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The Tea House on Mulberry Street

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  3,740 ratings  ·  416 reviews
Muldoon's Tea Rooms--and the 17-year marriage of proprietors Penny and Daniel Stanley--are fading. But a perpetually dieting housewife still comes in to escape her husband's stick-thin mistress, a struggling artist pens love letters to actor Nicolas Cage, and a woman returns to search for a long-lost soulmate. Behind the cherry cheesecakes and chocolate cappuccinos are the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Jove (first published 2003)
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Chris
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love stories about tea houses. I love about book shops. So this book was right up my alley. Because not only is it a story about the building and the institution of it, it’s about the owners, the people who live next door, the people in town, the visitors who drop in. And of course, everyone had their story! And it all coils back to the tea house!

A fun, cozy, light hearted read. Bottom line is that everyone has their ups and downs, secrets and challenges, hopes and dreams. The chapters jump a
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Anthea Syrokou
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful read. I couldn't put the book down, and when I needed to take a break from it, I returned to it a few minutes later.

The author invites the reader into a cosy world where the characters seem to be stagnant; stuck in the routine of daily life, and are victims of their circumstances. There are a few quirky characters that add humour to a novel that can, at times, seem rather bleak as it depicts how fragile we all are, and how pathetic our lives can become if we don't pause, r
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Tambra
Jun 29, 2008 rated it liked it
A mostly light, Irish novel. In the style of Maeve Binchy with the plot driven by stories of individual characters. A bit too much mid-life crisis, infidelity, and broken marriages to be uplifting overall. The main characters' story was the most interesting and redeeming for me. The other stories had some delightful moments.
I'm going to look for another novel by this author to see if it is of a different subject matter because I did like the writing style.
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Kim
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ah Sharon Owens writes like one of my all time favorites, Maeve Binchy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🙌
Linda
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this cozy read by Sharon Owens, I’ve not read anything of her’s before. There are many stories of people’s life that centers around a tea house on Mulberry Street run by a troubled couple Daniel & Penny. Owens is very good with her characters, showing the many complexities of relationships. Very humorous at times, had me chuckling, while also very serious subject matter. Highly recommend this novel if you’re looking for something to relax with.


Sandie
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Welcome to Muldoon’s Tea Room home of delicious cherry cheesecake and meeting place for the vast array of characters who inhabit this Belfast neighborhood. Owners, Penny and Daniel Stanley have done little else but work in the tea house for the duration of their seventeen year marriage and that mundane existence is getting pretty old for Penny. Their story is the focus of Sharon Owens THE TEA HOUSE ON MULBERRY STREET but truth be told it's really the customers that make a visit to the teahouse a ...more
June Louise
I'm a fan of tea-rooms. There are times I pop into my favourite local tea-room for a latte, grab a window seat and watch people passing by, or other customers, and wonder what stories their normal lives hold. Scandal? New discoveries? Family secrets? Maybe it's because of this that I have given this novel a top rating. I don't give out five star reviews easily, but The Tea House on Mulberry Street deserves this accolade.

The story is based in Belfast, Ireland - the centrepiece of the novel being
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Josh Caporale
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I might be the only male that has read The Tea House on Mulberry Street, but it was in an effort to become a more well-rounded reader during a time I wanted to become a professional book reviewer. If film critics have to watch everything, then I would be led to believe that book reviewers are to be held at the same standard. My great-aunt was giving away books and I took everything that was available. While I eventually sorted through it and only kept what caught my interest, I did get to this o ...more
Kathryn
This is a light and frothy read but it is fairly forgettable. There were quite a few characters, which I found it a little difficult to keep track of (which may also have something to do with my difficulty in remembering the story). The characters’ lives intersect at the Mulberry Street teahouse, Muldoon’s. The main aspects that stand out in my mind are artist Brenda’s continual letters to Nicolas Cage, Penny’s yearning to have a child (unfortunately not shared by her husband), and her husband, ...more
Darkpool
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, fluff
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Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first thought on reading this was, "what a delightful little story." While it starts out a bit doom and gloom with several failing relationships, it somehow brings humor into the gloom and ends with the happiest of endings.

The main couple, Penny and Daniel Stanley, are the owners of the Tea house. Daniel is a workaholic and more concerned with his penny-pinching than anything else. Penny is disappointed in the relationship and goes on to have an affair due to Daniel's cold ignorance of her fe
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Kelly Driver
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
A couple of months ago while shopping at Big Lots I saw a display of books near the check out. The cover and the title intrigued me as well as the fact that it was only a couple of dollars. I read the jacket and saw that it takes place in Belfast, Ireland and I knew I had to get it.
The setting of the book is an old, dilapidated tea house in Belfast. Ironically enough the owners, Daniel and Penny Stanley, are in an old, dilapidated marriage. Penny, a housewife, finds herself dissatisfied after 17
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Ghost of the Library
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ireland
What a delicious little story!
I dont know if its because i am a fan of tea shops and tea houses but i loved this book from page one!
In the finest irish tradition of Maeve Binchy - pick up people just like you and me, tell their life story and dont forget to add a little touch of magic - sharon owens totally transported me to Belfast and into the lives of her characters.
I may not agree with the way things end for all of them - hey a girl is allowed to wish a happy ending every now and then! - bu
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Nicola Mcfall
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great wee book! Sharon Owens writes brilliantly believable characters! Its a real novelty for me 2 find an Northern Irish author and I find it so fun reading about places I know. I was particularly excited in this book when it mentioned the place where I live and the building where I work! lol
Claire White
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from the minute I picked it up, to when I finished reading it. I loved all the characters who visited the Teahouse and what was happening in their lives.
Theresa
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Tea House on Mulberry Street gets four stars from me not because it's great literature but because I found, after a somewhat slow start, that I really enjoyed it and wanted to know what happens to each of the characters. I also found myself wondering what other books Sharon Owens has written, and that's usually a good sign I've enjoyed an author. Owens' writing has a bit of Maeve Binchy about it, which I count as a compliment. Anyone who has happily read Maeve Binchy might at least try Sharo ...more
PrettyFlamingo
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a dedicated coffee shop, muffin and cheesecake fan, I so enjoyed this cute book. I have an uncorrected proof copy so my cover is very different from the “finished” article; I don’t think I can part with it now. It has a real retro mood, being set in 1999 and I would love to see this story adapted into an ensemble cast film in the style of Love Actually, Valentine’s Day or even the old Four Seasons 1980s film. It had that sort of feel to it. I have never read any book set in Belfast before and ...more
Carmen
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2019, chick-lit
"There's nothing wrong with dreams. Dreams cost nothing."
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Jen
I downloaded The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens from Audible.com back when I was closing my subscription with them. I had a bunch of credits to spend on audiobooks, so I downloaded about 10 to get to whenever I had time. I have no idea where I got the recommendation for this particular book, but it must have resonated with me because I have three or four more books by her sitting in iTunes for me to listen to when I get around to it. I've seen other reviewers compare Owens's books ...more
Ladyslott
Aug 20, 2010 rated it liked it
The Tea House on Mulberry Street was a sweet, cozy and highly improbable read.
Centering on Muldoon’s Tea Shop, located in Belfast and owned by Daniel and Penny Stanley, the book is peopled by a disparate group of strangers who have little in common except the pastries at the tea shop. There are the Crawley sisters who dedicate their lives to charity and little else. Brenda Brown, the struggling artist, in love with the American actor Nicolas Cage. Sadie and Arnold Glass, she cheats on her diet
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Hannah
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book for a long time, and it just so happened I found it unexpectedly in a secondhand bookstore.

I found it charming and irresistible. It's very easy to get lost in the small world of each character, and even easier to feel for them. I wouldn't call them interesting or exceptional, but their normality is part of their likability. You want to curl up under a blanket with a cup of tea and read away the afternoon (pausing only for chocolate-themed snacks brought on by the delic
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Bec
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read after the sadder books I have read lately.

Sharon's story covers the lives of the owners and customers of a cute little tea house in Belfast. Each chapter covers a different person and there isn't too much overlap with the stories which can be annoying in some books.

Sharron's writing is reminiscent of Sheila O'Flanagan and Jill Mansell and a great little touch of Ireland.

Despite the sometimes sadder topics covered of failing marriages, unemployment etc. ultimate this is a fun
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Lola
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Friends who enjoy a light read
Shelves: fiction
This book is a fluffy bit of delight to read when you're feeling a little low. It's a sunny-side up novel, told very slightly tongue-in-cheek, that wraps up well and leaves you in a good mood.

I won't go into the plot. There's little drama or trauma, or explicit sex. It's somewhere between a very light romance and a comedy of manners, but the humor is not at all caustic. The book is not about politics or "the troubles" in Belfast. There are no serious issues, extreme trauma, or hard edges here. I
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Carolee
Jan 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Charming tea house in Belfast, Ireland and the stories of its owners and various customers. Penny (who inherited the tea house) and her husband Daniel are facing a marriage crises related to their respective life and business philosophies. A struggling artist works through her challenges and fantasies, an unhappy housewife gets her life in order and provides the comedic relief from these emotional tales and a long lost love is searched for in the warm, appetizing confines of the tea house. Sever ...more
Gab
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A lovely "Irish" story about family and friends. The story centres around a family run tea house. Owners Penny and Daniel have been married for 17 years but not particularly happily. Penny really wants a family but Daniel doesn't seem to have any interest in having children. An interesting cast of characters comes into the tea rooms and they all have problems in their life. There is arty Brenda Brown who is sure that her lack of success in the art world is because of her boring name. She writes ...more
Ruby
I get distracted too easily, and hence, cannot listen to audiobooks. But since the library only has Owen's The Tea House on Mulberry Street on audiobook, and it's not available in bookstores here, I was forced to listen to this on audiobook. And I am so glad I did! The narrator read the story with a delightful Northern Irish accent, since this book takes place entirely in Belfast, making my car rides to and from work wonderful. The story itself is a simple, yet sweet, story about a tea house. Th ...more
Jacula
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book 7 stars, I would. There's something about the way an Irish writer tells a tale and how the minutiae are important. Sharon Owens' style has been described as 'Joanna Trollope meets Maeve Binchy' and as 'doing for coffee and cakes what Joanne Harris did for chocolate'. I wouldn't disagree, especially as the last three are favourite authors of mine. I'm looking forward to reading her next book and wish I hadn't let the set I have sit on my bookshelves for so many years bef ...more
Connie G
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a warm, fluffy book about the owners of a tea shop in Belfast and their customers. Many of the characters had been disappointed in love, their career, or other aspects of their lives. They needed to make changes to realize their dreams. The book was as light and humorous as a TV situation comedy. Many mouthwatering desserts are mentioned in the book so be sure to head to the bakery before you start reading.
Craftnut
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stories of patrons of a tea house are told in an easy reading manner. The characters all have some difficulties to overcome, mostly finding ways to move away from unhappy situations into better circumstances. I had to laugh out loud at the revenge of a scorned wife, truly a priceless way to take care of an unfaithful husband. Difficult to put down after the first half, it picks up as it moves along. I'll be looking for more by this author. ...more
Mich
Sep 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
takes place in a belfast tearoom.. each chpt is about different customers and their lives.. REALLY liked this book, not quite amazing but almost. a happy read, definatly entertaining! would def recommend!
light reading with very likeable characters!!
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