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A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

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It’s full of sweetness (with not too much sugar), a top notch romantic relationship, letting go friendships, but forming new ones, and tons of cooking and baking. There is no spice, which I find refreshing because I dont want to read chapters of that in a short book. Lila slowly falls in love with England, its culture, food, tea, and inevitably with our charming British hero. But between spring and graduation, Lila’s abuela dies, her best friend abandons her, and her long-time boyfriend dumps her.

I've been in my UK obsession phase at the moment, since I hate it here and want to move over there, or at least visit, but this definitely helped my obsession grow. I'm wearing his sweater and it's okay and a new kind of good that I'm starting to wear his city, too. There was one thing I did find a bit odd in this and should’ve been picked up in editing: Lila’s best friend ditches their plans to go to a “village in Africa” – and what does that mean? Laura Taylor Namey is the New York Times bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club pick A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, and The Library of Lost Things. I can see why Owl and Crow guests rave about the afternoon tea served in the parlor, but there’s too much sugar in this scone.Lila’s grief was really well written and her struggles were often a bit dramatic but Lila is 17 and things that happen at that age, feel dramatic. Like many of the buildings we passed in town, the Owl and Crow looks like something straight out of a Jane Austen novel.

At the beginning of the book, her grandma died, her boyfriend broke up with her and she had a falling out with her best friend. Her favourite tea, the one she’ll turn to when she needs it, which, as an avid tea drinker who has at least 20 different types of tea in her cupboard at any given time, I absolutely loved.After losing her grandmother, her best friend and her boyfriend in the matter of a couple of months, Lila’s mental health take a deep dive and her parents decide to send her to England for the summer, to live with some family friends in a small inn in Winchester.

Here’s my short review of my last read for 2020, A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey.My eyes struggle to adjust, trading palm trees and peach stucco for weathered brick and steepled churches—just like the tiny stone parish next door.

Any "Author Information" displayed below reflects the author's biography at the time this particular book was published. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow has its place in a collection dedicated to teen stories, especially for a passionate baker or someone with a serious jones for Miami. I expected something good, but it felt really lackluster and it may have been because of my expectations.For hours, I pushed past every hazard sign my body threw out, crossing neighborhood boundaries, until dinnertime came and went. Her sister finds Lila passed out miles from home, having run herself to exhaustion in the Miami heat, so her anxious family forces her to spend the summer in England with a friend of the family who owns an inn.

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