Sweet (Tea) Retelling

Rebecca Swanson

4 Stars

August 11, 2017

3.5-3.75 stars, rounded up. 

To be honest, it's been a really long time since I've read Sense and Sensibility, so my knowledge of how this book utilized the original beyond the basic structure of the story is hazy at best. However, as a contemporary romance, this book was sweet and entertaining. Jane and Celia Woodward, and their younger sister Margot made the best out of their situation when their father left them disgraced after a financial scandal, but now they are losing the lease on their beloved San Francisco tea shop. They move to Austin to stay with a distant cousin and hope to find a new home for their business. Jane is a bit of a misanthrope, preferring to spend time with her tea plants and in the kitchen creating new blends and tea inspired recipes, but as soon as they arrive she falls for Sean, a musician. Also staying with the cousin is recent military discharge, Callum Beckett, who is returning to Austin having lost quite a bit since his last trip home. Callum is immediately attracted to Jane, but doesn't want to impede on her relationship with Sean. 

Between the romantic entanglements, the relationships between the sisters, and Jane's enticing information, recipes, and passion for tea, Jane of Austin was an entertaining and sweet story. Secondary characters like Celia aren't given much room for character development, and sometimes the tea making information did bog down the story. However, it was a quick read and the perfect light antidote to the heavy books I've read lately. 

Were it not mentioned on the back cover, I wouldn't have necessarily guessed that this was a Christian fiction novel, and this book likely has appeal that will stretch beyond readers who exclusively seek out the category.