Review: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop
Published by Berkley on August 4, 2020
“There isn’t anything wrong with knowing that something will expire. It focuses you: treasure the time you have together.”
About Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop
I loved Roselle Lim’s debut novel, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune, with its blend of delicious descriptions of food entwined with the main character’s affection for her community.
Her second book, Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop also speaks to those themes.
Vanessa sees other people’s futures in their tea and other beverages. When she sees a future, she’s compelled to speak it. But her entire life she’s fought against using it because of some disastrous occurrences in the past. She knows in her heart that she’ll never find love because of her gift.
When her Aunt Evelyn asks Vanessa to join her in Paris to assist with opening a new tea shop, Vanessa accepts. Aunt Evelyn also has a gift that allows her to see the future. She’s hoping she can help Vanessa accept her gift and use it.
When Vanessa meets Marc, her heart melts despite knowing that she’ll never find love.
My thoughts about Vanessa Yu’s Magical Tea Shop
The one dislike I had for the book was that I grew impatient with Vanessa’s refusal to explore her gift at first but I’m sure that giving people bad news is horrifying, especially if you can’t control it.
Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop is a charming, contemporary romance. Roselle Lim writes lush descriptions of delicious tea, elegant clothing and art, and glorious-sounding pastries. She captures a sense of delight and beauty that are Paris.
Which makes this book the perfect sensual indulgence. Like a delicate cup of Aunt Evelyn’s tea accompanied by a madeleine.
If you’re a fan of magical realism in the vein of Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel or Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, you’ll enjoy the frothy loveliness of Vanessa Yu’s Magical Tea Shop.
Do you have a favorite setting for romances? Paris seems like an obvious choice but such a beautiful one.
Enjoy Roselle Lim’s debut novel, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune. Which also combines magical realism, romance, and amazing descriptions of food.
For another diverse romance featuring gorgeous descriptions of food, try Sara Desai’s The Marriage Game, which I reviewed earlier this year.
Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for the DRC.