The Vintage Teacup Club
At a car boot sale in Sussex, three very different women meet and fall for the same vintage teaset. They decide to share it – and form a friendship that changes their lives…
Jenny can’t wait to marry Dan. Then, after years of silence, she hears from the woman who could shatter her dreams.
Maggie has put her broken heart behind her and is gearing up for the biggest event of her career – until she’s forced to confront the past once more.
Alison seems to have it all: married to her childhood sweetheart, with two gorgeous daughters. But as tensions mount, she is pushed to breaking point.
Dealing with friendship and families, relationships and careers, highs and lows, The Vintage Teacup Club is heart-warming storytelling at its very best.
As is usual with me I was enticed into The Vintage Teacup Club by the splendour of its cover with vibrant and colourful, dainty teacups; it really has to be one of my favourites.
I was not at all let down. The story began by introducing three women who met hunting round car boot sales for the perfect teacups to add to their collection. Each of the women spy the delicate and colourful tea set nestling in someone’s boot and decide to make a pact in which they can buy it and it can benefit them all, as they all know the tea set would go a long way in completing the plans they have.
Maggie is a 30-something lover of all things vintage with her own florist, ‘Bluebelle Du Jour’, which has the contract to do a society wedding for ‘it’ girl Lucy Mackintosh, who has high hopes of the wedding featuring in a glossy, celebrity magazine. She enlists the help of landscape gardener Owen, friend of the groom, who oozes big ideas and arrogance, but threatens to unsettle more than just Maggie’s designs.
Jenny is planning her own wedding to Dan, while struggling with the absence and sudden, untimely reappearance of her estranged mother, who abandoned them when she was six. She needs the tea set to complete her vintage, 1940s theme to her wedding.
And Alison, a married mum of two teenage tearaways, who designs and makes her own shabby chic homewares and wants the teacups to make holders for her homemade candles.
So this is the order the ladies plan to use them… and form the Vintage Teacup Club. Meeting and discussing their plans over tea and cake.
Through this alliance, a deep friendship forms and the trio support each other through a plethora of life’s ups and downs: relationships, financial difficulties and family crises, using the Teacup Club as a sanctuary to escape from life’s daily grind.
I found all the three women really likeable and I could relate easily to each one of them, which to me was part of the beauty of the book. The relationship between Jenny and her brother and father really touched me deeply; it was definitely one of the highlights of the book for me.
The subplot involving the history of the tea set with the delightful Ruby and Derek Spencer was extremely poignant and echoed a real sense of “good old-fashioned common sense” from a couple who have clearly had a long and successful marriage, and know the important values to make it so. Their advice summed life up beautifully to me: “As you get older you see that what you thought were little things, why they were really the big things all along.”
The book ended perfectly leaving no questions unanswered, with an epilogue written in the style of a charming and illustrative letter to the ladies by Jenny on her honeymoon.
I loved the plot, the storyline, the relationship dynamics – just everything about The Vintage Teacup Club; it definitely had a huge ‘feel good factor’ with a superb narrative from debut novelist, Vanessa Greene. I eagerly await any future releases from her.
The Vintage Teacup Club is a beautiful blend of vintage decadence, with descriptions so easily pictured as editorials from Good Housekeeping or House and Home magazines. This book is one I know I will go back and read many times again!
Thanks to Madeleine at Little Brown for sending me this book to review.