Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Feature: Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim

Happy Book Release Week to Roselle Lim whose latest, Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop, released yesterday!

I have been looking forward to diving into this one since it was announced! Here's a bit about the book from Goodreads:

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.

Roselle Lim debuted last year with Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune, charming readers with an #OwnVoices story that blend of magical realism, family drama, and food! And her latest sounds to be much of the same stand out elements again, but set in Paris!

If you're in the mood for a little bit lighter fare these days, Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop is perfect. Fair warning, though, you may want to stock up on appropriate snacks :)

Order it from your favorite indie via Bookshop!

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