plunge, one thing leads to another and she is on the road with Poppy. Which is where the fun and romance really starts, she meets up with some brilliant people, some which are a little eclectic, individual and who have real good hearts especially her new friend and owner of the travelling book shop – really these two are a match made in heaven, tea and books; how perfect is that? Plus she meets someone who she allows herself to have feelings for again, yes there is a wee bit of a romance in-store for Rosie and yes the man she finally ends up with is utterly delectable, but her journey of self discovery isn’t exactly all is as it seems. I can’t say too much as I never like to give away spoilers and I wouldn’t wish to spoiler your reading, but there is a bit of a sinister twist. It is one of those sub plots which really make you think about who you begin chatting to and exactly how much you should share about yourself to others – especially those you meet online. I thoroughly enjoyed this, it is in all essence a great romantic comedy. But the difference with this to other’s I have read in this genre is that the author has tackled some pretty taboo subject’s which are more or less unheard of in romance books, such as being victim of a catfish – you need to read the book to find out what all that’s about. This is a fast paced, funny, romantic, heart-warming and realistic book that will have you not only laughing out loud but glued to the page. I loved the character’s, Rosie is a lovely young woman who the reader can really relate to. The writing is fresh, charming, engaging and very enjoyable.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    As soon as I saw this cover and then read the synopsis I knew I needed to read this book. After being dumped by her husband on her birthday, Rosie makes the best drunk purchase ever… well in my opinion she did. A bright pink camper van!!! Awesome!!! It made me want to break out the wine and see what I could drunk purchase, though I’d probably end up with a packet of out of date cereal! I have to say this book was absolutely brilliant. Rosie is a driven career woman with her life planned out. She As soon as I saw this cover and then read the synopsis I knew I needed to read this book. After being dumped by her husband on her birthday, Rosie makes the best drunk purchase ever… well in my opinion she did. A bright pink camper van!!! Awesome!!! It made me want to break out the wine and see what I could drunk purchase, though I’d probably end up with a packet of out of date cereal! I have to say this book was absolutely brilliant. Rosie is a driven career woman with her life planned out. She does have a bit of an O.C.D thing going on with her planning, routines, cleanliness, order and everything being in it’s place. Not a bad thing at all, but it leaves little flexibility in her hectic scheduled up to the eyeballs life. The arrival of the pink camper van was something that completely went against the grain, it makes her stop in her tracks and think about her life, what she wants and, what she wants others to see in her. The author took me on a road trip of festivals, with mouth watering food, drinks and fabulous company. Rosie is having to adapt to living day to day, going with the flow, rather than the planned out one she was originally aiming for. With her career in catering, the obvious choice for Rosie’s van is… yep a Travelling Tea Shop. Specially hand blended teas and an assortment of foods that are food for the soul rather than the high end cuisine she has left behind her. Along the way she finds the perfect travelling companion, they make a amazing combination with Aria, a contrast in many ways to Rosie, but this combination both in personalities and also in how the vans compliment each other is great. I also want to mention Max, the authors description of him…mmmmmmm… there are a few other characters that add there part to this story and help keep the story flowing as the travelers take the vans on tour. In case you had not realised, I loved this book a huge amount. For me it was just the perfect book for lifting the spirits and it was so easy to forget about the world while I sat and read it in an afternoon. I would love to see a follow up for this book. Ideal for readers who are after a light, feel-good book that has a really enjoyable story and it is one I would Absolutely Recommend 🙂 This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I am pleased to see there are several books already published… bookworm happy dance… although I do have a couple that I bought a while ago that are sat on my kindle .

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tea Leaves and Reads

    If you're just about ready for a dose of sunshine and a splash of blue skies then this is the book for you! Tea, Cake and new friendships - the perfect ingredients for a Spring read. I have followed Rebecca Raisin as an author for a long time and have books on my 'to read' list but this is the first book that I have actually read - not a moment too soon I will be delving into the rest soon!! Huge thanks to Rebecca for an advanced copy (and her publishers). I absolutely devoured this in just a fe If you're just about ready for a dose of sunshine and a splash of blue skies then this is the book for you! Tea, Cake and new friendships - the perfect ingredients for a Spring read. I have followed Rebecca Raisin as an author for a long time and have books on my 'to read' list but this is the first book that I have actually read - not a moment too soon I will be delving into the rest soon!! Huge thanks to Rebecca for an advanced copy (and her publishers). I absolutely devoured this in just a few days. Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly, believe in true, once in a lifetime love. So let's hear more about the book... Rosie Lewis has her life together. A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021. That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he's had an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, only to discover the following morning that she has spontaneously invested in a bright pink campervan to facilitate her grand plans to travel the country. Now, Rosie is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, and the chance to change her life! With Poppy, her new-found travelling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…? A laugh-out-loud novel of love, friendship and adventure! Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin. There are so many great books out there that focus on a female protagonist who heads off to 'go it alone' and opens a cafe, or a bookshop, or something else in a fixed location (usually Cornwall). But not Rosie. She TRAVELS the UK! I love that about this book - so many different festivals, settings and characters along the way. A bit of romance, some strong friendships, some great feel good moments - this book has all the best ingredients and unique-ness along the way as well. I love a book that clearly has had the main topics researched (or else has a very knowledgeable author!) This one was a new topic for me - instead of cafe's - VANLIFE! Also the internet community was well and truly brought into the story - the good and the bad. There were some great underlying messages throughout the whole book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)

    I felt an instant affinity with Rosie. She has her issues, but don’t we all *snorts* *gives you the side-eye* Don’t even go there with me - we all know my issues have issues... I can’t imagine the pain and heartbreak Rosie must have felt to realise that her husband, the man she’d made all these plans with (okay, so who knows how much input he actually had *giggles*), was leaving her, and for another woman no less. Rat-bleep-da-bleep! Spontaneity? I’ll give you spontaneity! As someone who, on at leas I felt an instant affinity with Rosie. She has her issues, but don’t we all *snorts* *gives you the side-eye* Don’t even go there with me - we all know my issues have issues... I can’t imagine the pain and heartbreak Rosie must have felt to realise that her husband, the man she’d made all these plans with (okay, so who knows how much input he actually had *giggles*), was leaving her, and for another woman no less. Rat-bleep-da-bleep! Spontaneity? I’ll give you spontaneity! As someone who, on at least a monthly basis, says that she’s jacking it all in to sell up and hit the road in a camper van - I could totally relate to Rosie’s need to escape and start anew. But the more I think about it *taps chin*, a 40-year-old singleton with a mother and three cats in tow, isn’t the most appealing of circumstances in a confined space *snorts* Sorry, I digress (as usual) ... Adventure awaits! Well, if Rosie can put on her big girl panties and take a leap of faith that is. Rosie + Poppy (aka the bright fuchsia pink camper van) = A voyage of discovery. Following the festival route, Rosie meets a host of wonderful and colourful, eclectic characters who change her life. Who knew that the worst of times could turn into the best of times! Friendships are cemented and a slow-burn romance with a Jason Momoa lookalike ensues. Yup, you read that correctly *winks* I must confess, I’d have read this book just for Max. I know, I know - I have no shame *hangs head* I laughed so much reading this book. Especially at Rosie’s propensity for vocalising her inner thoughts. *sings* Awkward, but very funny. There were a few standout moments in Rosie’s story that really got to me emotionally. Yeah, I know I’m a sap *blushes* One such moment which caused a huge old lump in my throat (maybe it’s because of the everything that’s happened to me this last year) was when Rosie has an epiphany: “The real gift, as I’m coming to learn, is the people in your life, the friendships you nurture, the people you give your heart to...” Books take you on a journey, and if you come away with the warm and fuzzies then you can’t ask for more than that. RTTS is a delightful, feel-good romcom which will leave you with a smile on your face.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Miss Pitsillis

    This would be classed as a 'chick-lit' story - a woman gets dumped by her boyfriend, decides to quit her job and start a travelling tea shop. Cue meeting new people, travelling around England and lots of baking. This was a really easy read and I find it quite enjoyable as it was so light-hearted. Not a very deep and meaningful story but if you're looking for something quick and easy then look no further!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    MY REVIEW ‘The real gift, as I’m coming to learn, is the people in your life, the friendships you nurture, the people you give your heart to. That can’t be bought.’ Rosie is heartbroken, her husband tells her it’s over, on her birthday of all days. In a drunken state she purchases ‘Poppy’ a fuchsia pink camper van with a half formed idea of roaming the countryside, selling tea and cake. However, this is exactly what she does and Rebecca Raisin’s wonderfully descriptive writing makes me wish I could MY REVIEW ‘The real gift, as I’m coming to learn, is the people in your life, the friendships you nurture, the people you give your heart to. That can’t be bought.’ Rosie is heartbroken, her husband tells her it’s over, on her birthday of all days. In a drunken state she purchases ‘Poppy’ a fuchsia pink camper van with a half formed idea of roaming the countryside, selling tea and cake. However, this is exactly what she does and Rebecca Raisin’s wonderfully descriptive writing makes me wish I could join Rosie at her Travelling Tea Shop and drink one of her rose tea blends and eat cake. She meets the marvellous Aria and makes a real friend, a book worm and fellow Van Lifer. There is the mysterious Ollie, the online ‘friend’ who could be a romance as he seems to know Rosie so well, a soulmate?? Then there is Max, the Jason Momoa lookalike, a tattooed vegan Adonis with a heart of gold.....or is he a player? There are tears, fears and after 6 espresso martinis, a bit of mud wrestling in this wonderfully, bright, sparkling, witty romance. I loved every minute and can thoroughly recommend it. I would like to thank the Rebecca Raisin, the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review #RosiesTravellingTeaShop #NetGalley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Rosie's husband dumps her, on her birthday, and her well-planned future goes down the drain. She decides to leave London behind, get a camper van and open a travelling tea shop, driving from festival to festival. First off, I didn't like Rosie. She didn't come across as the strong woman that made it to sous-chef, rather as very insecure. Some of the story seemed a little far fetched for me, I expected more romance, and didn't really believe in the planner turned pantser plot. Good book for anyone Rosie's husband dumps her, on her birthday, and her well-planned future goes down the drain. She decides to leave London behind, get a camper van and open a travelling tea shop, driving from festival to festival. First off, I didn't like Rosie. She didn't come across as the strong woman that made it to sous-chef, rather as very insecure. Some of the story seemed a little far fetched for me, I expected more romance, and didn't really believe in the planner turned pantser plot. Good book for anyone looking for a quick read by the beach. Not good for anyone who, like me, can't turn their minds off and notices the things that seem to be too good/smooth to be true.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    3.5 Stars Fast read, sweet little romance, love the idea of a traveling tea shop!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexia Moon

    Update 22/03: Bought the paperback version and re-read. Loved it even more than the first time and changed the rating to 5 stars. [I was given an ARC for an honest review] I loved this book!! I'm in a Chick-Lit kinda mood, I want those cheesy and romantic and cute books, about finding yourself and ending up finding love as well (don't judge me!) and this book was a hit! It's a very light reading and it reads super fast but it's SO good! (view spoiler)[I loved the van, the festivals and the entire Update 22/03: Bought the paperback version and re-read. Loved it even more than the first time and changed the rating to 5 stars. [I was given an ARC for an honest review] I loved this book!! I'm in a Chick-Lit kinda mood, I want those cheesy and romantic and cute books, about finding yourself and ending up finding love as well (don't judge me!) and this book was a hit! It's a very light reading and it reads super fast but it's SO good! (view spoiler)[I loved the van, the festivals and the entire mood of the book with the foods, teas, books, travelling and going with the flow of life and flow of change. It was really really nice. And Max, I liked him from the beginning and I was a bit suspicious of Ollie, like... how probable is finding someone JUST like you online? Hm? Seemed weird and ended up being WEIRD. I think that scene could have been a bit longer, but still, I loved it! (hide spoiler)] My favourite parts where the setting and the mood of the book, hands down. I could feel like I was there among the scents of the foods and teas, among the books and looking at the van-life and nature around them. It's a very captivating book and it's really immersive, at least it was for me! I definitely recommend it to anyone who's looking for a cute, light reading with a delicious, romantic and adventurous plot!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    “Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop” by Rebecca Raisin is a lovely, light read. When you have just discovered that you have a husband who is a cheat, what a wonderful way to start life over by going travelling in a camper-van. I thought it was great that Rosie made herself some new friends along the way, as well as earning some money at music and food festivals. I delighted in this quirky, fun story. There were many laugh-out-loud moments and it was wonderful getting to meet all of the characters, altho “Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop” by Rebecca Raisin is a lovely, light read. When you have just discovered that you have a husband who is a cheat, what a wonderful way to start life over by going travelling in a camper-van. I thought it was great that Rosie made herself some new friends along the way, as well as earning some money at music and food festivals. I delighted in this quirky, fun story. There were many laugh-out-loud moments and it was wonderful getting to meet all of the characters, although I did not particularly have a favourite. I especially loved the idea of owning a pink camper-van like Rosie’s, and a fuchsia pink one at that - so unique and off-the-wall. Also worth a mention are some of the references to delicious culinary delights such as the spotted dick, and the Turkish delight butter-cream cupcakes or some of the more suspect ones like the wheat-grass smoothie or the Dijon tofu. This fantastic book has left me keen to go touring and travelling and I strongly recommend giving this wonderfully uplifting romantic story a whirl! {Thank you to #NetGalley and HQ Digital for the free copy of #RosiesTravellingTeaShop and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review.}

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This was a very cute, light, predictable read! When Rosie is blindsided by her husband's affair and request for a divorce, she makes some alcohol-influenced choices and finds herself the owner of a traveling pop-up shop. Quickly she finds herself immersed in a community of wanderers and of course torn between 2 love interests with her teas and treats her only means of support. I was a tad disappointed to not find a few recipes at the back of the book as some of her offers had my mouth watering. This was a very cute, light, predictable read! When Rosie is blindsided by her husband's affair and request for a divorce, she makes some alcohol-influenced choices and finds herself the owner of a traveling pop-up shop. Quickly she finds herself immersed in a community of wanderers and of course torn between 2 love interests with her teas and treats her only means of support. I was a tad disappointed to not find a few recipes at the back of the book as some of her offers had my mouth watering. This book would be the perfect little escape coupled with a cup of tea on a cold afternoon. A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and HQ Digital in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    ‘The bookworms are utterly lovely. They cuddle their books like newborn babies, chat for hours over tea and cake about their favourite writers, cliff hangers, preferred chapter length, eBooks versus paperbacks and the like! In a way I wish I could have poured my own pot of tea and sat with them like Aria did. You have to envy her sometimes. It’s a great way to live life.’ Bookworms beware! As soon as I saw this and read the blurb, I knew I needed to read this book! Sometimes you need some light e ‘The bookworms are utterly lovely. They cuddle their books like newborn babies, chat for hours over tea and cake about their favourite writers, cliff hangers, preferred chapter length, eBooks versus paperbacks and the like! In a way I wish I could have poured my own pot of tea and sat with them like Aria did. You have to envy her sometimes. It’s a great way to live life.’ Bookworms beware! As soon as I saw this and read the blurb, I knew I needed to read this book! Sometimes you need some light escapism for lifting one’s mood, and this is one of those books that came to me at the right time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from start to finish. There is just so much to love about this story .... with some really compelling life lessons included. I really appreciated Rosie’s story, both the literal and figurative journey she was on. In fact, there were quite an assortment of characters on this wonderful trip across the UK - what a great way to travel! I totally lost myself to van life and felt like I was at one of the festivals where Rosie and Aria have set up. I want a van! ‘A busy day ahead doing this. I grin, imagining him in some rural hamlet, a pot of steaming hot tea at the ready, a new novel to sink into and nothing else to do all day besides enjoy the solitude.’ Rebecca Raisin’s writing has a wonderful warm feel to it, both in terms of people and place. The people are engaging and the places .... well you just wish you were there - pink van included! Then there is the food and tea! Don’t get me started! You will adore Aria’s van, you will love the combination of tea and books, especially Rosie and Aria’s attempt to match a brew to a title! I could really do with a cup of ‘Sense and Sensibility’ right about now! ‘She goes to the first shelf, pulls down a once cobalt blue hardback, its cover now ravaged and faded with time-and she takes a great big sniff, before she turns to me,her eyes bright as though she’s just discovered the meaning of life. “That is the best scent in the world, better than any perfume, any flower. It’s the smell of lives lived.” Delve a bit deeper and this book is about life, love and friendship and how it can be found in the most unlikely of places. It’s all about finding yourself and daring to break out of the humdrum daily existence to try something new and exciting. Could you reinvent yourself? Live nomadically from venture to venture? Who wouldn’t love to try a summer of festivals in a camper! ‘With a long sigh she says, “I felt like there was no sunshine anymore, you know? Like I was trudging through interminable darkness. Have you ever considered why you’re here, Rosie? Like right here, right now? This moment.” This wonderful cosy read just resonated with me so much! With copious amounts of tea, books and a trip to the countryside ... what is there not to love? “Sometimes I feel like I’ve lived a thousand lives already,” he laughs. “And one thing I’ve learned is there is no right way to walk this earth, and we can only learn from those in our lives, take whatever lesson we can from it and keep going.” This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    As soon as I saw this cover and then read the synopsis I knew I needed to read this book. After being dumped by her husband on her birthday, Rosie makes the best-drunk purchase ever… well in my opinion she did. A bright pink camper van!!! Awesome!!! It made me want to break out the wine and see what I could drunk purchase, though I’d probably end up with a packet of out of date cereal! I have to say this book was absolutely brilliant. Rosie is a driven career woman with her life planned out. She As soon as I saw this cover and then read the synopsis I knew I needed to read this book. After being dumped by her husband on her birthday, Rosie makes the best-drunk purchase ever… well in my opinion she did. A bright pink camper van!!! Awesome!!! It made me want to break out the wine and see what I could drunk purchase, though I’d probably end up with a packet of out of date cereal! I have to say this book was absolutely brilliant. Rosie is a driven career woman with her life planned out. She does have a bit of an O.C.D thing going on with her planning, routines, cleanliness, order and everything being in its place. Not a bad thing at all, but it leaves little flexibility in her hectic scheduled up to the eyeballs life. The arrival of the pink camper van was something that completely went against the grain, it makes her stop in her tracks and think about her life, what she wants and, what she wants others to see in her. The author took me on a road trip of festivals, with mouth-watering food, drinks, and fabulous company. Rosie is having to adapt to living day to day, going with the flow, rather than the planned out one she was originally aiming for. With her career in catering, the obvious choice for Rosie’s van is… yep, a Travelling Tea Shop. Specially hand-blended teas and an assortment of foods that are food for the soul rather than the high-end cuisine she has left behind her. Along the way she finds the perfect traveling companion, they make an amazing combination with Aria, a contrast in many ways to Rosie, but this combination both in personalities and also in how the vans compliment each other is great. I also want to mention Max, the author's description of him…mmmmmmm… there are a few other characters that add their part to this story and help keep the story flowing as the travelers take the vans on tour. In case you had not realised, I loved this book a huge amount. For me, it was just the perfect book for lifting the spirits and it was so easy to forget about the world while I sat and read it in an afternoon. I would love to see a follow up for this book. Ideal for readers who are after a light, feel-good book that has a really enjoyable story and it is one I would Absolutely Recommend.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mahala

    I'm going to be honest with you, I would never have chosen this book on my own. But it's what my book club voted on, so I gave it a shot. The premise of the story is that Rosie is a Michelin chef whose husband is having an affair and wants a divorce. So Rosie decides she needs to get out of the city and drunkenly purchases a pink bus to open a traveling tea shop in. Adventures ensue. Pros: It was a sweet book, I'll give it that. It's cutesy and a quick read. Rosie is a sweet character but seemed I'm going to be honest with you, I would never have chosen this book on my own. But it's what my book club voted on, so I gave it a shot. The premise of the story is that Rosie is a Michelin chef whose husband is having an affair and wants a divorce. So Rosie decides she needs to get out of the city and drunkenly purchases a pink bus to open a traveling tea shop in. Adventures ensue. Pros: It was a sweet book, I'll give it that. It's cutesy and a quick read. Rosie is a sweet character but seemed a bit all over the map. My favorite character was Aria. I don't know what to say about her without giving anything away, but she's the only character that didn't seem just totally surface. That's about it for pros, tbh. Cons: The intro seemed a bit rushed to me as I was reading it. When Rosie finds out about the affair almost immediately, the scene is literally only about a page long and the divorce is being processed. Years of marriage settled into divorce in a few sentences? It seemed to me that the author just wanted to get to the main plot and wrap up the backstory as quickly as possible. But it was so quick it was just totally unbelievable. Max. Max is a fellow "van-lifer" who sells vegan sugar free foods. There's nothing wrong with that. But he's constantly degrading Rosie for her choice to make, eat, and sell comfort foods. He's always trying to get her to change who she is and become vegan despite her protests against it. It's too much. He's made out to be the PERFECT man, physically fit, kind, healthy, adventurous, talented, etc. The list goes on forever. This man is the most one dimensional character I've ever seen, he has NO flaws whatsoever. He drives me crazy because he is the most vanilla character ever written. The fact that Rosie is pushing herself and being pushed by others to start a new relationship before her divorce is even finalized. I thought this book was going to be about Rosie starting a new life and figuring out who she is and making friends, etc. Instead, it's a "love story" with no real emotion. It's got a love triangle and enemies to friends. Need I say more? Anyway, the ending is YIKES and I won't say more lest I spoil it for any poor soul wanting to read it. Would I recommend? No, this is so very vanilla and forgettable. It's cute, but you could read literally anything else and remember it more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin is a delightfully fun contemporary read that will warm your heart and soul. It will make you laugh and it will leave you smiling. Rebecca Raisin has created a wonderful set of eclectic characters – an obsessive at cleaning chef, a broken hearted bibliophile and a big burly tattooed vegan – together they travel the length and breadth of Britain in their respective camper vans. They go to various festivals, delighting the reader. Along the way they meet Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin is a delightfully fun contemporary read that will warm your heart and soul. It will make you laugh and it will leave you smiling. Rebecca Raisin has created a wonderful set of eclectic characters – an obsessive at cleaning chef, a broken hearted bibliophile and a big burly tattooed vegan – together they travel the length and breadth of Britain in their respective camper vans. They go to various festivals, delighting the reader. Along the way they meet others who are equally entertaining. The reader does not so much read this book as ‘travel’ through it, sampling the sights and sounds along the way. The book is about discovering our true identity. “Who will I be, if I’m not a sous-chef … I feel anchorless.” Our identity goes far deeper than our jobs. We need to discover who we are and who we were created to be. Having reached rock bottom, life changing decisions are made that will reveal the true identity of characters. Life has previously squashed the life out of them. Now it is a journey of discovery, literally and spiritually. We are all hiding something. When grief becomes a part of who we are, we may need help and friendships to help us to re-join life. “We must put one foot in front of the other until the pain subsides and the sun comes out.” The novel explores true friendship and companionship. People bond together over books and food. “Books and tea are a match made in heaven.” Characters help each other out, asking for nothing in return. They live side by side, lending helping hands where they can. Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop was such a fun read. I laughed and I cried, and I laughed until I cried! The characters lodged in my heart. It does not feel so much like the end of the book, more like a goodbye to dear friends. A totally wonderful feel-good read that will light up your life for a few hours. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

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