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The Tea House on Mulberry Street

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,726 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews

The old tea house on Mulberry Street in Belfast hasn't changed much over the years. But it's about to bear witness to some significant transformations ...


Daniel Stanley might make the most glorious deserts in the whole of Ireland, but he won't support his wife Penny's desire to have at least one bun in the oven. And the owners of Muldoon's Tea Rooms are just two of the peo

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Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published (first published 2003)
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Tambra
Jun 29, 2008 Tambra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mostly light, Irish novel. In the style of Maeve Binchy with the plot driven by stories of individual characters. A bit too much mid-life crisis, infidelity, and broken marriages to be uplifting overall. The main characters' story was the most interesting and redeeming for me. The other stories had some delightful moments.
I'm going to look for another novel by this author to see if it is of a different subject matter because I did like the writing style.
Sandie
Jul 26, 2009 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to Muldoon’s Tea Room home of delicious cherry cheesecake and meeting place for the vast array of characters who inhabit this Belfast neighborhood. Owners, Penny and Daniel Stanley have done little else but work in the tea house for the duration of their seventeen year marriage and that mundane existence is getting pretty old for Penny. Their story is the focus of Sharon Owens THE TEA HOUSE ON MULBERRY STREET but truth be told it's really the customers that make a visit to the teahouse a ...more
June Louise
I'm a fan of tea-rooms. There are times I pop into my favourite local tea-room for a latte, grab a window seat and watch people passing by, or other customers, and wonder what stories their normal lives hold. Scandal? New discoveries? Family secrets? Maybe it's because of this that I have given this novel a top rating. I don't give out five star reviews easily, but The Tea House on Mulberry Street deserves this accolade.

The story is based in Belfast, Ireland - the centrepiece of the novel being
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Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first thought on reading this was, "what a delightful little story." While it starts out a bit doom and gloom with several failing relationships, it somehow brings humor into the gloom and ends with the happiest of endings.

The main couple, Penny and Daniel Stanley, are the owners of the Tea house. Daniel is a workaholic and more concerned with his penny-pinching than anything else. Penny is disappointed in the relationship and goes on to have an affair due to Daniel's cold ignorance of her fe
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Kelly Driver
Dec 22, 2010 Kelly Driver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple of months ago while shopping at Big Lots I saw a display of books near the check out. The cover and the title intrigued me as well as the fact that it was only a couple of dollars. I read the jacket and saw that it takes place in Belfast, Ireland and I knew I had to get it.
The setting of the book is an old, dilapidated tea house in Belfast. Ironically enough the owners, Daniel and Penny Stanley, are in an old, dilapidated marriage. Penny, a housewife, finds herself dissatisfied after 17
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Kathryn
This is a light and frothy read but it is fairly forgettable. There were quite a few characters, which I found it a little difficult to keep track of (which may also have something to do with my difficulty in remembering the story). The characters’ lives intersect at the Mulberry Street teahouse, Muldoon’s. The main aspects that stand out in my mind are artist Brenda’s continual letters to Nicolas Cage, Penny’s yearning to have a child (unfortunately not shared by her husband), and her husband, ...more
Nicola
Feb 08, 2011 Nicola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great wee book! Sharon Owens writes brilliantly believable characters! Its a real novelty for me 2 find an Northern Irish author and I find it so fun reading about places I know. I was particularly excited in this book when it mentioned the place where I live and the building where I work! lol
Linda S
The Tea House on Mulberry Street was a sweet, cozy and highly improbable read.
Centering on Muldoon’s Tea Shop, located in Belfast and owned by Daniel and Penny Stanley, the book is peopled by a disparate group of strangers who have little in common except the pastries at the tea shop. There are the Crawley sisters who dedicate their lives to charity and little else. Brenda Brown, the struggling artist, in love with the American actor Nicolas Cage. Sadie and Arnold Glass, she cheats on her diet
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Jen
I downloaded The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens from Audible.com back when I was closing my subscription with them. I had a bunch of credits to spend on audiobooks, so I downloaded about 10 to get to whenever I had time. I have no idea where I got the recommendation for this particular book, but it must have resonated with me because I have three or four more books by her sitting in iTunes for me to listen to when I get around to it. I've seen other reviewers compare Owens's books ...more
Bec
May 18, 2014 Bec rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read after the sadder books I have read lately.

Sharon's story covers the lives of the owners and customers of a cute little tea house in Belfast. Each chapter covers a different person and there isn't too much overlap with the stories which can be annoying in some books.

Sharron's writing is reminiscent of Sheila O'Flanagan and Jill Mansell and a great little touch of Ireland.

Despite the sometimes sadder topics covered of failing marriages, unemployment etc. ultimate this is a fun
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Henni
Apr 22, 2013 Henni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, kaerlighed, 2009, 2013
En hyggeligt "hjørnet-af-sofaen-med-en-kop-te" bog, relativt hurtigt læst, men alligevel med en god portion tyngde i indholdet. Owens fletter flere skæbner sammen i et irsk kludetæppe af romantik, stædighed, facination og drømme alt sammen krydret med beskrivelse af de lækre kager der serveres i Tehuset. Stort set intet er uændret når man er kommet igennem historien, men der er en god stemning og man bkliver i lidt bedre humør, når alle får deres bekomst til slut.

Genlæst 2013 - jeg blev en smule
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Jacula
Apr 09, 2012 Jacula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book 7 stars, I would. There's something about the way an Irish writer tells a tale and how the minutiae are important. Sharon Owens' style has been described as 'Joanna Trollope meets Maeve Binchy' and as 'doing for coffee and cakes what Joanne Harris did for chocolate'. I wouldn't disagree, especially as the last three are favourite authors of mine. I'm looking forward to reading her next book and wish I hadn't let the set I have sit on my bookshelves for so many years bef ...more
Christa
Apr 01, 2016 Christa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel is a combination of Maeve Binchy meets Fay Weldon. It is set in Ireland and starts off in a tea house. We meet the owners, Penny and Daniel whose marriage is falling apart and many of the quirky tea house customers. There are more unhappy couples, a penniless bohemian artist who is obsessed with Nicolas Cage and two spinster sisters who admire their father and then discover that their mother had a fling during the war.

For a while I quite enjoyed reading this novel and following the l
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Roz Curney-Sherod
Nov 03, 2015 Roz Curney-Sherod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I think it should have been categorized as Women's fiction/relationship book. The setting was probably in the UK but most of the time you didn't have to translate the Kings English to American English (Thanks, Harry Potter). The plot of this book is regarding several couples, two single people and sisters. It follows the direction their lives start to take after frequenting a local tea house (which also serves lunch and lite dinners). The owners of the tea house are a ...more
Becky
Feb 11, 2015 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
In Belfast, Ireland, there is a quaint little tea shop owned by Penny and Daniel, whose marriage is breaking at the seams. Visitors to the tea shop include Brenda Brown, a wannabe artist, Claire Fitzgerlad, who is hunting for a man she once slept with, and Sadie "Sponge" whose husband is more interested in selling conservatories than appreciating her. That's without mentioning the Crawley sisters, who dream of meeting the Queen. "The Tea House on Mulberry Street" paints a picture of all of these ...more
Eileen
Jan 21, 2014 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable read that made me laugh. In many ways the author shows how people communicate and put their hopes and dreams in what they deem beautiful. Often, people really are not good judges of the types of people they would be best suited for. Quite a few of the couples found new loves for various reasons.

For a book club, I would ask these questions: What scenes did you find the funniest? Why? Which characters changed the most? How did that occur? Which characters were static? Wh
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Mich
Sep 25, 2009 Mich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
takes place in a belfast tearoom.. each chpt is about different customers and their lives.. REALLY liked this book, not quite amazing but almost. a happy read, definatly entertaining! would def recommend!
light reading with very likeable characters!!
Angela
Apr 19, 2012 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read this in one day - it made me want to eat cake. It was a cute book - read it when you have the flu or an evil hangover. You only really need one eye open.
Laurie
Jul 22, 2010 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lite-lit, ireland, audio
A wee bit 'o fluff, kind of Maeve Binchy lite. It was lovely listening to all of the narrator's lilting accents.
Lydia Bailey
A light and easy read but not going to set the world on fire.
Christie Stratos
This book was enjoyable in reading about everyone's various problems, but their problems were too much the same. Everyone is cheating on everyone. Apparently everyone marries the wrong person and needs to either leave that person or have a life-altering experience and then stay with that person. 90% the former though. I found myself becoming irritated at how ridiculous it sounded for every single married couple to have at least one cheating spouse. I'm not sure why there weren't different proble ...more
Aisyah Samuin
My friend recommended this book to me. I must say, I would not naturally gravitate towards this type of book because what else could you expect from a book based on tea shops? I read a few, liked them but truth be told, it's pretty cliche, ain't it? Meeting your one true love in a quaint tea shop somewhere in a quiet town (cough, cough, Billy and Me. I liked it though.. the start of the book was pretty hard to get into but that's for another review..haha)

For this particular book, I was quite hes
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Kristin The Bookworm
It's 1999 and a new millennium looms on the horizon. It's the sort of thing that makes you sit down and contemplate your life. Penny loves beautiful things, but she is married to Daniel, who might be the most stingy man on the planet. To top it off, the only thing he's remotely passionate about, is his cooking. Together, they run the tea house on Mulberry street. One of their guests is Brenda, the starving painter who spends a considerable amount of time writing love letters to Nicolas Cage. The ...more
Kellie
What a nice story this was. The Tea House was the center. ******SPOILER ALERT*********There were several stories that centered around the teahouse because that’s where the people went. The owners, Penny and Daniel, had their own personal difficulties. The “Creepy Crawler” twins were being honored for all the charity money they collected. Brenda, who lived in the flat connected to the Tea House, was an artist and had a crush on Nicholas Cage. Sadie caught her husband cheating and had her own plan ...more
Holli
Apr 28, 2008 Holli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book even though it wasn’t the most well-written book I’ve ever read. I like books that have multiple characters and the author did a pretty good job of weaving their lives together around the Tea House. Some of the characters were a bit exaggerated and caricatured, but they still made for a fun read. I was interested to find out what happened to all of them. I liked the setting of the Tea Shop, although I would have liked more focus on the tea/food. I also enjoyed reading the Ir ...more
Ilona
Jan 08, 2013 Ilona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a lovely book to read on a quiet Christmas evening though the events take place not only in December. The whole book is more like a fairy-tale story, but we sometimes need such kind of books to bring so light to our lives, don't we?
The author managed to combine several storylines into single entity. The composition of the novel is arranged around the teahouse which is owned by main characters - Penny and Daniel Stanley who are trying to save their marriage. But somehow these very character
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GotMyReservations
Apr 02, 2013 GotMyReservations rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her debut novel, Sharon Owens has woven together an ensemble cast of twisty Irish characters, set in the sometimes grim face of Belfast. Penny and Daniel Stanley own and operate Muldoon's Tea Rooms, which Penny inherited from her parents, but they've both got secrets. Brenda Brown lives next door in a crumbling apartment and creates dark paintings that reflect her sad spirit -- and she's a "true fan" of Nicholas Cage. The Crawley sisters have devoted their life to helping others and basking i ...more
Amy Deger
I really enjoyed this book, which I listened to via audio recording. Muldoons Tea room feels like a place that you can sit quietly on an afternoon to read a good book when this trail of character's walk through and catch your attention. The tea house, run by Penny and Daniel, grounds them to the town but also holds them in a past that Penny is no longer enchanted with. Brenda, a struggling artist, visits the tea shop regularly to write desperate love letters to Nicholaus Cage. Sadie hides from h ...more
Joy
Sep 08, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens reads like a great ensemble film, like Love, Actually, which weaves characters & story lines on top of each other seamlessly.

Muldoon's Tea Rooms, a quaint & fading establishment on the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, serve as the backdrop & main character of this delightful, lighthearted read. Penny & Daniel, owner's of Muldoon's, are struggling to keep their sinking business &a
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Littlemissmartina
Jun 09, 2013 Littlemissmartina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Here are some questions I get asked a lot:

DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A WRITER?

No, it never crossed my mind, though I have always loved books.

WHAT BOOKS DID YOU LOVE AS A CHILD?

THE BORROWERS
THE BORROWERS AFIELD
THE BORROWERS AFLOAT
THE BORROWERS ALOFT
THE BORROWERS AVENGED, all by Mary Norton
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