18 August 2016

Diana Flowers Reviews 'Tea Shop Folly' By Carrie Fancett Pagels

Tea Shop Folly By Carrie Fancett Pagels


Tea Shop Folly (A Teacup Courtship Novella)
Forget Me Not Romances, July 1, 2016

Reviewed By Diana Flowers
~5 stars!~

A Delightful Novella!

Author Carrie Fancett Pagels has crafted a delightfully charming novella which takes our penniless, despairing heroine from the impoverished Blue Ridge Mountainsto a lovely estate set amongst the lilacs, maple trees, hydrangeas, and poppies of beautiful Michigan.

Almost destitute and finding she has inherited a house from her great-aunt, Lilly travels to Michigan to investigate. Upon her arrival she is amazed to discover she actually owns a three-story home, a carriage and horses, and teacups! Teacups?...yes, hundreds of them! Apparently her eccentric aunt loved collecting tea cups, saucers, teapots, and other tea paraphernalia. Thinking Lilly's new home is a Tea Shophandsome Theo, a Soo locks engineervisits frequently in the hopes that he will find the perfect antique teacup for his mother's collection. What ensues are plenty of sparks as Theo recommends Lilly's "tea shop" to potential customers, and they certainly fly between the pretty Lilly and the striking engineer!

Tea Shop Folly is a very well written, impeccably researched story and I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the Upper Peninsula...learning many interesting things about it that I wasn't aware of. This enchanting novella drew me in from page onefilled with amusing situations, romance, lovable characters, a beau-tea-ful setting, and plen-tea of trouble brewing! I guaran-tea that everyone will totally enjoy this wonderfully engaging story and this lady particularly loved the floral names of Lilly and all of her sisters...for obvious reasons! ;) 

This book is now available in paperback or ebook format on Amazon!

GIVEAWAY: A copy of Tea Shop Folly in choice of format to one blessed commenter! Be sure to leave your email address for contact purposes - written (at) and (dot) to protect yourself from spammers.

56 comments:

  1. Thanks so much, Diana! I just loved this fun review! This is one of my fave reviews you've done of my stories! This book was dedicated to a very special angel girl who is supposed to be on sabbatical right now!!! Big hugs my friend!!!

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    1. You're so welcome, CARRIE! I hope you enjoyed the review as much as I loved writing it! It was so much fun! I'm deeply honored and humbled by your dedication -- thank you so much. I was so touched when I read it. Sending giant hugs right back your way!

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  2. Ditto to what Carrie said, Diana! Such a fun and delightful review, which suits Carrie's novella right down to the last drop of tea! ;)

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    1. Aww...thank you, my Aussie cohort! Perhaps a bit corny, but heaps of fun to write! :)

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    2. You two are too too sweet!!! Hugs!!!

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  3. Thanks oír your great review. It makes me even more anxious to read Carrie's book.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, CONNIE! I believe you'll find it an enjoyable read!

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    2. I hope you will get to read it soon, Connie! Hugs!

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  4. Diana, great and fun review! I agree, Tea Shop Folly is a wonderful, fun novella.
    Blessings, Tina

    p.s. I am not entering the contest....

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    1. Thank you, TINA! Indeed it is, and Carrie Fancett Pagels' impeccable research made for an interesting read as well!

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    2. Thanks, Tina! That is the great thing about being an author. I can write a story that I'd want to read! Hugs!

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  5. This sounds so good! I'm excited to read this!
    J.C. -Indiana-
    jcservantslaveATicloudDOTcom

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    1. Hi, J.C. Thanks so much for coming by OWG and good luck in the drawing!

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    2. Hi JC! I hope you'll get to read Lilly and Theo's story soon!

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  6. Aww, such a cute, sweet review - Diana, thank you!! I love the storyline of 'Tea Shop Folly', made even more meaningful by my love of tea and all things related - especially tea cups. Loved all those mentions of "tea" in your review also, LOL!! Congrats on such a cute, enticing story - especially for tea cup lovers like myself- Carrie!!

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    1. Thanks, BONNIE! It is such a beau-tea-ous story and I'm glad you enjoyed my corny review. And response! LOL! Speaking of tea, BONNIE, I just opened my cabinet and particularly noticed the box of scripture teas that you sent me for my birthday or Christmas. I guess all this tea talk makes me want a cup really bad and I can't drink tea right now. Boo-hoo. :(

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    2. Hey Bonnie! I'm looking forward to seeing you at conference!!! We need to try to find a place where we can get tea!!!

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    3. I love those scripture teas, Diana - your comments have enticed me to check and see if I have any left, I'd love a cup myself!!

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    4. Carrie, looking forward to seeing you also. And yes, we certainly must have tea together, there's a coffee shop at the hotel - or we can have tea & snacks in my room.

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  7. In the spirit of the review I would teally be steeped to win a pot of this tea tale!
    Tea-fully,
    Amy
    tyner dot Amy at gmail dot com

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  8. This book sounds really interesting. I like that it's set in Michigan and it features a Soo Locks engineer. The Soo is one of my favorite places in the UP. I could watch the freighters going through the lock for hours. I need to take another vacation to the UP.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. DIANNE, Carrie does alot of research when there and has a blast at the same time! She loves MI! I learned alot about the Soo Locks which I had never heard of. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    2. I need to go back already, Dianne! I love going to the locks. When I was in college I sure spent a lot of time down there at the park!

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    3. See, DIANNE! Did I not speak the truth, or what? LOL! You know everyone that I know who has lived in MI has such wonderful things to say about it?! And most would go back there to live if it was feasible to do so!

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  9. Thanks for sharing your review & chance to win! This sounds like such a fun book & I love the cover! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Thanks, Robin! You need to come up to VA from NC!

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    2. ROBIN, I hope you get the chance to read this wonderful story soon! And you're very welcome!

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  10. A bea-TEA-ful review Diana!! Such a fun cover too :-) I've read other installments for the teacup courtships novellas and enjoyed each one. This one sounds great! Thanks for the chance.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You are to-tea-lly kind to say so, TRIXI! This one is not to be missed!

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    2. Hi Trixi! This is a fun collection! Thanks for coming by!

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  11. This looks like an exciting and romantic read. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.
    JoanEC128[at]AOL[dot[com

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    1. Hi Joan! I hope you'll get a chance to read it! Thanks for coming by!

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    2. You're so right, JOAN. Both of the above! Good luck in the drawing!

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  12. What an interesting book. Great read. Thanks for the giveaway.
    MarionMPC[at]AOL[dot]com

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    1. It is very enjoyable, MARION! Thanks for coming by and sharing!

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  13. What a lovely cover and a great read. Thank you for the giveaway.
    MarilynDKC[at]AOL[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, MARILYN! I hope you get a copy in your hands ASAP!

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  14. Diana, A lovely review of Tea Shop Folly. I enjoyed reading this novella by Carrie.

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    1. You're too kind, MARILYN! I'm so glad you got a chance to read Carrie's delightful novella!

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    2. Thanks, Marilyn! Glad you enjoyed Lilly and Theo's story!

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  15. I am never worried about accuracy in Carrie's books. As you mentioned in your review, Diana, her research is impeccable. Always. I'm not a big reader of novella's, but I enjoy reading Carrie's and was thrilled when she finally released a full length novel. :) tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, TERRILL, for your support of Carrie's books! Not a novella reader myself per se, I also enjoy reading Carrie's bc she packs so much in them. They read like a full length novel, but can be read in one evening.

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    2. Thanks, Terrill! That is very kind of you. I do have two other novels -- in the Christy Lumber Camp Series. Both The Lumberjacks' Ball and Lilacs for Juliana are short historical romance novels, not novellas! Blessings!

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  16. A great review my friend, of a book written by another friend. I love tea cups & tea parties--even the virtual ones. I have enjoyed collecting a few tea cups, although, never as many as Lilly's aunt. I would love to read another story written by Carrie--thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!
    Vicki

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    1. Hi, VICKI! Always a delight to "see" you here, my friend! I have several pretty tea cup sets that I have had for years and years, but I just don't have the heart to give them away. For sure now they must be antiques! lol Good luck in the drawing!

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    2. Hi Vicki! I hope you enjoyed your recent visit to Mackinac Island as much as I did! I got a couple of new mugs there but no teacups! Blessings!

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  17. This book sounds wonderful! The whole rags to riches story-line centering around tea cups is delightful, and the sparring between Lilly and the Soo Locks engineer adds a romantic twist. Top it off that the story takes place in Michigan, the state where I live, is the icing on the cake! :) I'm from southern Michigan though, and not the UP. Thanks for this charming review, Diana! I can't wait to read "A Teacup Courtship Novella", Carrie!! I am totally intrigued :) ~Alison

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oops! in my excitement, I forgot to type the title: Tea Shop Folly.

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    2. I have heard so many wonderful things about Michigan, ALISON! Carrie has some other delightful books that are set in Michigan that you would probably enjoy as well. The Fruitcake Challenge, The Lumberjacks Ball, and Lilacs for Juliana can all be found on amazon.com! Thank you for coming by!

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  18. Beautiful review, DIANA! I'm so excited you are back! ((((((HUGS))))))

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    1. Thank you so much, CARYL! It's good to be back and reading such lovely comments as yours really makes my day!! Hugs right back!!

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  19. I enjoy Carrie's books and this one sounds lovely! Thank you for the giveaway. cmcfaithingod(at)gmail(dot)come

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    1. Thanks, CHRISTINE, for coming by! We have a winner, but be sure to come back as we have some great giveaways coming up!

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  20. Amy Tyner won a copy of Tea Shop Folly via random number! Congrats, Amy, and a special thank you to all of you who stopped by. I had a lot of fun and it really blessed my heart.

    *Reminder* If you didn't win here, there is another giveaway of Tea Shop Folly on the newer post about debilitating migraines. Just click on to newer post at the bottom left and it will take you there.

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