So this weeks book is part of a novella series called The Teacup Novellas.
Each book in the series is inspired by a particular china teacup.
One of my favorite literary concepts is a story within a story. To me it’s like getting two stories for the price of one! I guess it’s the bargain shopper in me.
In the prologue of this novella, Tea with Emma, you meet Lucy. She is a writer who has writers block and stuck on what to write about next. In her irritation with herself, she is interrupted by her very cute UPS delivery guy. In the package is a collection of teacups. The collection that belonged to her late Aunt Lucille.
As she takes out the different cups they start inspiring different stories or in writers speak, the cups start talking to her.
The story then turns over to an airplane scene where two girls, Maddie Cooper and Elaine “Lanie” Morgan, are flying home from London after taking a Jane Austen Tour. On the plane ride home they run into a very surly Englishman, Dr. Ian Grant.
Of course in literary tradition you can’t have a truly great story unless the two love interests happen to be in close proximity to each other. So after a comical scene at the Austin, TX. airport Dr. Grant, who is a visiting college professor, is staying in a house across the street from Maddie Cooper and her grandmother.
I don’t want to go too much further into the story because I want you to read it for yourself. However if there are any Jane Austen fans out there, I fully believe that you will enjoy this lovely short story.
Will Maddie and Ian get together? Will something come between Lanie and Maddie to break up their friendship? Why is Ian such a grouch? and why is this story called Tea with Emma when none of the main characters are named Emma?
I guess you’ll have to read the book yourself and find out.
3.5 out of 5
I’ve re-read it a few times. Being an Austen fan, I love that it mirrors the Emma story line.
3 out of 5
Not a lot of physical display until a few kisses at the end but, there is a lot of wit and charm that I like.