Book Review: 'The Tearoom on the Bay' By Rachel Burton.

This was my first read by the incredible Rachel Burton and it certainly won't be my last. I've been terribly slow with reading as of late but I am incredibly keen to read Rachel's other wonderful reads, especially after diving into the delight that is 'The Tearoom on the Bay.'


After a tough break-up, Ellie returns to the only place she's ever really felt at home – the coastal town of Sanderson Bay. A year later, she's living her dream, brewing delicious artisan teas and selling them at her very own café. And when the mysterious and brooding Ben walks into her tearoom, Ellie finally dares to dream of true love.

But then her ex shows up in the Bay, and just as Ellie discovers some tragic truths about her family's past, she learns Ben might be hiding an unwelcome secret of his own...

Can Ellie let go of her past and brave a future with Ben?

My Review

From the first page I loved Rachel's writing style. It was so warm and inviting and I immediately felt that connect. I was transported to Sanderson Bay from the gorgeous descriptions and very much wanted to visit Ellie's café and see what kind of tea she would pick for me. Being a coffee lover I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed all the different tea concoctions that Ellie made and I loved that the café was her dream and that she put so much love into it, growing herbs and creating her own unique blends. It was such a fun part of the book. 

I adored Ellie herself too as I could really connect to her vulnerability in trusting people and her anxiety over letting a new person in. Her heart was guarded in the beginning and I liked so much her journey throughout the story of letting her walls down and being open to new people and adventures. She had such a wonderful group of friends and family around her who all made the story that much more heart warming and sweet too. It was just lovely. In addition, I love that we get to see Ellie's growth and stronger side when she stands up for herself and sticks to her guns when a blast from the past comes back into her life. I was rooting for her to communicate her feelings more and not be afraid of asking people questions. I liked seeing her become braver where that was concerned and learning that it's ok to ask questions and follow your heart and your gut. 

As I mentioned above, the cast of characters in Sanderson Bay were so beautiful. I had a soft spot for Ellie's best friend Sascha as she was just so funny and always had Ellie's back. Her own journey of having a family really touched me too and you will just have to read the book to find out if her dream comes true. Ben was an absolute sweetheart and I enjoyed his link to the town and his story for coming back. It was nice to see his growth in finding a little more peace with his past and finding happiness during the holidays once more. It was sweet that he wanted to protect Ellie but it made me happy when they were able to share their past and their lives with each other and open up, because you could really feel that beautiful connection they had. 

I highly recommend that you pick up this gorgeous, festive read today!  'The Tearoom on the Bay' to me, is a story of finding your voice and your strength and following your heart, all with a little help from those who love you! 

Happy reading! 

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