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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural
Cecily Edmonds is told her entire life has been a lie. Her dying mom reveals that her "father" is not actually her father and that Cecily's ancestral home is in North Carolina. When Cecily moves there to open her own tea shop, she falls for campground owner and divorcee Ryan Anderson.
Poarch does a wonderful job setting the stage for the story. You can feel the coziness of Cecily's shop after experiencing the chilliness of the air and smell the freshly baked scones. As history unfolds, Cecily acquaints herself with her father's family, Ryan and comes to grips with the course her life has taken. One of the highlights is the wonderful relationship Ryan's parents, Pauline and Clay, share. Their love for each other never wavers, even when they don't agree on how a situation should be handled. (Feb., 280 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed By: Debbie R. Sims
Published: February 2003