Title: Tequila & Teabags
Author: Laura Barnard
Author: Laura Barnard
Published: 11 November 2014
Sent to live with her cousin Elsie in the Yorkshire countryside, Rose has only one thing on her mind; joining her friends as a club rep in Mexico. When she hears about a council incentive offering the promise of free flights to the person who clocks the most volunteering hours at the local care home, she's got her plan set. But she doesn't plan on bonding with the old ladies, going after the village bad boy and trying to persuade Elsie not to become a Nun. Soon she's questioning who her real friends are and whether her old life is one she wants to return to. Can the village win her over and will she win the chance to leave it behind? Will she even want to?
I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
This is the second of Laura Barnard's books that I have had the pleasure in reading, having first read The Debt & The Doormat a few months ago. I have to say that I am now a big fan!
The main character, Rose, is sent to live in a small Yorkshire village after her parents find her partying and superficial lifestyle simply too much to handle. She finds that she sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the locals. Living with her nun-in-training cousin, Elise, and working in the village retirement home with the elderly residents Rose is searching for a way out, hoping for a quick escape to join her friend in Mexico. However, village life starts to grow on her. Will she escape to Mexico or will life in the village win her over?
Tequila & Teabags is an absolute hoot! It is a lightweight read, full of giggles and managing to be both realistic and ridiculous at the same time. Barnard has a fantastic sense of humour which comes across brilliantly in print. I was honestly laughing from start to finish. There are also some sadder moments in the book which are dealt with sensitively and almost had me in further tears!
The characters are fantastic. You can't help but warm to Rose as she falls from one disaster to the next, the girl really is hilarious. Elise is fantastic as the trainee nun and you can't help but fall in love with the grumpy Will, not to mention the dashing James and, well, what can I say about Bertie & Mavis, the saucy retired couple next door!!
This is the ultimate romcom, packed full of romance, laughter and tears. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to any chick lit/romcom fans out there. I've noticed that there's still one of Barnard's books that I've not yet read, The Baby & The Bride. I'll definitely be adding that to my TBR pile.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
The book is released in paperback and is currently priced at £7.99 or in electronic format for £2.95 at Amazon UK.
About the Author (in her own words!)
"My name is Laura Barnard and I am an author from Hertfordshire, UK. I'm the chick-lit author of The Debt & the Doormat, The Baby & the Bride and Tequila & Tea Bags.
In my spare time I enjoy drinking my body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of my face, drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio...oh and my husband of course :-) I like wearing yoga clothes and reading fitness magazines while I sit on the sofa and eat chocolate. I'm a real fan of the power nap and of course, READING!
I write not to get rich or famous, but because I LOVE writing. Even if one person tells me they enjoyed my book it makes the midnight typing worth it! "