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Friday, November 5, 2010

The Perfect Blend...Review

About the book:
Steph Vandergrift is in desperate need of a hug.  She abruptly left everything--her parents, her job, her apartment, her hometown of Baltimore--to elope with Middleburg attorney Rick Manfred, never imagining he would stand her up at the altar.  Now, all alone in a strange town and hoping just to get by until she can decide what to do next, Steph things she's found the perfect position at Millicent's Tea Shop.  Milly offers Steph the job along with a warm pot of tea, scones and a listening ear.

Kendall James, one of the kindest and most eligible bachelors in the area, meets Steph at the tea shop and proceeds to pursue her.  But by the time she feels able to consider dating again, her runaway fiance returns and tries to win her back.  Steph is understandably wary, but she and Rick always seemed to blend so well.  Are they truly meant to be together, or does God have something else in mind?

Steph is symbolically left at the altar when her self-centered fiance doesn't show up to meet her when she arrives in town.  Perfect shopkeeper Milly rescues Steph from humiliation gives her a sympathetic shoulder to cry on and a temporary job at the tea shop. Perfect innkeeper Kendall shows an interest and introduces Steph around town.  She meets two nice sisters in need of a roommate and proceeds to get herself fired from every place she works outside of the tea shop.

Add a bit of drama, an additional ex-fiancee and some misunderstandings and you have The Perfect Blend. Light on the Christian as Steph learns to stand up for herself and finds what it is she wants out of life. A light diversion.  Nothing more.  Fans of Trish Perry will love it.  I didn't.  I found myself annoyed and impatient for it to be finished.  I never really connected with Steph and Rick and his mother were extreme caricatures and everyone else was one-dimensional.

This appears to be the first in a new series, so we will be seeing more of Milly and her tea shop.  Perhaps recurring characters will be fleshed out a bit in subsequent books.  A bonus is the tea shop recipes included at the back of the book.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Harvest House Publishers for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Trish Perry here.  You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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2 comments:

  1. This looks like an interesting book. I just spotted another review of it on another blog a few minutes ago...

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  2. Sometimes people like light and surface; like you, I don't. I want to identify with and "feel" the book as I'm reading.

    Thanks for the review!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

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