Book Review: Afternoon Tea by J R LaGreca

Afternoon Tea is a light romance set in the Victorian New England countryside of the late 1800’s. The story opens when Meg Bailey witnesses an ongoing ritual from her kitchen window of an old man bringing roses to his wife’s graveside.

Meg’s curiosity gets the better of her and she seeks out the help of the town historian, Fanny Brund for answers. Who is this man? Why does he visit the cemetery everyday? Fanny invites Meg over for a cup of tea that very afternoon and reveals to her the love story of Lawrence Gray and Miss Emily Reed.

Theirs is a love that cannot be fulfilled as Emily’s father, Philip Reed believes that an arranged marriage with a promising young lawyer, Sir Dexter Lund is a more suitable match than with Lawrence, a young man with little education and no means of supporting his daughter.

There is a turn of events and Lawrence is able to follow Emily, his only true love to her soon to be home with the Lund family. Once there though he unfortunately finds himself obligated to become a suitor to Miss Mallory Lund, sister of his true love’s fiancee.

I enjoyed this book and think you will as well. You’ll be surprised how this story ends.

Author: J R LaGreca
Publication Date: 2008
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Pages: 269