Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Little Teashop In Tokyo by the wonderfully talented Julie Caplin! Big thanks to Julie for providing me with a copy of the book for review, and to Rachel of Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour.
Grab your passport and escape to a land of dazzling skycrapers, steaming bowls of comforting noodles, and a page-turning love story that will make you swoon!
For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses paid trip, it looks like her dreams are coming true.
Until she arrives in vibrant, bustling Tokyo and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago, gorgeous photographer Gabe.
Fiona can’t help but remember the heartache of their last meeting but amidst the temples and clouds of soft pink cherry blossoms, can Fiona and Gabe start to see life – and each other – differently?
As with ALL of Julie Caplins books, I was in love with this from the very first page. We’re currently stuck in lockdown here in Scotland, my planned holiday abroad cancelled, and then along comes this book to drop me straight into the streets of Tokyo for an adventure! Japan is my all time favourite country so I couldn’t wait to see how it would be portrayed in this book.
Needless to say, I was not disappointed! From the bustling streets of Shibuya to the quiet contemplation of the temples, the book really took you there, and getting lost in it’s pages truly left me feeling like I had been there right beside Fiona. (Even if I was incredibly jealous of her all-expenses-paid trip to Japan!!) And it wasn’t just the atmosphere of the different areas, it was the food! The glorious descriptions of the food, the freshly blended tea for the ceremonies, all of it. It was wonderfully written, as were all the little nods to traditional Japanese culture, from how they presented their homes to how they behaved in public.
I loved Fiona as a character, she started out so shy and closed off, but slowly seeing her open up and being more of an outgoing character was brilliant. With her coming face to face with Gabe after all those years, I really felt for her, especially with his behaviour in the beginning! And of course the brief flash of having the Copenhagen gang back together again at her exhibition was lovely!
I’m now left feeling homesick for a country I’ve never visited, and am desperate for Haruka to be real so I can go and stay with her and drink tea in her garden!
About The Author
Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury brands, taking journalists on press trips to awful places like Turin, Milan, Geneva, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and occasionally losing the odd member of the press in an airport. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to eat amazing food, drink free alcohol, hone her writing skills on press releases and to research European cities for her books.
She writes best-selling warm-hearted contemporary fiction for HarperImpulse.
Under her pen name, Julie Caplin, her thirteenth novel, The Little Teashop in Tokyo will be published in ebook and paperback this June.