The Afternoon Tea Club by Jane Gilley
ebook, 327 pages
Expected publication: December 12th 2019 by Avon Books UK
About the Book:
Everyone’s welcome at The Afternoon Tea Club. Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond and Dora each hold a different story to their chest – lost loves, abandoned dreams, crippling self-confidence issues, and simply feeling invisible. For each of them, the thought of letting those stories out is almost as terrifying as letting strangers in, and that makes for a very lonely life indeed. But when these four strangers who have struggled to “fit in” end up on the same table for an event at their local community centre, little do they know that their lives are about to be entwined and changed forever because of an Afternoon Tea club.
Jane Gilley has the ability to understand the inner self of people, consequently she has written another fine book. Maybe it is even my favourite. She has made the characters endearing and it is filled with tenderness and this book really moved me. I thought this was a delightful read. It made me smile, it made me contemplate the aging process and the impact friendships and the past have on our everyday lives and it was full of wonderful characters.
With its intriguing story, poetic descriptions and surprise ending, I devoured the book. I hope readers can appreciate her depiction of characters whom she has honoured. It is very carefully woven, so remember the details. This was a very moving book. It is not often one gets to read a novel with such a poignant insight into people. I look forward to her next book.
Thank you NetGalley, Jane Gilley and Avon Books UK for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.