LEAVES OF HOPE
As Beth searches for information, she meets Miles Wilson, the owner of Wilson Teas. The two become friends and attempt to discover whether Thomas Wood might be alive.
Palmer's Beth is a headstrong woman, the direct opposite of her mother, Jan. The contrast and conflict between the women drive the plot forward. Beth's committed Christian beliefs and Jan's wavering faith also create an involving discord. The global settings and interesting tidbits about tea entertain and inform. (May, 304 pp., $13.95)