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Tea with Emma (The Teacup Novellas #1)

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  1,046 ratings  ·  152 reviews
Fresh from a Jane Austen tour in England, Maddie Cooper returns home to Texas, determined to bring a touch of "Austen to Austin." She dreams of opening an authentic English tea room and, like Austen's Emma, put into practice her self-proclaimed gift as a matchmaker. But an airport mishap with a cranky Englishman gets her off on the wrong foot (quite literally), especially ...more
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Published June 20th 2011 by OBT Bookz
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Kathy
As a lover of reading, I have never read a Jane Austen book. Always planned on it, but never picked up one of her books.
This title tempted me to read it and see what a "Jane" themed book was all about. I loved it! A quick fun read. The main character Maddie just returns from a trip to England with her best friend with plans to open up a tea room. She is a lover of anything Jane and her favorite book is Emma. She is much like Emma, playing the matchmaker.
I am now going to read my first Jane Aus
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Nora Petralli Charles
Tea With Emma - The Teacup Novellas - Book One by Diane Moody is a narrative based on Emma by Jane Austen. This sugary-sweet story opens by introducing us to Lucy, a writer who is in the midst of struggling with writers block and a deadline around the corner. She receives an elegantly decorated china teacup in the mail, an inheritance from her late Aunt Lucille. The small teacup gives her inspiration for the novella.

Tea With Emma opens with Maddie, Madeleine Cooper and her friend, Lanie, Elaine
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María
This story was nice but not for me. The modern christian version of Emma was a deception. I dont like the multiples references to God, especially in Ian's conversion, which was very quickly to seem realistic...
The modern turn whit Laney and her ciber boyfriend was inteligent and I like the frame of Maddie story, that was the story of the author, Lucy, who had inherited the tea cups from an excentric aunt. But I don't recommend this book.
The end was so quickly, he didn't speak to her but he apol
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 Gigi Ann
Fresh from a Jane Austen tour in England, Maddie Cooper returns home to Texas, determined to bring a touch of "Austen to Austin." She dreams of opening an authentic English tea room and, like Austen's Emma, put into practice her self-proclaimed gift as a matchmaker. But an airport mishap with a cranky Englishman gets her off on the wrong foot (quite literally), especially when he moves into the university guest house across the street. Can Maddie find a love for her unapproachable new neighbor, ...more
Bridget
This was a cute story..Sweet characters...And I adore them all! Especially Nana & Jonathan...

There were quite a few times I got kind of bored throughout the story and that's why it got a 3/5 stars. But, thinking over the story, it's a sweet story with a message...Which I won't tell here because for who ever reads it..I want them to see it on their own.

Now, Maddie...The main character in this book? There were many times I wanted to shake her, smack her in the back of the head and tell her to
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Duckpondwithoutducks
I read this book because of my sickness (I just can't stop reading books inspired by Jane Austen). This novella is a rough version of Emma by Austen, that takes place in Austin. Only after I finished the book and thought about it could I see the parallels. The main character, Maddie (Emma) is a wannabe matchmaker who takes care of her ailing grandmother (Mr. Woodhouse), and has a friend called Lanie (Harriet) who she tries to fix up with Brad (Mr. Elton) who actually has a thing for Maddie. Then ...more
Cyndi
The story wasn't very good. I mean, come on, if the the main character had ever read Jane Austen's 'Emma' she would have known not to try matchmaking. The happy endings were despite Emma's machinations. But, the recipes at the end of the book look worth trying. So, there's that...
Joanie Bruce
This story is about an author, Lucy, who writes a book, sparked by a tea cup she receives as part of an inheritance from her beloved Aunt Lucille. The main portions of the book is actually a novella Lucy is writing about a woman named Maddie, who is inspired to open a Tea Shop after returning from a trip to England.

What I liked: I enjoyed this book for three major reasons. 1) The main character, Maddie, was cute, outgoing, passionate, and exciting, and the supporting characters had interesting
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Debra
Mar 15, 2012 Debra rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
After thinking about this, I need to change my rating from a 4 to a 3. I really enjoyed the book, but it ended so abruptly. It was like the author ran out of material and just wrapped it up in a neat little bow at the end. It reminds of me of how my 11 year old writes. He writes great stories until he gets tired of writing, and then just ends them with a sentence.
Debbie Phillips
Jan 17, 2014 Debbie Phillips rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians - high school to adult that like clean Christian romance
A great book. I really enjoyed it.

Created by Diane Moody the author of the series. I love her writing. She wrote Confessions of a Prayer Slacker, a spiritual non-fiction that I read last year.

A quick read, a short novella. But very well written.

A story within a story. Really cute.

Lucy is an author, writing books based on the tea cups her Aunt left her when she died. She had been struggling with what to write then the tea cups arrived and characters flooded her mind, they vied for her attention
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Leisa Wilkins
Delightful Read

I enjoyed this novella. It was different and a quick fun read. I finished it in a few hours. I don't want to give it away so I will just say it's different and creative.

I loved the characters and felt like I was there with them. Ms. Moody did a great job weaving my mind and heart into the story. The biblical references were seamless and added to the characters growth and my understanding of them.

I'm an avid tea drinker and fan of tea rooms so this book caught my attention and kept
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Julie
This was such cute story. The characters were so modern and yet had a Austen feel to them that I just adored. At the end of the story I wished where was another book in the series so I could find out what happened next.
Diana
The beginning was great, but then it suddenly to a sharp & odd turn. About halfway through it became a heavy-duty Christian book & it just got clunky & awkward from there.
Deborah
A new favorite for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D
I sat down and read it in an afternoon; LOVED IT!!
Tanya Marie
Charming contemporary version of EMMA. Lovely story that any Janeite would enjoy. Recipes too!!
Joan
Two friends Lanie and Maddie have been to England for a Jane Austen tour and have decided to go back home to Texas to open up a Tea and goodies shop. Let's just say it was a sweet novella, nothing amazing and nothing bad about any of it. It's clean, Christian, and highlights some relationships between men and women, between best friends, between a grand daughter and grandmother and between strangers, wanna be friends and lovers and a relationship with God.

It was only 190 pages long so it gets to
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Marcia
Love any book that includes tea teacups & romance!!
Olivia Rooney
This is short, but sweet. I loved the twist to Jane Austen's book-Emma.
Two complaints: One, this would have been great longer. But I think most novellas tend to be a little rushed anyway. Second, the kiss at the end was much too premature. Maybe they should have waited at least until they knew each other a little more...I mean, yeah, he had a nice British accent and everything and he was handsome, but still! (Maybe they could have even waited until their wedding day ;)).
But I still very much enj
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Susan
Maddie and her friend, Elaine, are Jane Austen fans. After a Jane Austen Tour of England, they decide to open an authentic English tea room in Austin. Of course, there's a cranky professor that Maddie decides to help, and she also considers herself a matchmaker and tries to help Elaine find her true love.

I thought both Maddie and Elaine acted like teenagers, not 30-year-olds. They were both very shallow and trite. And the romance was very formulaic. I don't think I'll be reading any more of the
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Marlene
Tea with Emma, the first of The Teacup Novellas by Diane Moody, is a contemporary romance within another story.

The novella opens with Lucy Alexander, an author with writer's block receiving an inheritance of teacups from her Aunt Lucille, who collected the cups over the years. Lucy is inspired to write a story for each teacup.

In Tea with Emma, Lucy writes her first story. Emma is not a character in either the story or the story within a story. Emma refers to Maddie Cooper, who decides to open
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Georgiana 1792
Matchmaking in a Tea Room

Questa breve novella si sorseggia come una gradevolissima tazza di tè, è scorrevole e accattivante ma, soprattutto, è un breve e simpatico retelling di Emma, e questo è il principale motivo del mio apprezzamento, lo confesso.
Dubito, infatti, che, se non avessi riconosciuto i personaggi del romanzo di Jane Austen riproposti in chiave moderna, sarei riuscita a godermi questa tazza di tè. Per continuare a usare la metafora del tè, potremmo dire che, in generale, il tè non m
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Maki
This was a nice, short romance story. It was Christian, without being overbearing about the fact. I've read books that are MUCH more heavy-handed with throwing in Christianity.

It was also Jane Austen inspired, without making me hate Jane Austen. It was nice to see that with so many romances these days influenced by her work.

The characters...well, okay. The main couple were definitely Jane Austen inspired. But otherwise, I didn't want to bludgeon anyone. And with the books I've been reading latel
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Jessica
This first installment in the Teacup Novellas series is absolutely adorable. Presenting a modern twist on Jane Austen's “Emma”, this book has fun character's and a great storyline.

Synopsis:
Inspired by Jane Austen after a trip to England, Maddie Cooper decides to open her own tea room. Along the way, she tries her hand at matchmaking, only to horribly fail and ruin her friendship in the process. The young scrooge across the street doesn't help matters either. Maddie is sure if she could just find
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Sarah
Age Appropriate For: 13 and up (for mild romance and reading level)
Best for Ages: 13 and up

I wasn’t feeling good, so I decided to take the day off and read some books that I had been wanting to read on my Kindle – some short books. First I read a Christmas book, and then I decided to read a book by an author I have come to love – Diane Moody.

Tea with Emma was perfect. Short, sweet, tea, and Jane Austen. It wasn’t super deep, but there was a nice faith element as well as some awesome lines. The c
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Susan
Since I have never read Jane Austen, I have no preconceived notions about a story that references this book. However, the premise is intriguing. Inspired by teacups, the book is written rather cleverly. I won't give it away, but will say that it is an integral part of the story.

Two friends travel to England to do a tour of Jane Austen, and return home to Texas where one of them, Maddie decides she wants to open an English Tea Room. But first she has to get past the cranky Englishman who they cro
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Sarah
As seen on The Everyday Reader blog

I actually read Tea with Emma about a month ago now, but now seemed the perfect time to review it, as we're in the middle of Austen in August! It's a sweet novella, retelling Austen's Emma in modern Texas. There were aspects of it I really enjoyed and a few, not so much.

Things I loved

The story. It's a clever retelling - Moody doesn't get to bogged down in the details, so while the bones of Emma are definitely there, they don't detract from the modern setting
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Kathryn
I actually started with the second book in the series, and while I wasn't totally lost since each story is a standalone, I think reading this one first might have helped. (The prologue set up the series)

I really like how Ms. Moody set up this series. The prologue and epilogue tell the story of Lucy, a novelist with affections toward a UPS carrier (cute!), and her dog, Gertie. She gets a package from said UPS carrier - Mark; her recently deceased aunt's teacups. Instantly, characters and ideas fl
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Heidi
I have been in a tea mood lately so decided to make myself a nice pot of hot Darjeeling tea and start reading Tea with Emmy by Diana Moody. This novella is part of a series of three. Each book stands apart. It was a nice read with a little Jane Austen thrown in. That can never be a bad thing.

Maddie and her friend Lanie have just returned from a trip to England where they visited Chawton and saw Jane Austen's cottage. While there they visited the tea rooms across the road from the cottage and Mad
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writer...
Next up?!
Austen in August at the Roof Beam Reader's JA Challenge ~

lite and deliteful! an inside look at a writer w/ writer's block , what brings her back on course and the writing gift that treats us to the contemporary retelling of Jane Austen's Emma.

After a Jane Austen tour of England, gifted by her Nana, Maddie returns to Austin driven to create an English tea house a la Jane's Chawton Cottage. Besides the gifted provision for everything needed to get the tea house up and running, Maddie bel
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Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
Oct 01, 2013 Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone.. A sweet and perfect companion with tea..
Late night, a good book, warm tea and then some nice dreams.. Ahh life is so good!! :)
I experienced all the above yesterday when I took up "Tea With Emma" when I couldn't sleep. Amidst the silence of the night broken only by the very faint night sounds, I had only my tea and this splendid book for company.

"Tea With Emma" is the first novella in the Teacup Novella series consisting of four books. I loved the way Diane has structured her story. She tells the story through Lucy who is an author ha
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Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Diane Hale Moody is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She lives with her husband Ken in the rolling hills just outside of Nashville. They are the proud parents of two grown and extraordinary children, Hannah and Ben.

Just after moving to Tennessee in 1999, Diane felt the tug of a long-neglected passion to write again. Since then, she's written a column f
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