Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rainy Books: The Little Teashop on Main

THE LITTLE TEASHOP
ON MAIN
by
Jodi Thomas
Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction / Coming of Age Publisher: HQN Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Number of Pages: 336 pages Scroll down for the giveaway!


A rainy-day ritual—a tea party between three little girls—becomes the framework of not only their friendship but their lives. Blonde, curly-haired Zoe is openhearted, kind and free-spirited, and dreams of becoming a famous actor in New York City. Shy Emily struggles with mental health but has the heart and soul of a writer. And Shannon—tall, athletic, strong—has a deep sense of loyalty that will serve her well when she heads off to military college. As Zoe, Emily, and Shannon grow into women—forging careers, following dreams, and finding love—they’ll learn that life doesn’t always unfold the way they want it to, but through it all, the one constant is each other and their regular tea parties. And when the unthinkable happens, the girls must come together to face the greatest test of all. A deeply moving novel about the family that raises us, the hearts that nurture us, and the great friendships that define our lives. PRAISE FOR THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN: "Heart-wrenching as well as heartwarming, the book reflects the experiences of these seven multifaceted and compelling characters as they journey through challenging years together." -- NY Journal of Books “A comforting treasure for regular Thomas readers who enjoy the easy flow of her writing, a little steamy romance to spice things up, and the development of vulnerable, realistic characters.” -- Booklist

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EXCERPT FROM THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN
by Jodi Thomas

Only when Mommy left, Shannon started crying, and the tea Zoe had looked forward to didn’t seem much like a party. One of her special guests was crying, and the other’s cheeks were still wet with tears. Zoe decided she was the worstest hostess ever.
“Are you sick?” Zoe asked, guessing if the new princess was sick, the party would probably be over.
Shannon shook her head. “My mommy left my daddy and me this morning.”
Emily whispered, “Is she coming back home? Maybe she just went to the store?”
“No. She packed her big suitcase, then slammed her keys on the table like they were too hot to hold in her hand. She didn’t even help me find my crown. She said she couldn’t look at me. It hurt too much.”
Zoe remembered what her mommy told her about being a hostess. She pulled off her crown and gave it to Shannon. “I have another one made of flowers. I’ll wear it and be the flower princess.”
By the time she got back from digging in her closet to find the ring circled with plastic daisies, Shannon and Emily were giggling. They’d put cherries inside the sandwiches and couldn’t wait to have Zoe taste them.
A stem stuck out between the slices of bread, but Zoe played along, acting surprised. Then she poured the lemonade tea, and they all tried it with a Hershey’s Kiss dropped into each plastic cup.
As the hour passed, the girls tried on each other’s dresses, traded crowns several times and ate all the goodies. They hugged goodbye, all begging to have a tea party every rainy Saturday.
Shannon’s father smiled as he knelt to lift up his daughter in one arm. “Come along, princess. I think you’ve got icing in your hair.” His big hand moved over her yellow curls, only smearing the blob of icing more.
She hugged him. “I was afraid you might not come back, Daddy. I thought you would pack your bag and leave me too. But Zoe said you were really a knight who lost his armor and you’d be back.”
The sergeant looked down at Zoe. “She’s right. I will never leave you. A knight is always there to protect his princess.” He nodded once at Zoe. “And, of course, her friends.”
“We are friends,” all three girls shouted. “Forever friends.”
He winked at Zoe. “Next rainy Saturday, I’ll have the tea party set up at our house, but you ladies will have to plan the food.”
All three five-year-olds giggled as they waved goodbye.

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With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 45 novels and 14 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.
In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.
Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.
When not working on a novel, or inspiring students to pursue writing careers, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating an historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.

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