The Little Teashop in Tokyo
By Julia Caplin
Rated: 4 stars ****
I read a book recently, as followers of my blog would know, set in Japan, and I am pleased to return to this culture to see a different side to it, in this sumptuous and rich book. Thanks to One More Chapter (part of Harper Collins publishing). I thank One More Chapter for sending me a copy of the book to review. The book is published on the 11th June and it is definitely a summer read to look out for.
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?
It is Fiona, a photographer from the UK has been given the opportunity of a lifetime of exhibiting her photos in Tokyo is the main protagonist and is also a blogger, where Gabe meets up with her. The feelings of being in a different country, trying to work out where you are in relation to the destination is conveyed very well and realistically.
When they reach Haruka’s teashop, where Haruka and Professor Kobashi live above, there’s the sense of the traditional side of Japan, with the area’s 200 year old building and idyllic nature of beautifully scented flowers.
Green tea, photography and a romance in an olde-wordly setting, that is blossoming as the flowers bloom makes this book so sumtuous and beautifully painted. It is a delicately written romance that is perfectly framed like a photograph, with an air of tranquility, for relaxed reading on a gorgeous summer’s day or cosied up with a nice cup of tea and some sushi, or a Kit-Kat, which, in Japan there appears to be many different flavours from the UK.
The romance with Gabe is one in which Fiona is so aware of happening, but it’s a bit complicated and she isn’t sure she wants to totally allow for her feelings to flow or not and there’s photography to concentrate on, under Haruka’s tutelage and a tea ceremony to attend. This is until the alluring Gabe pulls her back into his grasp.
This is a romance to sweep romantic readers off their feet to Japan as it engages in the characterisation, the culture and the photograpghy and also the idiosicrasys there are within people when they are posing for a photoshoot, in what creates a heartwarming, entertaining, tantelisingly sensual story that just might leave readers smiling as it did me.