TLC Tours Presents: The Color of Tea Review and Giveaway

The Color of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliff

Release date: 2012 / 336 pages

Synopsis(from Amazon): Macau: the bulbous nose of China, a peninsula and two islands strung together like a three-bead necklace.  It was time to find a life for myself.  To make something out of nothing.  The end of hope and the beginning of it too.

After moving with her husband to the tiny, bustling island of Macau, Grace Miller finds herself a stranger in a foreign land–a lone redhead towering above the crowd on the busy Chinese streets.  As she is forced to confront the devastating news of her infertility, Grace’s marriage is fraying and her dreams of a family have been shattered.  She resolves to do something bold, something her impetuous mother would do, and she turns to what she loves: baking and the pleasure of afternoon tea.

Review:  The title of The Color of Tea is what initially encouraged me to accept this novel for review, despite a busy stretch of summer.  The significance of the title is not clear until nearly the end, but is a lovely image of dreams realized and is worth waiting for.  The Color of Tea is a lovely novel about the power of perseverance, forgiveness and redemption.

The plot follows the path of Grace and her husband, who have travelled from Australia to Macau for business and are mourning their infertility.  As they struggle to recover from this disappointment, they begin to grow apart – each creating separate lives in an attempt to alleviate their pain.  Josh buries himself in work as Grace creates a French café that specializes in macarons: a sweet meringue-based confectionery often filled with grenache, buttercream or jam.  Each chapter begins with a significant word as well as a description of a type of macaron.  For example, chapter one opens with “L’Arrivee — Arrival: Sweet and Smoky Caramel with Salted Buttery Cream Filling.  As you can imagine just from this chapter title, the imagery of this novel is luminous at times and should not be read on an empty stomach. 🙂

I most enjoyed Grace’s journey to create her own business and loved getting to know her regular customers and waitstaff.  I could predict the conclusion of the story fairly early on – but this is not a weakness of the novel, since this is what every reader would hope for.

I think any reader who enjoys hero(ine)’s journeys, character-driven fiction, relationship stories, travel fiction or satisfying narratives with happy endings would enjoy The Color of Tea.  My one recommenadion would have been to include recipes for the macarons, too.  Otherwise, this was a pleasant way to spend two airplane rides.

Interested in winning a copy? Leave me a comment below and I will choose a winner soon!

Check out the other stops on this tour, too:

Monday, July 9th:  Book Club Classics!

Tuesday, July 10th:  BookNAround
Wednesday, July 11th:  girlichef
Monday, July 16th:  Book Addiction
Thursday, July 19th:  Twisting the Lens
Monday, July 23rd:  Regular Rumination
Wednesday, July 25th:  Stiletto Storytime
Monday, July 30th:  A Bookish Affair
Thursday, August 2nd:  Suko’s Notebeook
Friday, August 3rd:  Raging Bibliomania
Monday, August 6th:  Savvy Verse and Wit
Thursday, August 9th:  Southern Girl Reads
Tuesday, August 14th:  The Written World
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20 Responses to TLC Tours Presents: The Color of Tea Review and Giveaway

  1. Laura Kay says:

    I saw the cover of The Color of Tea and love it, after reading your review I want to read it. I’m already hoping it ends on a positive note, lol.

    Laura Kay

  2. Diane says:

    This sounds like a wonderful read. Loved the review and the colorful cover of the book. Would love to read this. Thank you

  3. Gerri says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book! I love to read anything that is set in Asia. This is definitely on my “must read” list. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Anita Yancey says:

    Sounds like an interesting book. I like that it is set in Asia, and I love the cover. Thanks for having the giveaway

  5. Margie says:

    Book sounds fascinating. I always enjoy stories set in other cultures. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. pearl says:

    This fascinating novel sounds compelling and special. Many thanks.

  7. diane says:

    An interesting and memorable story. Thanks for this chance.

  8. Stephanie D says:

    Sounds very interesting, and I too like the cover. Would love to win it. (In addition, I just finished The Language of Flowers, so The Color of Tea seems to be a good next book, based on the title alone)

  9. Carol Wong says:

    The macaroons sound delicious. Would love to snack on them. I have been to China but never to Macau. I love character and relationship driven books so this one is just the ticket for me!

  10. ellie says:

    This story is captivating. Thanks.

  11. Debbie says:

    What a great review! Very anxious to read this book. Definitely on my “to read” list…which is growing due to your great reviews. Thanks for the reviews and giveaways!

  12. I liked this one a lot, too! For some reason I really connected to the character of Gigi specifically, although I liked all of the characters. I agree about the recipes – they definitely should have been in there!

  13. nan says:

    Sounds like my kind of book…and I’d love to see the recipes. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Marie Mullarkey says:

    This book sounds delicious and I’m starving for a good read.

  15. Gemma Grainger says:

    This sounds like an involving read. Would love to win a copy!

  16. mamabunny13 says:

    I love the sound of this one and would love to read it. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  17. Oh yes, definitely do NOT read this book on an empty stomach. 🙂

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  18. Melanie says:

    Sounds like a great book, and it has such a lovely cover. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Peg Sperli says:

    Hi Kristen, Thank you & maybe a helper or two for answering my questions in the past. Our Book Club has been trying to read about other countries & this one sounds good per your review. Thanks, Peg

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