14 March 2017

Teresa S. Mathews Reviews Tea Shop Folly by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Tea Shop Folly, by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Tea Shop Folly

By Carrie Fancett Pagels

Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews 

5 Stars*****


In this heartwarming story, talented author Carrie Fancett Pagels takes us to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Kentucky where she introduces us to Lillian "Lilly" Smith. Lilly is taking care of her beloved widowed mother that is deathly ill, and four younger sisters. Not only is food running low for the family but so is Lilly's faith, until she receives a mysterious letter beckoning her to Michigan.

After arriving in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and meeting with her Aunt Lillian's lawyer, Lilly finds she has been named the sole heir of her aunt's sizable estate. Thankfully her aunt has included a helpful list of suggestions for Lilly to follow; with going to the bank and buying new clothes at the top of that list. As Lilly goes into the local mercantile, she runs into the most handsome man she has ever seen.

Theodore Reynolds an engineer working on the Sault Ste Locks was suffering from the blinding pain of a migraine when he comes in contact with a slender auburn-haired young woman, as they both are entering the mercantile. Without his glasses on and in pain, he isn't able to tell much about her except that she is gracious and kind when she insists the store use her carriage to take him home with the suggestion for him to drink a cup of chamomile tea.

When Lilly gets to her aunt's house she is awed by the beauty and size of it but when she gets inside she is surprised at all of the beautiful teacups and saucers she finds. As Lilly sets about organizing the clutter, she is shocked to see the handsome young man from the mercantile at her door. It seems he wants to buy his mother one of her Aunt Lillian's old teacups. Stranger still, he asks her to brew him a cup of tea. Goodness, it's as though he thinks she has opened a Tea Shop!


Ms. Pagels has certainly penned an absolutely adorable tale. There is lots of history included from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the surrounding area and goodness there is plenty humorous scenes between Lilly and Theo. It made for quite a reprieve from the usual Saturday afternoon, I enjoyed every moment spent reading it.



Giveaway: Leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win an ebook or paperback copy of the book. Tea Shop Folly is also on sale this week on Amazon and available FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!


41 comments:

  1. I love tea. :-) This looks like a great read.
    Thanks
    Becky B

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    1. BECKY, So do I but since I'm from the South our tea is in a tall glass with lots of ice and sugar!! lol

      Thanks for coming by!! :-)

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    2. I wish we could sit down and have tea together! But on this cold day (20s right now!) I think even Teresa would want her tea hot! Blessings!

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  2. Lovely review, Teresa! I LOVE this story. This cover is darling!

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    1. CARYL, thank you!! It was a sweet story and do love this new cover!! Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Hey Caryl! Ro really captured the essence of the story! I'm glad you liked Lilly and Theo's book!

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  3. I love this cover! Roseanna did a great job. I would love to win an e-book for a friend of mine in England. :)

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    1. ANNE, that cover is wonderful! Here's to winning that book for your friend. :-)

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    2. Anne, let's have tea tomorrow! Looking forward to seeing you! What a great cover Ro did! Blessings!

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    3. CARRIE, I enjoyed our lunch, tea, and beading! You are SO talented and I just know the necklace is going to be one of my most beautiful in my collection! We have got to do this more often. :) {[hugs}}

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  4. Thank you for the opportunity to win this exciting book.
    JoanEC128[at]AOL[dot]com

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  5. This book looks like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.
    MarionMPC[at]AOL[dot]com

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    1. MARION, I know you will enjoy it!! Thanks from dropping in!! :-)

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  6. What an interesting book with a lovely cover,too. Thank you for the giveaway.
    MarilynDKC[at]AOL[dot]com

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    1. MARILYN, so glad you dropped in!! This book was a fun read for sure, and that cover was just perfect for the story!! :-)

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    1. CONNIE, yes, it was a great story, it made a for a fun afternoon read! Thanks for dropping in! :-)

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    2. This is set near the amazing Soo Locks. If you ever get to the area, you need to go see those, Connie!

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  8. Delicious review TERESA! (Oh, I could not resist saying that)
    Such an adorable cover. Tea Shop Folly is such a fun, fun story, I loved it! Of course, I enjoyed every drop of it while sipping on a cup of herbal tea. ;-)
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. TINA, you made me LOL with that line!! Just like some of things that happened with Lilly and Theo! What a great story and a fantastic cover!! :-)

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    2. Thanks, Tina! This books is best enjoyed with a nice cup of tea! And a goodie with that, too!

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  9. I really want to read this book. I'm originally from Michigan and I love Sault Ste. Marie and would love reading "Tea Shop Folly".
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. DIANNE, WOW!! That's amazing that you know about Sault Ste. Marie. I know you will love this story, since you are from Michigan. Here's hoping you win a copy!! Thanks for dropping by!! :-)

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    2. You need to read this story, Dianne, as you will recognize some of the landmarks in the story!

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  10. Wonderful review, Teresa - thank you!! And such a cute story from Carrie - I love tea and anything connected with it (including tea cups). Which made 'Tea Shop Folly' even more enticing to me!!

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    1. Thanks, Angel Bonnie! Teresa did do a lovely review! So glad to have both you and Teresa back sharing blog posts with our readers!

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    2. BONNIE, I love pretty teacups but my love my cold ice tea! lol

      CARRIE It's great to be back doing some reviews! This sweet story was just what I needed to pick me up! Love you both!! :-)

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  11. I really want this book! I'm interested in the history of Michigan and it sounds really fun to read!

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    1. Best wishes, Donamae! If you don't win, it is on sale through this coming weekend!

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    2. DONAMAE, I know you will love this story, as CARRIE has some interesting facts included with the story! Thanks for dropping in!! :-)

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  12. I really want this book! I'm interested in the history of Michigan and it sounds really fun to read!

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  13. Great review, Teresa! This is another great story by our dear Carrie! The new cover Roseanna designed is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! She's definitely talented!

    My mom gave me some tea cups and pots, so know I have a collection of them. Thus, I'm in love with all things tea pots and cups! I especially love antique ones! Hugs!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Regina! Roseanna is very talented! I am not a teacup collector myself, although I have tea cup gifts from friends that I have enjoyed. And I love looking at teacups! Like Lilly, I don't really have space or need for a lot of teacups. Love looking at them on Pinterest though!

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    2. Thanks REGINA!! Roseanna did a marvelous job with the new cover, I LOVE IT!! I remember as a kid having a tiny tea set, I would love to collect them but sadly I don't have enough room as my house isn't very big! :-)

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  14. Love your review, TERESA, and the new cover, CARRIE! This is such a delightful and uplifting story that I enjoyed very much. Just my cuppa tea! :)

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    1. Thanks DIANA!! It's good to see your smiling face on here!

      Isn't that cover just gorgeous? I love to look at pretty tea cups but I guess I'll stick to my good ole red solo cup of good ole southern iced sweet tea!! :-)

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    2. Thanks, DIANA! And Tea Shop Folly was dedicated to a lovely Angel Girl!

      LOL TERESA about the red Solo cup for your sweet tea! We need to find you a ceramic red iced tea cup that looks like a Solo cup!

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  15. Lovely new cover for Tea Shop Folly. Amazing story to read which I truly enjoyed and read in one sitting.

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  16. I would love to read this story! I've been to Sault Ste Marie and Mackinac Island which I thought were the most charming places ever!

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  17. I would love a copy of Tea Shop Folly. It sounds like something I will read real fast.
    Molly Noble Bull
    www.mollynoblebull.com

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