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The Perfect Blend

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by Trish Perry

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If you enjoy the novels of Debbie Macomber, you?ll love this perfect blend of recipes and romance set in a small town with a big heart.

Steph Vandergrift is in need of a job. She left everything behind to elope with Middleburg attorney Rick Manfred, never imagining he would stand her up at the altar. Now, hoping just to get by until she can decide what to do next


If you enjoy the novels of Debbie Macomber, you?ll love this perfect blend of recipes and romance set in a small town with a big heart.

Steph Vandergrift is in need of a job. She left everything behind to elope with Middleburg attorney Rick Manfred, never imagining he would stand her up at the altar. Now, hoping just to get by until she can decide what to do next, Steph thinks she?s found the perfect position at the local tea shop.

Kendall James, one of the kindest and most eligible bachelors in the area, meets Steph and proceeds to pursue her. But by the time Steph feels able to consider dating again, her runaway fiancé returns and tries to win her back. Steph is wary, but she and Rick always seemed to blend so well. Are they truly meant to be together, or does God have something else in mind?

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Publishers Weekly
Perry (Sunset Beach) entertains and gently inspires in this first of the Tea Shop series, a cozy tale about love lost and found. Steph Vandergrift left all to elope with attorney Rick Manfred and was then left behind before reaching the altar. Beside herself with disbelief, Steph allows a kindly tea shop owner to provide her sustenance for stomach and a bruised soul. Milly Jewell, the twice-widowed shop owner, offers Steph a temporary job at her small restaurant. Having burned her personal bridges with family and friends, Steph thankfully agrees to the arrangement, and soon meets Kendall James, proprietor of the pricey hotel where she was staying before the wedding fell through. Mutually smitten is an understatement as Steph and Kendall immediately connect. Inevitably, obstacles interfere with an otherwise perfectly spun fairy tale. Perry takes what could be a glib, weightless tale and makes her own blend work. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Steph Vandergrift flees her hometown after her fiancé abandons her at the altar. Not knowing what to do next, she takes a job at Milly's Tea Shop, presided over by a twice-widowed owner. She rents a room from Christie Burnham and meets Christie's sister, Liz. With these three new angels in her life, Steph is sure to do the right thing when her ex comes calling, especially since kind and eligible Kendall James is also interested in her. VERDICT With its three-dimensional characters and a quaint setting, this series debut by the author of Sunset Beach and Beach Dreams, which both won state RWA Awards, is certain to earn Perry new fans.

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Harvest House Publishers
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5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)


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The Perfect Blend 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
GrammaMartha More than 1 year ago
In The Perfect Blend, Trish Perry gives us a "perfect blend" of characters who keep you reading just to see what will happen next. Steph Vandergriff is a mess. She's been jilted at the altar by Rick Manfred who has disappeared, she's in a strange town, and she's cut off all ties with her family and friends back home who warned her about her fianc&#233; in the first place. As she sits on the steps of the building where her intended's law office is, she cannot stop crying. Enter dear Millicent, owner of the tearoom across the street. She takes Steph in and ends up offering her a temporary job to replace a girl on vacation. After a few mishaps, Steph loves the work and Millie. In addition she makes friends with Christie and Liz who offer her a place to live. The problem is that Steph needs a permanent job so she can stay in Middleburg. Kendall James, the handsome owner of the inn where she's staying, offers to help her find a job, but Steph's clumsiness and distraction get her into trouble with each attempt. In the meantime she's attracted to Kendall who is interested in more than finding Steph a job. Just when their relationship seems to be blossoming, Runaway Rick returns, and Steph has some decisions to make. Can she stand on her own two feet and make her own decisions for her future? Interesting secondary characters, a beautiful historic town, new friends, and a few surprises make this a delightful book for reading curled up in your favorite chair with your own cup of tea.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
Steph Vandergrift left her family, friends, and job in Baltimore to elope with Rick Manfred, a Middleburg attorney, against her controlling parent's wishes. Problems for Steph begin when Rick 'neglects' to show up for the wedding. Alone and deserted in a strange city, a very distraught and weepy Steph is befriended by Milly, owner of Millicent's Tea Shop, on the morning of her "planned' wedding. Milly offers her a temporary job at her shop. At the Tea Shop the next day, Steph meets sisters Liz and Christie Burnham and Kendall James. Kendall James, dubbed 'Mr. Cutie Pants' by the sisters, owns and works the Fox and Hounds Hotel, where Steph is staying temporarily, since her honeymoon suite was paid in advance by Rick. When Kendall meets Steph, he's hooked. She's apprehensive about men. Thus the tension arises. The Perfect Blend is my first book by Trish Perry, and I absolutely loved it! She nailed the romantic tension between Kendall and Steph. The playful bantering that is so typical for a newly acquainted couple. The extra 'touch' of his handshake. The gentlemanly manner in how he cares for her needs, yet not being pushy. All this and more, and, he's the most eligible bachelor in Middleburg! Just as Steph is willing to reciprocate Kendall's romantic gestures, Rick shows up, repentant and willing to prove his love. Steph has to decide once again if Rick is trustworthy enough to marry, especially based on conversations she's overheard. Are they the perfect blend she thought they were? The sisters have their opinions on the matter! Although Steph is initially abandoned by Rick, she has a strong faith that God will supply her needs for work, friends and a place to live by praying for wisdom to know what to do. And answer He does! Just maybe not how she thinks He will! A 5.o rating based on characters and circumstances portrayed in a very realistic manner. Aptly, Trish was into the characters' dilemmas and emotions. She kept me entertained and laughing out loud at the antics and bantering comments made, definitely holding my attention!
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LorHuem More than 1 year ago
Interesting storyline and characters but way too much on the religious side. I too am Christian but it seemed as if every 3 pages preaching took place. I actually fell in love with the cover and thought the story would have more of the tea shop in it.
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Janna6 More than 1 year ago
It's been awhile since I've read such a fun, enjoyable book. I was swept away by a fun, quirky heroine that I could root for and cringe with when things went wrong (which they often did). Yet there is a strong underlying message about acceptance and whose acceptance really matters in life. I really liked this book and am pleased to see that it is the start of a series... I'm certainly hoping to see more of Kendall and Steph.
tweezle More than 1 year ago
"The Perfect Blend" is truly the perfect blend of humor, trials of life, faith and romance. It is just one of those books that you love to snuggle with and read on a quiet afternoon. Make sure to reserve a nice block of time, because you won't want to put it down once you get started! I really enjoyed the whole storyline of a young woman looking to find herself after she was stood up "at the alter". I found her journey and faith, as well as her self-doubt, made her an interesting although somewhat of a bubble-headed character at times. There were so many great characters in this story, which made this a cozy and heartwarming read. I just wanted to get to know everyone and spend time with them as they all had such interesting outlooks on life. I was sad that the book ended and really look forward to the next in the series. Actually, I can't wait it to come out!! I am looking forward to spending more time with all the lovely people in Middleburg.
Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
To elope with Rick Manfred seemed like such a good idea that Steph Vandergrift went against all the wishes of her parents and friends and left her home behind to marry him. However, on the day of her wedding, Steph finds herself in Middleburg without a groom. Rick's sudden disappearance is devastating, but when Milly Jewell brings Steph into her tea shop, Steph finds the hope to survive for the day. The last thing Steph wants to do is return to her parents and she decides to spend a few days at the Fox and Hounds Inn. Through a series of events, she meets Christie, Liz and the handsome Kendall James. Steph knows she's not ready for another relationship, but she can not deny that Kendall James is a great friend. When Rick shows back up in Steph's life, she is forced to choose between the two men. But is her choice really about who she loves or is it about her need for acceptance? The Perfect Blend far exceeded the expectations that I had for it. It had me laughing out loud several times and I finished the book within 24 hours of starting it. The characters are extremely enjoyable though I am not sure there is any man out there as perfect as Kendall James. I am usually a stickler for authenticity in books and I had to question whether it would really be possible to fall in love with a person so quickly after being jilted by another. However, I am more than happy to suspend this question in lieu of enjoying the story for what it is: fiction. If you are looking for a light, humorous, sweet romance, this book is for you! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
FaithfulFoliosvLogReviews More than 1 year ago
Vertical Reach = 4 Steph shares her prayers, reveals her thoughts about God and is open and honest about her failings with Him and herself in a way that flows as an unintrusive part of the story. Ministry Message = 5 Acceptance from God is more important than acceptance from anyone else. Deciding to rest in God's acceptance can protect you from bad decisions. Craft = 4 Believable characters with authentic three dimensional attributes and flaws. Perry keeps true to the traditional romance formula with fun bumps along the ride delivered with good description and dialogue. Aesthetics = 4 This cover fits the theme and title. I would click it on a website because I love tea. This book was provided for review by the publisher.
mmvasquez More than 1 year ago
The Perfect Blend by Trish Perry is the sweetest story! It made me want to jump in my car and go find this wonderful place! I loved this whole little small town and the characters and relationships. It was wonderful to be able to slow down the pace for a change! I really loved the main character, Steph. I laughed out loud at times but only because I could totally relate and could totally see myself doing the same thing! What a great character! I very highly recommend this book to anyone. It's very well written and has characters that will steal your heart from the very start. It's warm and funny and romantic and an all around great read! I would love to read more about this wonderful place and these great characters!
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DMayne More than 1 year ago
After burning bridges back home and being jilted by her fiance, Steph Vandergrift is stuck having to make the most of her situation. In walks Kendall James, a man who can make any woman forget her problems. With a cozy tea shop setting and a cast of characters who are certain to warm the hearts of readers, I couldn't help but smile all the way through the story. Trish Perry's book The Perfect Blend is exactly what it claims to be-the perfect blend of a descriptive setting and delightful characters that come to life from the very first scene. Trish has quickly become one of my favorite contemporary Christian fiction authors. I'm happy to know that The Perfect Blend is the first of the Tea Shop series because it means more enjoyable stories to come.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Steph Vandergrift is an only child, who is used to getting her way. Her parents have voiced their displeasure at her idea of marrying Rick Manfred, a young man she barely knows, and for once in her life, she defies them, and leaves Baltimore to head to lovely Middleburg Virginia to marry her dream man. Left at the altar, however Steph finds herself sitting in tears wondering what in the world she has done, when along comes the sweetest lady she has ever met. Inviting Steph into her tea shop for a hug and a spot of tea, Milly offers her a temporary job filling in for her regular assistant who is on vacation. Steph finds herself falling in love with the quaint town of Middleburg, and even more attracted to one certain citizen of Middleburg. Making friends quickly and finding a place to live, Steph is starting a new life. When Rick shows back up, willing to stand up to his parents and wanting to rekindle the flame. Now Steph has to decide is that what she wants. An amusing tale, wonderfully written by Trish Perry, this book is sure to keep your attention. I enjoyed the story and also was proud to see young Steph, show her faith in God. Definitely a great book to read this fall! 246 pages US $9.99 4 stars This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Kimberly0 More than 1 year ago
The Perfect Blend is a delight. It had me laughing out loud in a few places and my family thought I was nuts. Steph leaves her family and friends to elope with her fiance' in another town two hours away. When she arrives she finds out he skipped town. Alone and distraught she breaks down on the street corner. A kind woman approaches Steph and invites her into her tea shop. Too embarassed to go home, she decides to stay in the small town. It turns out the shop owner is short handed and Steph agrees to work as her assistant until the regular help returns from a vacation. Steph meets Kendall, the owner of the local inn and they become fast friends. Then her ex-fiance' returns to town.
kvbwrites More than 1 year ago
Another fun, flirty read by Trish Perry. As a life-long resident of small towns, I appreciate the lack of bumpkins and ignorance - Middleburg encompasses all that I love about rural life. Perry creates settings and characters that take your hand and guide you through their lives, all thanks to Perry's talented use of words and descriptions. Make sure you have time to read it, because you won't want to put this book down. If you enjoy Debbie Macomber romances, you'll love The Perfect Blend!
JTiszai More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a delightful romantic comedy, pick up The Perfect Blend. Trish has a great way of bringing her characters to life by letting us in on their thoughts in a very natural way. The dialogue is fun and realistic as well. Those two areas alone are often ones that pull me out of the story in the hands of less talented writers. Her characters aren't perfect, but that's what makes them enjoyable. And through it all Trish weaves an authentic spiritual thread that we all can relate to.
SallyChambers More than 1 year ago
In spite of the disapproval of hovering parents and well-meaning friends, Stephanie Vandergrift leaves everything behind to elope with Rick Manfred. She's perfectly able to handle things on her own, thank you. But the best laid plans . . . And from the first pages of Trish Perry's Perfect Blend, I was hooked and held by this charmer of a novel. Jilted, alone, and broken hearted, her relationship with family and friends in shambles, Steph is determined she will make her own way in an unfamiliar town. It's a place of shops, historic inns, taverns, and pubs and filled with interesting people. Milly, wise and compassionate owner of a lovely tea shop befriends Steph. Milly can use some part-time help for a few days, and Steph will look for a permanent job. But when handsome Kendall James walks into the shop, things evolve into a delightful chain of events. Then, as intrepid as Steph is with her spirit and faith, when a repentant Rick reenters her life, confusion multiplies. Try as she may to make sound decisions, impulse gets in the way in scenes that keep you laughing. Will Steph ever find her perfect blend? The characters in Trish's Perfect Blend are well rounded. It's easy to relate to each one and their unique personalities as they enter and enrich-or disrupt-Steph's life. Following Steph as her faith deepens and she discerns God's hand in her choices is downright fun. Don't miss this excellent read.
Barbara-Turnbaugh More than 1 year ago
The Perfect Blend is a "perfect blend" of humor, romance, friendships, and surprises. The characters in this book are so entertaining. I love the convictions to their Christian beliefs that these characters have. So glad the recipes from the teashop were included at the end of this book.