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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Tea and Primroses by Tess Thompson

Publisher: Booktrope
Series: Legley Bay Collection
Format Read: e-book
Source: from publisher in exchange for honest review
Release Date: February 16, 2014
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Blurb from goodreads:

Nothing is as it seemed in calm, quaint Legley Bay.

Famous novelist Constance Mansfield lived a seemingly straightforward – if private – and somewhat predictable life. Friends, beloved daughter Sutton, a beautiful home, and all the success an author could wish for. A perfect life….but was it?

When a hit and run accident suddenly takes her mother’s life, Sutton finds hidden secrets with her heartbreak. Emotional walls she assumed Constance had built to protect her privacy may have been to protect something – or someone – else entirely. Family and friends return home for support, including her own lost-love, Declan. He’s the first thing she craves to help her cope with her loss and the questions she’s left with, but he’s also the last person she wants to see. Will he be able to put down roots at last?

Can the loss of true love be the making of a life, or is it destined to be the undoing of everything? When money, power and love combine across time, anything is possible.

Jax's Thoughts:

I'm not sure which genre this book belongs in. It's certainly got the whodunit. And two of the most bittersweet love stories you could read. However, this book sort of transcends both mystery and romance.
In the present, we watch Sutton and Declan's love heal and prepare for a wonderful future, but it's wonderfully mixed with the story of Constance's past, a tale of love lost. Along the way, Sutton gets to really meet her parents, to fully appreciate the love of a mother. It's like the two love stories are really just the vehicle to show the connection between Sutton and Constance.

There is something so beautifully delicate about this story, and yet it's so powerful.

I've not read any other books by Tess Thompson, but I'm going to put them on the TBR pile. This is actually the second book in the series, the first is titled "Caramel and Magnolias." It certainly stood on it's own, but if the quality of the first book is even half of this one, I can't wait to get my hands on it. Enter below to get a chance for a copy yourself!


Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2011 she released her first novel, Riversong, which subsequently became a best seller.
Like her main character in the River Valley collection, Tess is from a small town in Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella, and their puppy Patches. She is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.
Tess is working on her next novel and regularly blogs about her journey as a mother, author and friend at



Tess will be awarding an eBook copy of Tea and Primroses and Caramel and Magnolias (the first book in the Legley Bay series) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Follow the tour! The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: 
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  1. The cover is amazing and the title already intrigues my curiosity for the book. Can't wait to read it.

  2. Thank you for the chance to win

  3. I love the titles of the two books. They really intrigue me. Great choices.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  4. I would love to read these books—thanks for the opportunity to win them!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  5. I love your description of the book transcending both mystery and romance, and you certainly seem to have enjoyed it! I will put this on my "someday" to-read list (mostly because my more immediate "want to read" list is overfull already!)

  6. Thanks for the honest review

    madtvk34 _(at)_ yahoo _(dot)_ com

  7. This sounds so good...the cover is so pretty too.

  8. I love the cover and I am curious, thanks for sharing Bea :)

  9. would love to read this!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  10. What a beautiful cover and the story sounds very intriguing. I'm adding this one to my Wish List as well as hoping to win a copy!

    Thank you!

    Connie Fischer

  11. Thanks for the review. Looks interesting.
    Tiberious 1971 At gmail dot com


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