Book Title: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop
Author: Roselle Lim
Goodreads Link: Click here
Release Date: 8/4/20
Star Rating: – Truly delightful!
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have been dying to review this book! I have to admit first off that romance isn’t a genre I tend to get into, not in books, tv or movies. But lately, maybe I’m softening up in my old age because I got really into a super cute romance K-Drama on Netflix for the first time (Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung if you’re interested – loved it!) just recently, and when I kept seeing people posting about this book on Twitter I looked into the author. Her timeline is full to the brim with cute pics, and these little plushies … I’m not sure if she makes them or not but they are adorable … so I decided to take the plunge and try for this ARC. The Netgalley gods smiled on me. Here’s the synopsis…
Become enamored with the splendor of Paris in this heartwarming and delightful story about writing one’s own destiny and finding love along the way.
Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tea leaves.
Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.
The day before her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa accidentally sees her own fate: death by traffic accident. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric aunt, Evelyn, shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to America and bonjour to Paris. While working at Evelyn’s tea stall at a Parisian antique market, Vanessa performs some matchmaking of her own, attempting to help reconnect her aunt with a lost love. As she learns more about herself and the root of her gifts, she realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is. – Goodreads
I feel like I just don’t have the right words to describe how much I loved this charming little book. Delightful! Enchanting! Diverting! Captivating! All of those words and more. This book reminds me of everything I loved about old Audrey Hepburn movies like Roman Holiday and Sabrina. There is a little sprinkle of magic on every page. It makes you feel the way I can only imagine it must be like to be in Paris in the springtime.
All of this is a credit to the authors ability to create mood and atmosphere. The people are charming, the locations are amazing, the air smells delicately floral, and the food … omg the food. I wanted all of the treats she described in this book!! I don’t think I’ve felt so inspired to taste what I’ve read about in a book since I read A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle many years ago. I actually tried to make palmiers after I read Vanessa Yu (reader, I burned them).
I can’t say too much about the plot because I feel like the synopsis did a good job, but I will say that I looked forward to the end of every day so I could get cuddled up in bed and keep reading this book. I’m very much looking forward to reading Ms. Lim’s first book soon, in fact, I just borrowed it from the library. I can’t recommend this book enough. If you’re looking for a sweet, kind, tasty getaway during lockdown this is the book for you.
Song for this book: La Vie en Rose by Michael Buble & Cecile McLorin Salvant