Title: The Tearoom On The Bay
Author: Rachel Burton
Expected Publication Date: October 1 2020
Publisher: Aria & Aries
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
It’s time for Ellie to return home and rediscover the past she left behind…
After a tough break-up, Ellie returns to the only place she’s ever really felt at home – the coastal town of Sanderson Bay. A year later, she’s living her dream, brewing delicious artisan teas and selling them at her very own café. And when the mysterious and brooding Ben walks into her tearoom, Ellie finally dares to dream of true love.
But then her ex shows up in the Bay, and just as Ellie discovers some tragic truths about her family’s past, she learns Ben might be hiding an unwelcome secret of his own…
Can Ellie let go of her past and brave a future with Ben?
This review is based on an ARC I received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I think I would’ve enjoyed this book a bit more if the things in the synopsis actually played a big part in the story. Now that I think about it, I don’t think romance could be considered the main genre of this story, as the romantic aspects actually played a very small part in this story.
The story mostly focused Ellie, her friendships and her teashop. I enjoyed reading about the interactions between Ellie and her friend group. What little romantic relationship we had between Ben and Ellie was nice enough but I found myself really annoyed with the situation surrounding Ellie and her ex. For one he wasn’t as big of an issue as the synopsis made him out to be, and I found Ellie’s decision to let him stay with her infuriatingly stupid.
I like Ellie as a character though. Her thing with figuring out people’s perfect “tea match” was, for lack of a better word, cute. The other characters were also pretty likable.
The story as started to look into a few darker topics but didn’t really dive deep into to any of them. It didn’t hinder the story but I wish the author dove deep into a few of the topics.
That’s All I Got, Romy.