Posted By TLC Booktours on May 18, 2012
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Scribner; Original edition (June 5, 2012)
Macau: the bulbous nose of China, a peninsula and two islands strung together like a three-bead necklace. It was time to find a life for myself. To make something out of nothing. The end of hope and the beginning of it too.
After moving with her husband to the tiny, bustling island of Macau, Grace Miller finds herself a stranger in a foreign land–a lone redhead towering above the crowd on the busy Chinese streets. As she is forced to confront the devastating news of her infertility, Grace’s marriage is fraying and her dreams of a family have been shattered. She resolves to do something bold, something her impetuous mother would do, and she turns to what she loves: baking and the pleasure of afternoon tea.
Grace opens a cafe, where she serves tea, coffee, and macarons–the delectable, delicate French cookies colored like precious stones–to the women of Macau. There, among fellow expatriates and locals alike, Grace carves out a new definition of home and family. But when her marriage reaches a crisis, secrets Grace thought she had buried long ago rise to the surface. Grace realizes it’s now or never to lay old ghost to rest and to begin to trust herself. With each mug of coffee brewed, each cup of tea steeped and macaron baked. Grace comes to learn that strength can be gleaned from the unlikeliest of places.
A delicious, melt-in-your-mouth novel featuring the sweet pleasures of French pastries and the exotic scents and sights of China, The Color of Tea is a scrumptious story of love, friendship, and renewal.
“LOVED this book, it made me remember what is important in life regardless of what the challenges are or where we find ourselves. The descriptions, macarons and location kept me wanting more. A great read if you are looking for something to escape into.” — Sally, Goodreads.com (5 stars)
“This is a wonderful, evocative novel that is reminiscent of those by Barbara O’Neal. I thought that using macaron names and descriptions as chapter headings which echoed events in that chapter was a delightful touch. A remarkable first novel.”–Marianne, Amazon.co.uk (5 stars)
About Hannah Tunnicliffe
Hannah Tunnicliffe was born in New Zealand but is a self-confessed nomad. After finishing a degree in social sciences, she lived in Australia, England, and Macau. A career in human resources temporarily put her dream of becoming a writer on the back burner. The Color of Tea is her first novel.
Hannah Tunnicliffe’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, July 9th: Book Club Classics!
Tuesday, July 10th: BookNAround
Wednesday, July 11th: girlichef
Monday, July 16th: Book Addiction
Wednesday, July 25th: Stiletto Storytime
Thursday, July 19th: Twisting the Lens
Monday, July 30th: A Bookish Affair
Friday, August 3rd: Raging Bibliomania
Monday, August 6th: Savvy Verse and Wit
Thursday, August 9th: Southern Girl Reads
Monday, August 13th: Suko’s Notebeook
Tuesday, August 14th: Stephanie’s Written Word
Monday, August 20th: Regular Rumination