The Colour of Tea

The Colour of Tea

Book - 2011
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Among the gaudy, busy streets of Macau, Grace Miller has lost her way. Her marriage to Pete, her Australian husband, is fraying and her dreams of having a family seem impossible. With the heralding of a new year she resolves to do something bold. Something her impetuous Mama might do. In this pocket of China, filled with casinos and yum cha restaurants, she opens a small cafe. A sanctuary of macarons and tea, Lillian's becomes a place where the women of Macau meet, bridging cultural divides and sharing in each other's joys and heartbreaks. For Grace, life seems to be finally coming together. But when Pete does the unthinkable, the secrets Grace thought she had buried rise to the surface, and it's now or never to lay old ghosts to rest, and trust her heart to lead her.
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. : Macmillan, 2011.
ISBN: 9781742610047
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jan 31, 2019

When her husband Pete lands another "setting up a casino" job in Macau, Grace is at her lowest point after learning she has premature ovarian failure after their latest infertility treatment. Depressed and at loose ends for many hours, Grace opens a cafe that serves tea and macarons to both the ex-pat community and the locals. As she becomes more involved in the work that her new venture requires, Grace finds several friends and comes to terms with her infertility, her marriage, and the failed relationship with her mother in London. Each chapter heading is in both French and English and includes a description of one of the shop's macarons. This debut novel gives the reader the experience of being a foreigner in a land where one doesn't speak the language. The author nicely ties up all the subplots and leaves the teeniest door open for a possible sequel in the future.

Aug 13, 2013

A sweet and poignant story. Love stories where people, esp. women, rise above. AND, it has a happy ending.

AshRichards Mar 12, 2013

Although, the characters in the book sometimes played towards a certain "type", I disagree that the plot was a predictable one. I think the book sets out to make you think some predictable events will transpire, but it twists it in a different direction.I found that refreshing, because it wasn't like any other book I had read.

I also enjoyed the little touches; for example, for each chapter there is a different type of yummy dessert below the chapter title.

Andge1 Dec 10, 2012

The storyline was a bit slower than I would like. I feel like the story really only picked up in the last few chapters. An easy read though.

branch_reviews Oct 31, 2012

Review 1: Grace Miller moves with her husband to the tiny, busy island of Macau feeling lonely and depressed. A dream of having a family has been shattered with the news that she is infertile. Her relationship with her husband is strained and she becomes detached and distant. As she struggles to find some meaning in her life, she decides to use her love of baking to open her own café, specializing in the delicate French macaroon cookies. This new venture brings new friends and challenges into Grace’s life as she deals with past issues with her mother and present issues with her husband. Grace comes to realize that there are different relationships outside of biological families which encompass family life. This is Hannah’s first novel. I enjoyed the story and the creating of macaroon names at the beginning of each chapter. Reviewed by DL .........................................................Review 2 After moving to the bustling Chinese island of Macau, Grace must deal with the devastating news of her infertility after years of trying to have child. The news weighs heavily on her strained marriage, too. To give her a reason to get out of bed, she turns to her other passion: baking. When she opens a tea shop, named after her impetuous French mother, Grace encounters a myriad of eccentric locals and expats. Somehow they form a kind of family as they come together over tea and macaroons – delicate French cookies coloured like precious stones. Despite some weighty subjects including mistreatment of Filipino domestic helpers and infertility, this is a great beach read for a winter vacation in the sun. An admirable debut novel by a writer now based in Vancouver. Reviewed by DC

Jul 26, 2012

Plot was predictable

racing14 Jul 06, 2012

An exciting debut novel set in the exotic, bustling streets of coastal China—a woman whose life is restored when she opens a small café and gains the courage to trust what’s in her heart. ""


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