An atmospheric read full of amazing character development. Made me want to return to Japan and also made me hungry.
Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Jules Wake for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!
About the Author
Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury brands, taking journalists on press trips to awful places like Turin, Milan, Geneva, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and occasionally losing the odd member of the press in an airport. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to eat amazing food, drink free alcohol, hone her writing skills on press releases and to research European cities for her books.
She writes best-selling warm-hearted contemporary fiction for HarperImpulse.
Under her pen name, Julie Caplin, her thirteenth novel, The Little Teashop in Tokyo will be published in ebook and paperback this June.
- Cheating (inferred/referenced)
- Sexually Explicit Scenes (mild)
- Emotional Manipulation
Grab your passport and escape to a land of dazzling skyscrapers, steaming bowls of comforting noodles, and a page-turning love story that will make you swoon!
For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses paid trip, it looks like her dreams are coming true.
Until she arrives in vibrant, bustling Tokyo and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago, gorgeous photographer Gabe.
Fiona can’t help but remember the heartache of their last meeting but amidst the temples and clouds of soft pink cherry blossoms, can Fiona and Gabe start to see life – and each other – differently?
Review (No Spoilers)
As someone who majored in Japanese and studied abroad in Japan, I was really looking forward to picking this book up! With all of the mentions of Japanese culture, food, and language, Julie had me wishing I could head back to Japan and stay with my host family once again. Sometimes I felt like the writing got a little too much (can someone really love every single food that they try in a foreign country?) but overall I think that the detailed descriptions helped me feel like I was experiencing Japan alongside Fiona.
The main reason that I rated this a 3.5/5 is because for some reason I just couldn’t get attached to any of the characters. I’m a huge sucker for happy endings so I was of course rooting for the two main characters to get together, but I didn’t feel invested in their love story as much as I probably should have been. Why that was is a complete mystery to me because I thought the character development was on point. In fact, the character development was probably what I loved most about The Little Teashop in Tokyo. It’s rare for a book to have as much character growth as this one did and I am extremely grateful for it. I think a part of me had hoped to learn more about these characters’ backgrounds and why they were the way that they were (more so for Gabe).
I admit that it took me a while to get into the plot but things picked up around the half-way point and the last 20% of the book was pretty darn great. If you’re looking to escape to Tokyo in a light atmospheric read, definitely check out The Little Teashop in Tokyo and feel free to follow along the tour! The dates and blog names can be found below.