Jane of Austin
By Hillary Manton Lodge
Published by Waterbrook
315 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.

But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.

While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas.

In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away

REVIEW: This author beautifully brings together a heartfelt story of three sisters whose lives are suddenly shattered by an unexpected chain of events. News travels fast of their father’s business scandal and they are forever identified with their father’s deeds. Their lease is up on their tea salon in San Francisco. They are unable to find an affordable place so they seek a new place and relocate in Austin, Texas. The girls are looking for a fresh start and to reconnect with family members on their mother’s side.

In the authors, last series readers got a front row seat and learned about the restaurant business. This book has readers learn about tea and treats that go with it. Jane of Austin has the gift of creating tea magic that her customers in San Francisco loved. The sisters hope to find a shop where they could do the same in Texas. One sister is running from love another is just concerned about the business and is surprised by love. They both care for and encourage their youngest sister Margot who is finishing her high school years.

I enjoyed this author’s fun style of writing and the recipes throughout the novel. The ten discussion questions at the end help generate lively discussion to your book club meetings. Your group will have a tough time deciding on which yummy sounding treat to bring to the meeting. Some of the recipes included are Cranberry Vanilla Scones, A Perfect Cup of Tea, Pear and Earl Grey Tea Pies to Go, Texas Sheet Cake with a Black Tea Twist., Pumpkin Scones with Chai Glaze and few more. This is a fun read and would work great for your next book club pick.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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