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About the Author
Christine Merrill wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. During a stint as a stay-at-home-mother, she decided it was time to “write that book.” She could set her own hours and would never have to wear pantyhose to work! It was a slow start but she slogged onward and seven years later, she got the thrill of seeing her first book hit the bookstores. Christine lives in Wisconsin with her family. Visit her website at: www.christine-merrill.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Imagine coming home from yet another multiple hour shift in the restaurant where you’ve cooked, settled differences and have hopes to celebrate your birthday and make it special, only to find your partner arriving hours later with a “we need to talk” face on, and no present or recognition. If you are Rosie, you’re busy making excuses for the husband who isn’t ‘a details guy’ as you try not to face plant in the ‘celebration tart’ you made after work just to have a quiet celebration. And that ‘talk’ is about his finding someone who is more ‘spontaneous’ and less controlled, and wants to talk – at one in the morning – about ‘splitting up “ the household built over the last seven years. Devastating isn’t it. This was Rosie’s birthday – as she spent the night in self-recrimination, drinking wine and stumbling to work the next morning at ‘stupid o’clock’ only to discover that EVERYONE already knew about his affair, and you’ve not got the energy or ambition to deal with the whispers or gossip. And it’s then you decide that you need to chuck it all in, after having made a drunken purchase of an RV, and found an on line community of “travelers’” who live in said RV’s and move from place to place as the mood takes them – some working the ‘fair circuit’ peddling wares. You’ve already got a set of skills with your years in the kitchen, and your own tea blending hobby – and soon you are packing up and heading out after suggestions from the on line community. More importantly than what’s on the menu is Rosie and dealing with her grief from the breakup, her reluctance to try new things, and her need to have a plan A, B, C and “just in case”. Understandable really as she is still holding onto guilt from her own relationship with her father – who descended into hoarding and tried to fill his own sadness and emptiness with ‘things’, and the young Rosie couldn’t help, and her reaction was to ‘overthink every move, over organizing her life and making no steps without contingency plans. But, some challenges from Aria, the new world opening up as she meets and sees the little community of :nomads’ and their willingness to stop and breathe, and an unexpected analysis from a woman on the circuit, not to mention two intriguing men, Rosie’s own confidence along with the ability to focus allow her to find new potential and dreams with a life that isn’t so structured and controlled. Honestly – it was the growth, the timid to more-daring and less tense Rosie that was a wonderful surprise – and those moments – from laugh out loud to wanting to just sit and drink those teas that had me tearing through this book, reading it all in one quick sitting. Of course, I can’t wait to put a copy on the shelf for one of those days when I really need a read that takes me away and makes me smile – this book is that antidote to cold weather, reading blahs or just when you want to escape into a truly feel-good story that can’t help but make your heart sing in all the best ways! It’s a favorite read for 2019 – and I’ve decided that I can’t go wrong with a book from Rebeca Raisin when I just want to be happily entertained for hours! I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I loved this book!!! Great story with wonderful characters and a very cute book cover. I actually yelled Noooooo in my head when I flipped the page and the book was over. It needs to be a series. I could definitely read more books about the traveling adventures of Rosie, Aria and Max. This was a great twist on the tea shop/bookstore books. There's still tea, cakes, food and books but they travel. You should never drink and shop because a bright pink camper van with the moniker Poppy might show up on your doorstep. The book had all the right touches. I loved Rosie. Although, she was a little dramatic at times. She went into hysterics with the thought of having to sleep in the woods in a broken down Poppy and being attacked by a pack of wolves or possibly vampires. Max had me at Jason Momoa. He was just so perfect. Pretty much anyone would have been better than Callum. Seriously, on your wife's birthday???!!! Aria made a great friend and I wouldn't mind getting to know her more. Loved when Rosie shouted after Max asking him if he wanted some spotted dick. Of course it made me giggle. Now I want to climb a mountain and meet a mountain pony. Definitely recommend the book. It was a fun read, full of humor, great friendships, a little bit of romance and of course tea and books. Can't wait to read more books by the author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from HQ Digital through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Very enjoyable story about Rosie, a hard working Michelin starred sous-chef who is cheated on and dumped by her husband. He is also a chef and the gossip is rife in their community so Rosie decides to have a complete change after the split, as she needs to find a new home anyway. She decides that she also needs a break from her hectic life so she ends up buying a bright pink camper van called Poppy, hands in her notice at her job, and heads off into the sunset to sell comfort food at festivals around the country. This decision may have been drink fuelled(!), as she didn't initially remember even buying Poppy until it's previous owner turned up to deliver it, but it was the best decision she ever made. It was a steep learning curve, driving a van around the country, living and cooking in a small space, and trying to make ends meet. But she made some lovely friends (Aria and Max) and found romance and a new life along the way, albeit with a slightly mysterious email 'friend' helping her along the way. There was a lovely feeling to the whole book and I really enjoyed Rosie's journey, and absolutely loved Max!
Can you imagine giving up your good life as a sous-chef, buying a van, and hitting the road? Takes a lot of guts to do it....that is just what Rosie did... She was a sous-chef in a posh London restaurant and loving her life with her husband...until her birthday....the husband decides their life isn't what he wanted...Rosie had their life all planned...but she didn't plan on him leaving her for another, younger woman! She gets drunk thinking what it would be like to have her own restaurant...the next morning she is surprised by a knock on the door...it's not her husband changing his mind...she bought herself a van to hit the road... Travelling tea shop? Will it work? You will have to read the story to find out... Kind of a comical story and filled with self discovery... Recommend