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The Little Teashop On Main – Book Blog Tour & Review


Jodi Thomas

Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction / Coming of Age
Publisher: HQN
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Number of Pages: 336 pages

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A rainy-day ritual—a tea party between three little girls—becomes the framework of not only their friendship, but their lives.

Blonde, curly-haired Zoe is openhearted, kind and free-spirited, and dreams of becoming a famous actor in New York City. Shy Emily struggles with mental health but has the heart and soul of a writer. And Shannon—tall, athletic, strong—has a deep sense of loyalty that will serve her well when she heads off to military college.

As Zoe, Emily, and Shannon grow into women—forging careers, following dreams, and finding love—they’ll learn that life doesn’t always unfold the way they want it to, but through it all, the one constant is each other and their regular tea parties. And when the unthinkable happens, the girls must come together to face the greatest test of all.

A deeply moving novel about the family that raises us, the hearts that nurture us, and the great friendships that define our lives.


“Heart-wrenching as well as heartwarming, the book reflects the experiences of these seven multifaceted and compelling characters as they journey through challenging years together.” — NY Journal of Books

“A comforting treasure for regular Thomas readers who enjoy the easy flow of her writing, a little steamy romance to spice things up, and the development of vulnerable, realistic characters.” — Booklist




The Little Teashop on Main is a heartwarming, emotional, and dare I say almost sweeping family saga that covers the lives of the three main characters, Zoe, Emily, and Shannon, as well as Shannon’s father Mack, Zoe’s mother Alex, and Fuller and Jack, two very different boys (men) who have a history with the girls, each in their own way. This is a very character driven story, and Jodi Thomas’ strength is in creating compelling characters are each well-developed, complicated, perhaps infuriating at times, and definitely ones that make you feel invested in the story.

The story is told from the perspectives of each of these seven people, but the bulk of the story focuses on the trio of girls – each very different in personality, but clearly very close to each other. This is a story about finding yourself, finding love, and of enduring friendships.

The breadth of the story – about thirty years – was unexpected, but it was lovely to follow characters for such a long time. This was a quiet book, one that deserved to be digested slowly. It was not a book with twists and turns, but steady pacing and mostly (no spoilers here) happy outcomes.

The Little Teashop on Main had the small-town vibe of a Debbie Macomber novel mixed with the feel of a Danielle Steele saga – minus the perfect people. Zoe, Emily, and Shannon are not polished wealthy perfection; they are down-to-earth (even head in the clouds Zoe), believable and relatable characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Little Teashop on Main! It was the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy afternoon and sink into.

 With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 45 novels and 14 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.

In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.

Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.

When not working on a novel, or inspiring students to pursue writing careers, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating an historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.

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  • Tonya Lucas

    Jodi Thomas has a gifted ability of weaving an amazing story not only through your heart, but through the fibers of your very soul.

    The Little Teashop on Main is such a tender heartfelt book, a ritual in a journey of friendships, a passage through time, a bond forever sealed.

    Three little girls so different, yet so much alike, balancing one another.
    Their story was one which needed to be told, needed to be heard, and shared.

    Zoe, high spirited, she lives life to the fullest with zest.
    Emily, so shy, she lives in the stories that run through her mind.
    Shannon, serious, goal oriented, has to have life fully planned out.

    Jack, all three’s best friend, always watching, always close.
    Fuller a recluse with a dark secret, falling in love with his dreamer.
    Mack and Alex, one a knight and shining armor, one their security blanket.

    Jodi Thomas has written her best novel ever, so many emotions captured in this wonderful gift she has given her fans.

    The Little Teashop on Main will be a treasured book shared by all generations and coveted on bookshelves for many, many years.

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