Book Review: Tea & Primroses by Tess Thompson

February 25, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 4

Book Review: Tea & Primroses by Tess ThompsonTea & Primroses by Tess Thompson
Series: The Legley Bay Collection #2
Published by Booktrope on February 16th 2014
Genres: Mystery, Romance
Pages: 250
Source: Booktrope
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Nothing is as it seemed in calm, quaint Legley Bay.

Famous novelist Constance Mansfield lived a seemingly straightforward – if private – and somewhat predictable life. Friends, beloved daughter Sutton, a beautiful home, and all the success an author could wish for. A perfect life….but was it?

When a hit and run accident suddenly takes her mother’s life, Sutton finds hidden secrets with her heartbreak. Emotional walls she assumed Constance had built to protect her privacy may have been to protect something – or someone – else entirely. Family and friends return home for support, including her own lost-love, Declan. He’s the first thing she craves to help her cope with her loss and the questions she’s left with, but he’s also the last person she wants to see. Will he be able to put down roots at last?

Can the loss of true love be the making of a life, or is it destined to be the undoing of everything? When money, power and love combine across time, anything is possible.


my thoughts doneOk… get ready for some fan girling! I just cannot help myself when I read Tess Thompson’s work, she’s just that freaking good!

Instantly, and I do mean page one, I found myself in love (yet again!) with the writing. Before I was even reading about the characters I knew that I would fall in love with this book. Her writing is so eloquent and extraordinary that I can’t help myself. This is also a quiet time book. I wanted coffee and absolutely NO freaking distractions. Nose glued to Kindle the entire time! Awesome!

The characters were the second thing I loved about this. Somehow Tess was able to add in all of these characters and instead of feeling mired I felt intense love for them all. Every new character that was introduced was inserted into my book family. It was so amazing because each character has a bit to their backgrounds but never, not once, did I feel like it was too much. Everyone fit so gracefully into this plot that I wouldn’t ask for anyone to be left out! Sutton was definitely one of my favorite characters but they are all so fabulous that I really hate to choose. Although, whew… Declan! I’m on team Declan for sure!!

Ohhh… and boy does this one get emotional. Look! I’m not an emotional gal. I tend to be very logical about things but the tone and the story behind this… holy cow! I found myself crying multiple times! Every time one of Constance’s letters or her will was read I knew that was it for me! Even in death that lady (yet another amazing character) was able to bring out so much emotion. It’s emotional but it was so good that I didn’t want to stop. The more I found out the more I wanted to know!

This is technically book two in the Legley Bay Collection and although I thoroughly recommend all of Tess Thompson’s books, if you have not read the first you will not have a challenge getting into this. The books are about different characters and can be read separately. Although to reiterate totally worth reading all of them!


the author

Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright. She has a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California.After some success as a playwright she decided to write a novel, a dream she’d held since childhood. She began working on her first novel, Riversong while her second daughter was eight months old, writing during naptimes and weekends. She considers it a small miracle and the good-nature of her second child (read: a good napper) that it was ever finished. Riversong was released in April 2011 by Booktrope, a Seattle publisher and subsequently became a #1 Nook book and Kindle best seller. Learn more about Booktrope at www.booktrope.comLike her main character in Riversong, Tess is from a small town in Southern Oregon. She currently lives in Snoqualmie, Washington with her two small daughters where she is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.

She was an active member of the theatre community in Seattle as an actor and director during the late nineties. In 2000 she wrote her first full-length play, My Lady’s Hand which subsequently won the 2001 first place prize for new work at the Burien Theatre.

A voracious reader, Tess’s favorite thing to do is to curl up on a rainy afternoon and read a novel. She also enjoys movies, theatre, wine and food. She is fed emotionally by her friends and family and cherishes relationships above all else.

Tess will be releasing her second novel, Caramel and Magnolias, in February 2013. She is busy working a historical fiction set in 1930’s Alabama that is based on a short story of her great-great grandmother’s.

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Tea & Primroses by Tess Thompson”

    • Christina

      Thank you! It really was amazing! As if that didn’t come through all the fan girling!