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The Seafront Tea Rooms

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,231 ratings  ·  372 reviews
The Seafront Tea Rooms is a peaceful hideaway, away from the bustle of the seaside, and in this quiet place a group of women find exactly what they've been searching for.

Charismatic journalist Charlotte is on a mission to scope out Britain's best tea rooms. She knows she's found something special in the Seafront Tea Rooms but is it a secret she should share? Kathryn, a sin
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 9th 2014 by Sphere (first published September 8th 2014)
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Dale Harcombe
Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.
An enjoyable read, even for those of us who are not into high teas, gooey cakes and pastries and all that goes with them. I liked the friendship that developed between journalist Charlotte, who was after Britain’s best tea room, Kathryn, a single mother who ends up helping Charlotte research, and Seraphine, a French au pair with a passion for pastry making. There’s also a bit of romance as you would expect. This is not an angst riddled, thought provoking, read but for a b
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
THE SEAFRONT TEAROOM is a cozy, comfy, sweet read.

Tea, cakes, love, and friendship are all a part of THE SEAFRONT TEAROOM.

We meet three women who start out as strangers and bond over tea, tea rooms, and personal situations.

Charlie works for a magazine that is currently reviewing tea rooms in Scarborough, England. Kat is a single mom who is a tea connoisseur and has a talent for writing. Seraphine is an au pair from France who helps with the tea room reviews.

I fell in love with the idea of visit
Ryca Pryca
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am sorry, but this is definitely not my cup of tea (no pun intended)!
I am actually surprised by the fact that there are so many 4- or even 5-star ratings, since to me this book was nothing more than “cute” characters, pleasant environment and cosy settings at the expense of an annoyingly predictable plot (right up to the wedding) and a story that struggled to develop in a sensible line, but hardly made a step towards any possible direction.
Among other things, I also have to mention the several
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
"The Seafront Tea Rooms" is a best friend. It comes with tears, laughs, cake, tea, heartbreak, passion, secrets, lies, love... Yes, I believe we have all come across this recipe multiple times, but Vanessa Greene's ingredients feel fresh and... so perfectly blended. I truly cannot stop smiling. I am so glad I reached out for it two days ago. It was exactly what I needed to read, to hear.

This is not my first Greene novel. I read her debut a while back and I remember writing that I felt like somet
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is not what I normally go for but I needed a bit of comfort reading after being discharged from hospital and I guess it does what it says on the tin. You won't struggle to see through the 'twists' in the plot and I don't think people have an epiphany quite as often in real life as they do in this book but then it never pretends to be anything but an easy read. If you do not live in the UK, rest assured that we do not consume quite as many baked goods as they do in this story and I don't thi ...more
This was just what I needed, perfect escapism complete with tea and comfort food. A light, easy feel-good read, and completely satisfying.

After a chance meeting in Letty's Seafront Tea Rooms, a special haven in Scarborough, Charlie, Kat and Seraphine become firm friends, sharing tea room research, baking, family crises, relationship dramas and work challenges ... all the normal, every-day nuances of friendship. I'd love to be friends with these women. I also have serious job-envy, well just for
Blodeuedd Finland
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This book was one of those "I wish i could go to a tea room, have some lovely tea, sit there for an hour, eat and chat. " Mmm tea! Yummy things!

This book is about 3 women.
Busy Charlotte, a journalist with no time for love, well she had time but that crushed and burned so she is avoiding it.

Seraphine, an au pair who loves to bake and is also avoiding love. But because of a different reason.

Then there is Kat, a mum who needs a job, and whose husband left cos he could not cope.

This is the story of
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-set-in-uk
Romance novel set in Scarborough UK (“some things are best kept a secret”).....

As satisfying as a tealicious cup of tea, brewed by the owner of the Seafront Tearooms. Meet Letty who runs this cosy place in Scarborough, where Kat, Charlie and Séraphine congregate as they begin to forge a delightfully supportive friendship group.

Séraphine has come to the British seaside town (but isn’t particularly impressed with the weather, obviously) as an au pair to Zoe, Adam’s daughter; Kat lives with her son
Amanda Sayer
This would be good to read if you needed to relax or were stressed. The characters were ok but I felt that they didn't gel together properly…there was something missing but I couldn't quite work out what it was.
As the story plodded along, I found myself waiting for something exciting to happen, the story stayed at the same pace all the way through. I needed some oomf from somewhere which unfortunately never appeared.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This book is light-hearted and fun - just what I needed!

It is not deep, filled with angst or evil but is about a bunch of women and a tea shop in Scarborough. They each have problems and are at crossroads in their lives but they meet and help each other out with the help of tea and cake!

Not a masterpiece, but for what it does - it does very well. Enjoyable and therefore 4 stars!!
Enjoyed the listen very much. Really well narrated and the story was a pleasure. Now I want to visit lots of tearooms like Letty's! ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nt-library-books
Beautifully refreshing read.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve had this book for a while. I’ve found over the years that I need a certain type of book at different times, so I saved this one for holiday. I loved it! I feel like I read it too quickly! It was exactly what I needed. A lovely collection of stories intertwined, a feel good, happy book overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look out for other books by this author!
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this up to read because I needed something light-hearted and easy to read. And the story definitely delivered on those things. It was a good autumnal read as it was set against rainy Scarborough, Whitby, and York (some of my favourite places in England) in cosy tea rooms. I enjoyed watching the friendship between Kat, Charlie, and Seraphine grow. Lots of girls-supporting-girls stuff.
Caly ☯ Crazy Book Lady
It was sweet but not overly sweet and I loved the relationship between Seraphine and Carla as I could very much relate. Would not rush out to read more but I really did enjoy it. Of course I really do love Tea so that helps too 8-)
Excellent! Enjoy reading with a good “CUPPA!”
Rea Cobb
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been longing to read a book by Vanessa Greene as I have heard so many positive things about her writing and what better way to start with her new release The Seafront Tea Rooms which sounds like my idea of heaven!

This book follows a new friendship between Charlie, Kat and Seraphine who come together quite by chance in The Sea Front Tea Rooms. Each of the woman are going through a trying time and could really do with a shoulder to lean on and a friendship soon blossoms between the three wo
Rachel Gilbey
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlie, is a food journalist and has decided to write an article about Britains best tea rooms. She has come up to Scarborough to meet her new niece, and to try and rebuild her relationship with her sister. She discovers the town's best kept secret in "The Seafront Tea Rooms", run by Letty.

The Seafront Team Rooms offers traditional afternoon tea, and all the food their sounds delicious, and there are many varieties of tea on offer. As Charlie is more of a coffee drinker, she takes a tea sugges
Nicola L
3.5 stars.

This was a charming, gentle story to curl up with and offered the perfect bout of escapism after experiencing some much heavier reads as of late. Set in the seaside town of Scarborough (a place I love) it offered nods to nostalgia and childhood and though admittedly pretty twee in places, was a book I enjoyed well enough. As a first time Vanessa Greene reader I would definitely pick up more from her in future if I wanted a light, engaging storyline.

The story revolves around three main
Mindy Conde
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was exactly what I wanted to read yesterday. I spent the day curled up in front of the fire with this book, and of course, pots of tea. It was perfect.

This is a heartwarming story that intertwines the lives of three women in the central setting of the Seafront Tearoom (and it's lovely owner, Letty). Each woman has her own struggles to face, but as they find friendship and connection with one another they're more prepared the things that are coming their way...both good and bad. It was a fa
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I started this book thinking that it will be a book about people who go to the tea rooms and meet each other, help with each others problems etc etc....Except for the final chapter, i don't think tea rooms came into it. It was more of short stories... or that's the version i got, however looking at other reviews i am beginning to think i only got a fraction of the book. Try it and let me know if you find more in this book and i will be happy to review again :) ...more
To be clear, I wasn't expecting much from this novel--a light diversion with some cute scenes and mouthwatering descriptions of high tea at most. But I think it's not too much to ask that the writing not tell the reader precisely what each character is thinking and feeling at every moment and in the most blandly obvious terms. ...more
Mar 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish this book, because, at the half-way point, it was obvious it was exactly what I feared it would be: another bland, predictable middle age chic lit waste of time. There is nothing special or unique or thought-provoking here, including the characters or the situations in which they find themselves. ...more
Chris Conley
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a tea lover, I have had many wonderful moments that include tea. This book is another one of those. It was fun to get to know Charlie, Kat, Seraphine and their friends, lovers and family. Vanessa Greene has a lovely way of bringing her readers into her world.
Ruth Frisby
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very easy read between heavier books, thoroughly enjoyable and a nice escape. Cup of tea anyone?
Cheryl Neer
Lovely friendships, wonderful tea room descriptions and a few thought provoking surprises.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listening-books
Refreshing to find a gentle read with some of the usual twists and turns but not the endless angst which seems mandatory in many novels
Sometimes things do work out !
What interested me were the cakes and teas but also the idea of a tearoom whose purpose was kindness, community and not solely profit , something which could easily be destroyed if it’s existence was shared too widely
Easy read 🥄🥄🥄
Gentle and comforting 😊😊😊
🎧From Listening Books
🎤Fiona Paul - Well narrated on the whole
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read. The story was fairly predictable. Definitely chick lit.
Sylvia Maccarrone
I loved this book from the beginning to the end!!!!!!!
Mar 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was just awful. Trust me.
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