Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Tea for Two - 2nd in the Tea Shop series
Author: Trish Perry
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Release Date: April 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day, Middleburg Virginia
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/None
Violent Content Rating: None
Trish's Website/Blog: www.trishperry.com
Zack Cooper is an extremely handsome man who runs his own farm where fruits and vegetables are harvested and sold to various restaurants and businesses all over town. One of his very favorite customers are the British ladies who run Millicent’s Tea Shop, where he delivers many cases of produce to Milly and Jane - the women who truly offer him a friendly ear and an understanding smile every time he sees them.
Zack is one of those impossibly perfect men whose wife left him and their two children behind to explore a different life, and Zack is doing his best to try and raise his son and daughter and give them a good life.
A divorce is a seriously hard thing for teens to go through, and soon Zack receives a phone call from his son and rushes to the police station, while his daughter rebels and lies to her father about staying the night at her friend's house while going to a party and driving a car even though she has yet to get her learner’s permit. Zack struggles every day trying to save his two kids from the heavier, more frightening side of life and soon realizes that he's in way over his head and needs some help.
Tina is a young woman in town who works as a psychologist trying to help others through the hard times of their lives. One of her favorite group-therapy sessions include hysterical women who get together at Milly’s tea shop every week, and sit and eat some of the most amazing breakfast scones, cookies, and all kinds of scrumptious deserts that Milly bakes. One morning, Tina runs smack dab into Zack as he’s unloading his produce, and stares into the eyes of one of the most beautiful men she’s ever met. Soon, a friendship is formed between the two, as Zack begs Tina to meet his kids and try to help them converse about the mother who left them behind. With Milly's desire to see Zack happy, she sets up her two favorite customers so that they can each find in each other the love and happiness they're both living without.
As time moves forward, Tina and Zack find themselves turning away from their professional therapy-driven relationship, to a more romantic one, as these two lonely people find themselves falling in love, and creating a brand new future.
This is a wonderful book with humorous characters and great moments that show the respect and love that a broken family has for each other, and teaches readers that life isn't over after divorce - it's just an opportunity to move away from the past and concentrate on a world that offers friendship and so much more. Enjoy!
Until next time,
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