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The Tea Chest

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,467 ratings  ·  203 reviews
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 14, 2014 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 wer ...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 initially ...more
Mar 05, 2014 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 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.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 14, 2016 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
Mar 11, 2014 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 17, 2014 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.
Jan 11, 2014 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
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
3.5 stars

I have a few top favourite genres and this is one of them. I’m always left feeling happy after an easy, fun and light chick lit read. And Josephine Moon did a wonderful job of pasting a huge smile on my face as this was thoroughly delightful. This is my first book by this author and it certainly won’t be my last.
Josephine Moon created an excellent cast of characters, the three women working for Kate were extremely likeable and a bunch of women that are easy to relate to.

I found the ide
Feb 19, 2016 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 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 bo ...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
May 18, 2014 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
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
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
As a tea drinker—and a coffee fiend—I really appreciated the attention to detail which author Josephine Moon pays to the timeless brew in this debut novel. The fictional chain store ‘The Tea Chest’ in not unlike some of the wonderful boutique tea shops that I have frequented, and for me, it’s like visiting a magical place. Naff I know, but it must have something to do with all of those heady aromas. To her credit, Moon manages to capture this to a tee (pun intended).

Kate Fullerton is the heroine
Nov 27, 2013 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 s ...more
Jan 25, 2014 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 th ...more
Samira Salimi
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every woman should read this book. It talks about how much women have capability to build up their strength & follow their ambitions. It was my second book by the author Josephine Moon. She is into foods. All in all you will like tea especially herbal teas more after reading this book.
Melinda Elizabeth
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Who are these people? What are they doing? How do they know each other? Will someone PLEASE explain to me what's going on?!

These were my first thoughts reading The Tea Chest. I feel like I've picked up a book halfway through and I'm expected to know who all these people are and what they are doing. So eventually that confusion is cleared up slightly, and you're left with a woman trying to sell tea to the English. A joke that is replayed a number of times. It wasn't funny the first time, we get
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
What a pleasant and entertaining book. I picked this book up from my local library for 50 cents as I knew it was a book my sister wanted (she is a Josephine Moon fan) and decided to read it before I pass it on to her.
The title drew me in firstly as I am such a lover of tea. I just loved the story, the way it moved through the lives of three women (plus one sister) who all had there own life dramas. They came together as strangers to become not only work mates but good friends and confidants!
It w
Sam (Hissing Potatoes)
Chick-lit isn't usually my cup of tea (pun intended!), but the promised aesthetic of a tea shop drew me in, and the feminism kept me there. This book is a lovely comfort read and absolutely delivered on the tea vibe. I loved how the women dealt with their own issues but also built a safety net among themselves over the course of the story. (I do wish Leila had come clean with Lucas about the email, though.) There was more depth and complexity than I expected, and Moon did a great job of promotin ...more
Bree T
Jan 06, 2014 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 fr ...more
Han Le flueff
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Quite disappointed with The Tea Chest, as I absolutely loved The Chocolate Promise and had great expectations for this one. It did pick up a bit towards the end, but I had to push myself to keep reading throughout the first half of the novel.
Melissa Riley
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Enjoyable read but a little predictable. Lol forward to reading Josephine Moon's other books. great holiday read with ties to home.
Sam Still Reading
Dec 30, 2013 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 i ...more
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“Then she stood in front of Elizabeth, her hands on her hips. ‘Now, this is the plan.’
Thank God. There was a plan. She didn’t have to try to figure out this horrible mess herself. She just had to follow the plan.
‘I’ve told work you’re not coming in for a few days. Your sister has organised for John to be out of the house for the next two hours. We’re going to your place and we’re packing three suitcases of your things. Then you’re coming back to my house for two days, and I will feed you cups of tea, chocolate, ice cream and vodka on constant rotation as the mood necessitates. You can resign from your job when you feel ready. Then you’re getting on a plane.’
‘A plane?’
‘Your parents have organised a ticket home to London.”
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