LEAVES OF HOPE

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While visiting her mother, Beth Lowell discovers a devastating secret. She's not the daughter of the late John Lowell, as she's always believed. She's the offspring of a stranger named Thomas Wood. Beth is shattered by the news and tries to learn everything she can about her birth father. All her mother knows is that he used to work for a tea company in Sri Lanka and that he died in the horrific tsunami.

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)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel