Hello my friend. I hope that you are both happy and healthy today.
Today’s book review is for The Little Tea Shop in Tokyo by Julie Caplin. Below you will find my personal review and star rating.
First up though, the description from the publisher.
*Disclaimer – I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Grab your passport and escape to a land of dazzling skycrapers, steaming bowls of comforting noodles, and a page-turning love story that will make you swoon!
For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses paid trip, it looks like her dreams are coming true.
Until she arrives in vibrant, bustling Tokyo and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago, gorgeous photographer Gabe.
Fiona can’t help but remember the heartache of their last meeting but amidst the temples and clouds of soft pink cherry blossoms, can Fiona and Gabe start to see life – and each other – differently?
My Review :
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not one to experience wanderlust very often, if ever. Reading this book though has got me rethinking that.
The Japanese culture expressed in this book was so immersive that I instantly wanted to be a part of it.
Not only that, but our main characters, Fiona and Gabe, are so much fun to get to know.
From overbearing mothers, to not so lost lovers, this story is a mix of all emotions. Watching it all tie up in the end is beautiful to witness.
I’m a coffee drinker only – and the stronger the better – but hearing of the love and tradition surrounding the tea ceremonies and shops in Japan has opened my heart to be a little more adventurous.
I loved this book so much. The story told was kind of predictable, but that made it comforting to me, because I could really get deep into it and connect on an emotional level. (Not to mention that it made me desperately hungry to try some authentic Japanese food.)
A big part of this book that stayed with me is how we can let the words of others affect us so much way long after they were said. That was so relatable here – it often takes seeing ourselves from the eyes of someone who truly loves us to see our real selves, and not the distorted one we’ve created in the mirror.
Fiona, Gabe, Haruka, Setsuko, Mayu, and even Yumi were the perfect ingredients for a great book.