The Vintage Teacup Club
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At a car boot sale in Sussex, three very different women meet and fall for the same vintage teaset. They decide to share it - and form a friendship that changes their lives . . .
Jenny can't wait to marry Dan. Then, after years of silence, she hears from the woman who could shatter her dreams.
Maggie has put her broken heart behind her and is gearing up for the biggest event of her career - until she's forced to confront the past once more.
Alison seems to have it all: married to her childhood sweetheart, with two gorgeous daughters. But as tensions mount, she is pushed to breaking point.
Dealing with friendship and families, relationships and careers, highs and lows, The Vintage Teacup Club is heart-warming storytelling at its very best.
I loved it! It's sweet and gentle and well-written and the characters are lovely. The central premise is a little bit odd and if I have any criticism it's that we could have had a bit of an epilogue on Lucy's wedding and the success of Charlie, Carlito and me, and I really wanted to read more about Maggie and Owen, Jamie and Blitz Spirit... But maybe there's room in the pot for a sequel. And the cover artwork is lovely too.
Not a vintage novel
It's entertaining enough, for vegging out at the end of a long busy day, but not very credible. I would have thought Maggie far too smart a cookie to fall so easily for her errant husband return, and to get pregnant 'accidentally' with her new chap.
Dylan is far too stereotypically portrayed. Just how stupid could anyone be to worm his way back into his ex wife's affections and then betray her again so quickly?
I lost count of the number of times someone raised their eyebrows! Actually, that became quite entertaining in itself, especially where it happened three times in two pages.
A few other careless mistakes as well, which should have been picked up by the editor or proofreader. In the passage describing how Alison and Pete met, Maggie's name is mistakenly transposed where Alison's should be.
And the time frame of Alison's marriage and childbearing seemed a bit out of kilter. Married at 17 and waits til she's 25 to have children?
Conversely at times the minutiae of detail became almost boring. Do we really need to know that people were putting their seat belts on? But then no coverage at all of Jenny and Dan's wedding. Just a retrospective of the reception!
However, I am grateful for having read this novel, as it has spurred me on to try to find a publisher for my own writing. Hope I'm as lucky as Jenny was with JoJo!!