The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane by Sheila Roberts

The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane by Sheila Roberts
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (326 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

When it comes to men, sisters don’t share!

After a fake food poisoning incident in L.A., Bailey Sterling’s dreams of becoming a caterer to the stars collapse faster than a soufflé. Now Bailey’s face is in all the gossip rags and her business is in ruins. But the Sterling women close ranks and bring her back to Icicle Falls, where she’ll stay with her sister Cecily.

All goes well between the sisters until Bailey comes up with a new business idea—a tea shop on a charming street called Lavender Lane. She’s going into partnership with Todd Black, who—it turns out—is the man Cecily’s started dating. It looks to Cecily as if there’s more than tea brewing in that cute little shop. And she’s not pleased.

Wait! Isn’t Cecily seeing Luke Goodman? He’s a widower with an adorable little girl, and yes, Cecily does care about him. But Todd’s the one who sends her zing-o-meter off the charts. So now what? Should you have to choose between your sister and the man you love (or think you love)?

All’s good in the family when they stick together and this bunch sticks like glue!

I mentioned it above, but the central theme of this book is family being important and it’s true. Ms Roberts has penned a book about love, relationships and how your family will always be with you no matter what.

I liked this book. The writing flows well, although there are a lot of characters to keep track of. Granted, in a family of three sisters, with beaus to go around, there will be quite a cast of characters. Once I got into the book, keeping everyone straight got a lot easier. The more I read, the more I wanted. I wanted to know what would happen with all of the characters, because even if I didn’t like them on one page, by the next I liked them again.

Cecily was my favorite. She’s got a boat load of troubles. She thinks she likes one guy, but kind of likes another, too. She’s easy for the reader to relate to because I could see a lot of me in her. She struggles with her decisions and not upsetting her family. Easy to understand.

I also liked Todd. Whether he’s the one for Cecily aside, he tries so hard. Gotta give him credit for that. He wants to make her happy, even if he’s less than happy. He’s endearing.

In the end, the book works and that’s what matters the most.

If you want a book that’s heavy on heart and family, then this might be the book for you.


  1. Virginia Lloyd says:

    This is the book for you! An awesome read! In today’s world with so much trauma and drama, it does one’s heart good to read Sheila’s books!

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