Title: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop
Author: Roselle Lim
Publisher: Berkeley Romance
Publication date: 04 August 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Become enamored with the splendor of Paris in this heartwarming and delightful story about writing one’s own destiny and finding love along the way.
Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tea leaves.
Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.
The day before her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa accidentally sees her own fate: death by traffic accident. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric aunt, Evelyn, shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to America and bonjour to Paris. While working at Evelyn’s tea stall at a Parisian antique market, Vanessa performs some matchmaking of her own, attempting to help reconnect her aunt with a lost love. As she learns more about herself and the root of her gifts, she realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is.
About the Author
Roselle Lim was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada as a child. She lived in north Scarborough in a diverse, Asian neighbourhood.
She found her love of writing by listening to her lola (paternal grandmother’s) stories about Filipino folktales. Growing up in a household where Chinese superstition mingled with Filipino Catholicism, she devoured books about mythology, which shaped the fantasies in her novels.
An artist by nature, she considers writing as “painting with words.”
Much thanks to Caffeine Book Tours and Berkley Romance for sending me a copy for review and for inviting me to be a part of this tour. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may or may not appear in the final published copy.
📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? Adult > Contemporary > Romance
📚 POV? Third person
📚 Cliffhanger? No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Near-death experience, racism
⚠ Book Tags : Clairvoyance. Large family. Travel. Paris. East Asian representation. Magical realism.
The book is about:
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you can see the future every time you drink tea? Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop tells the story of Vanessa Yu and her unique skill of clairvoyance. Though it can be treated as a gift, Vanessa sees this as a curse. Aside from the predictions coming at inappropriate times, she also gets massive headaches whenever they come. Eventually, Vanessa was given the chance to come with her Aunt Evelyn in Paris, as her aunt also has the ability of clairvoyance and she can teach her how to control her powers better.
What drew me in:
Earlier this year, I have read Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune. Her captivating writing style alone made me so excited to read more of her work. I am happy to see that she has delivered the same descriptive way of writing that makes me feel like I am actually there with her. Also, I was attracted to explore the themes as hinted at in the blurb. I don’t usually dabble in magical realism, but Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop delivered something special.
Characters & connections:
Vanessa Yu’s also introduced an amazing selection of characters. I tend to get lost when there are many people within a book, especially like Vanessa’s family. However, Roselle Lim has created vibrant characters with personalities that leap off the page. I felt connected with each of them and everything that they stand for.
Everything I liked:
When I think about the things I liked about this book, so many things come to mind that it’s so hard to decide where to start. I guess I can begin with what this book made me feel. I had a craving for a read that is simple but immersive and this definitely had that. Vanessa Yu’s felt like a cultural immersion – with Chinese traditions, beliefs, and delicious food. And then, it took me on an adventure to Paris – a place I have always dreamed of going. Again, I have to commend how beautiful Roselle Lim writes. She paints vivid pictures of scenes that you can’t help but imagine being there in the flesh with all of the characters. Paris is one of my dream destinations, and I felt like Vanessa Yu brought me along for the ride.
I don’t know if it’s the theme of the book or just my mood, but I loved this book better than the author’s debut novel. Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop combined everything that I love in my reads. I got that signature Asian family drama, culture, food, travel, romance, mystery, adventure, and a dash of magic to give me that extra boost. Can’t wait to read the author’s future works!
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Significant Other:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
☁ FINAL VERDICT: 4.5/5 ☁
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