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A Cup of Tea by Amy Ephron
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Feb 07, 10

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Read in February, 2010

SPOILER ALERT!!! I picked this book up this morning while drinking my own cup of tea and didn't put it down until it was finished. Obviously a quick read, this book is a beautifully written love tragedy that takes place during WWI. A homeless woman named Eleanor is taken home for a cup of tea by a flighty woman named Rosemary. Rose is engaged to a dashing man names Phillip who falls instantly in love with Eleanor as soon as he lays eyes on her. Rose kindly sends El on her way, but Phillip manages to find her and thus, the affair begins. Phillip and Rose get married, but El is preggers with Phil's child. He's off at war and it's rumored that he dies, but he ends up turning up the way these cheating men have a habit of doing. He sees his kid and decides, I'm leaving Rose for El and baby. Rose decides to have the last word and kills him dead with a letter opener. And there you have it.

I really do think the book was beautifully written though...sad.
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