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The Tea Chest

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A beautifully engaging novel set in the world of a boutique London tea shop.

'I loved it - a perfect blend of sweet and spice.' - Jenny Colgan

'What a gloriously wonderful read. I loved it.’ - Cathy Kelly

Kate Fullerton, talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, could never have imagined that she'd be flying from Brisbane to London, risking her young family's f
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Allen & Unwin
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Jun 01, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
What a sweet story, centred on the visions of Simone and Kate, who meet at a market store where Kate is lovingly selling and creating tea. The story incorporates a group of women who have their own stories to tell, whose lives intermingle with love and disappointment, families and heartbreak. There is so much to know about tea, who'd have known! It was a nice centrepiece to a contemporary novel, it was enjoyable and light, much like your favourite cuppa I guess. Images of Brisbane and London ...more
Dale Harcombe
Being a lover of jacarandas, this book had me on page two when it described the enormous jacaranda outside the shop. It is a lovely description. There are lots of other equally descriptive passages conveyed in a few words. This is a mildly humours book about a group of women, for various reasons pulled out of their comfort zones. I felt a bit pulled around between them all and their individual stories and had a little trouble relating to the attitudes and lifestyle of these young women ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
Kate Fullerton is about to take an almighty leap of faith. She is a talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, a store chain with locations throughout Australia. After the tragic death of Kate's friend and previous owner Simone she vows to take on the huge task of trying to sell tea to the English. Kate will travel to London to set up up shop a move that will put her young families future at risk in a bid to honour Simone's legacy and save the business she loves dearly.

Kate hires L
☼♄Jülie 

I enjoyed reading this light and easy story about the dynamics and relationships between a group of women business partners and the impacts on their personal lives, while combining to run, maintain and manage two very successful Tea Chest Shops in Sydney and the same time finding the means to establish a new store in England.

This new Tea Chest Shop was to be a new, daring venture into the overseas market, and was to be fashioned from an old rundown shop which had been previously p
Dec 21, 2014 Phrynne rated it it was ok
I am struggling to review this book - trying to think of something to say! It was a light, mildly entertaining book, probably described best as a beach read, that is no concentration necessary. Oh except when it suddenly pops back in time which does make the reader jerk to attention. The characters are all smart and beautiful and whenever something bad happens there is always a feeling that it will get better very quickly. Just an okay read - nothing memorable.
THE TEA CHEST opens with Kate inheriting a half share of ‘The Tea Chest’ from its owner Simone. The other half is owned by Simone’s hateful half-sister Judy and she just wants to sell up and walk away. ‘The Tea Chest’ is a shop that sells specialty teas and associated tea related knick-knacks. There is the branch in Brisbane, where the story opens, another one in Sydney and a third one is scheduled to open up in London. Selling tea to the British is going to be a huge task, but Kate believes in ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Marianne rated it liked it
The Tea Chest is the first novel by Australian author, Josephine Moon. Kate Fullerton is a happily married mum of two boys, and a tea artisan at an exclusive Brisbane tea boutique. When her patron, Simone Taylor, half-owner of The Tea Chest franchise, dies, Kate is surprised to learn that she has inherited Simone’s half share. The pressure is immediately on from the other half-owner, Judy Masters, to sell up, but Kate is determined to fulfil Simone’s dream of a Tea Chest shop in London.

Kate is
Apr 06, 2014 Carol rated it did not like it
First a big thank you to good reads for giving me the opportunity to read this book pre release. Was looking forward to this book as had been likened to authors such as cathy Kelly etc. This debut novel was a huge letdown from the beginning to the end. Had to force myself to finish the book it seemed to me to have no substance whatsoever and the characters in the story didn't seem to gell together. This book jumped from one character to another with really nothing binding them together
You know how there are some books that you just know from the opening lines that you are going to love them? Admittedly this instinct is often a bit askew in me…but it wasn’t this time.

The story is told in the present day with the main character, Kate, inheriting a tea-making business called The Tea Chest from Simone. She heads to London to open a branch of the tea shop there, aided and abetted by 3 other women and her very supportive husband, Mark.

As well as the present day story, there are fl
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

The future of the 'The Tea Chest', a boutique chain offering gourmet and custom tea blends, is in doubt after Simone Taylor's sudden death. Judy, Simone's step-sister and part owner, is desperate to sell but Kate Fullerton, who inherited Simone's share of the business, is determined to follow through on her mentor's vision and launch a new store in London. It's a huge undertaking, a scary financial risk, and means leaving her husband and young sons behind in Australia for months, but if it succe
May 22, 2014 Avril rated it it was ok
I gave up at 37%. too many flashbacks, very confusing and disjointed. We do not stay long enough with any character to care about them or frankly to care at all.
Apr 13, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
***SPOILERS*** I have added a few of my favourite lines and comments at the end of this review

'Kate Fullerton, talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, could never have imagined that she'd be flying from Brisbane to London, risking her young families future, to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down.
Meanwhile, Leila Morton has just lost her job; and if Elizabeth Clancy had know today was the day she would appear on the nightly news, she might at leas
Mar 01, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it
The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon is a delightful, easy-to-read adventure of dreams of owning and setting up a Tea Shop in London naming it The Tea Chest.

It is an enchanting and witty novel of real-life situations.

I'm a Tea Addict so I naturally loved this book!

Rose petal tea, lavender, lemon myrtle, chai, bergamot just to name a few. Of course, there are many other varieties and concoctions to delight your taste buds!

I won't tell you what they all are as you must read and savour this all for your
Dymocks Morley
May 03, 2014 Dymocks Morley rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
What a fantastic story! I was absorbed from the first page, enjoying the characters and storyline, and the events that brought them together. The story flowed so well, with flashbacks that were informative and easy to understand and follow. I thoroughly enjoyed that there were unexpected twists and could not put the book down. As with all books, the time it took to read was a gift I give myself...but now I am left to mourn the end of the book, and to miss the wonderful characters. A beautiful ...more
Need more books like this. The Tea Chest was absolutely lovely. As a tea fanatic and someone who has an interest in design this book spoke perfectly to me (and my business background too). I loved Moon's style of writing, her imagery was stunning and everything was depicted in such a picturesque manner. Her characters all had very distinctive and unique personalities which made it easy to distinguish between who I was reading.

I really want to visit England now and, more than ever, I wish The Tea
Josephine Moon's The Tea Chest is a pleasant, deeply satisfying, sweet read.

When Simone Taylor leaves her half of the Tea Chest (which sells high-end exotic tea blends) to her tea designer Kate Fullerton, rather than to her step-sister, financial backer and co-owner, Judy Masters, Kate is faced with the biggest decision of her life. Should she play safe and sell her share as Judy urges her to do (for her own reasons) or should she risk all she and her husband Mark have achieved, her home, and f
Jul 27, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing
was offered a copy of this book by Sam Redman at Allen & Unwin the publishers for The Tea Chest in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give. Firstly, I have to mention the marketing for this book - it is the best I've seen in years. I received my copy of The Tea Chest along with a beautiful t-towel, t-bag to make my own brew and a hand written post card hoping I'd enjoy the book.

Simone part owner of the Tea Chest, met Kate at the market where she had a successful stal
Nov 27, 2013 Tarran rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book and fell in love with the concept immediately. I loved the cover, which drew me straight away. Then when I read the blurb I was hooked. I love tea and the different flavours you can find and create for yourself. Elizabeth was a great character, strong yet insecure. I liked how the author wove the friendship of the three women and linked them all into a fantastic group. The difficulties in opening up another tea shop and the risk of trusting your money to ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was fortunate to receive a free advance copy of this book from Good Reads, and enjoyed it very much. It explored a variety of themes: romance, betrayal, trust, self belief, familial love, women's struggles to "have it all", and the comforts of food and drink (tea, of course, in particular). The writing was engaging, and the story contained enough twists and turns to keep the reader anticipating the next page. I did, however, find the flashbacks inserted here and there rather disjointed, and ...more
Bree T
Apr 09, 2014 Bree T rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, aww2014
For Kate Fullerton, working at The Tea Chest in Brisbane was her dream job. It came along at an inconvenient time but with some co-operation from her husband they were able to really make it work. A few years down the track Kate suddenly finds herself a part owner in the business she loves so much and she feels the responsibility to leave Brisbane and fly to London and overtake the opening of a store there. It’s going to be a very difficult job – the shop they’re leasing is hemorrhaging money ...more
Sam Still Reading
Apr 12, 2014 Sam Still Reading rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Maeve Binchy and Cathy Kelly
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: ARC from publisher - thank you!
Thank you to Allen & Unwin and The Reading Room for the ARC of The Tea Chest.

The Tea Chest is a delightful story revolving around friendship, relationships and most of all tea, so I think it’s appropriate that I’m on my third cup while I write this review. (It’s a black tea from Queensland, appropriate as the book starts in Brisbane). It’s cosy and heart-warming, plus filled with some gorgeous combinations of teas that I’ve never thought of. Tea lovers will definitely rejoice in this book an
It is almost like a dream come true when Kate Fullerton becomes a part-owner of The Tea Chest, a boutique tea shop. Free to let her creativity run wild, The Tea Chest gives Kate the opportunity to create, blend and share her love of tea with the public. But dreams can go awry. When Kate has to fly to London to start up the newest branch of the store she loves, she has to face financial difficulties, being so far away from her husband and two young children, and the trouble of finding labourers ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
Kate Fullerton loves her job as a tea designer for The Tea Chest, she spends her days dreaming up all sorts of delectable tea treats for her discerning customers in the beautiful surroundings created by her boss Simone. Combined with her husband's successful career and their small family, life seems good.

After Simone's tragic and unexpected death, Kate finds herself the owner of a half-share in The Tea Chest and is determined to realise Simone's dream of opening a branch in London - the other si
Jul 25, 2015 Catsalive rated it liked it
Shelves: aww-previous, 2015
cover blurb:
Kate Fullerton, talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, could never have imagined that she'd be flying from Brisbane to London, risking her young family's future, to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down.

Meanwhile, Leila Morton has just lost her job; and if Elizabeth Clancy had known today was the day she would appear on the nightly news, she might at least have put on some clothes. Both need to start again.

When the three women's paths
Apr 09, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it
This is a review of the kindle version and I have to point out first of all that this version “opens” at page one of chapter one, but you really need then to arrow back right to the start of the book to read the prologue – if you don’t read this, then the first part of the book in particular will just feel confusing. This is a story that does tend to jump around a bit with flashbacks inserted into it, and sometimes the end of those flashbacks are not clearly defined, especially in the first few ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Anne rated it liked it
I'm sure this broke my rules on so-called chick-lit somewhere along the line. Nothing in candy coloured covers with cartoon women on the front. Well, there were no cartoon women - unless you count the ones between the pages.

The idea of the tea shop was wonderful. I wanted to mix blends and have a go in the indoor garden. The idea of the story was debatable however. Judy seems to be punished for losing her baby, Leila isn't punished enough for her errors and what was the point of Victoria? She ha
Feb 10, 2014 Vicky rated it really liked it
I received this book as an advance reading copy and found it charming, mildly humorous and an enjoyable read.

We meet the three main characters of this book: Kate, Leila and Elizabeth within the first few pages. These seemingly disconnected characters, lifestyles and their personal troubles initially seem distracting but they develop as the book matures. The other characters that shine through as integral to the story – Simone, Judy and Mark also appear within the first few pages. Simone, althou
Jul 11, 2014 Thebooktrail rated it really liked it
Can you really sell tea to the English?

Can an Australian ever hope to run a successful tea shop deep in the heart of London?

Kate Fullerton, certainly hopes so.

For Kate is a talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest in Chelsea, London. She could never have imagined that she’d be flying half way around the world from Brisbane in order to save the business from closure. But as she embarks on this personal mission, she is risking more personal issues at home.

Then she meets Leila and El
Blodeuedd Finland
I breezed through this book in a matter of hours. I had meant to read half today and half tomorrow, but when I had started I could not stop. It was sweet, yet still real and delightful. It also really made me want to visit The Tea Chest and get some tea specially made for me.

It's a story about 3 women. Kate who designs teas and sets out to open a new store in London. She loves this job but things are falling apart around her. Then there is Leila who quits her job and has no idea what to do next.
Diane Will
Aug 08, 2014 Diane Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Thank you for my free copy via a giveaway on Goodreads.

Delightful, easy read, nice characters and simple storyline. 'The Tea Chest' involves the coming together of three women, with one thing in mind, to make 'The Tea Chest' a success. For Kate it meant leaving her family behind in Australia and pursuing and completing the opening of the shop in London. Leila and Elizabeth have a chance meeting with Kate and come on board. It comes with the usual trials and tribulations, trusting a stranger with
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Hello! I like to think of my books as being like a good chocolate brownie--rich, comforting, uplifting, but with a few chunky nuts to chew on. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia and now have the great pleasure of writing books for a living. I am published by Allen & Unwin in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. "Beekeeper's Secret" is my latest title. I write about what I love and that ...more
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