The Colour of Tea: A Novel

by Hannah Tunnicliffe

Scribner | June 5, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Colour of Tea: A Novel is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
Macau: the bulbous nose of China, a peninsula and two islands strung together like a three-bead necklace. It was time to find a life for myself. To make something out of nothing. The end of hope and the beginning of it too.

After moving with her husband to the tiny, bustling island of Macau, Grace Miller finds herself a stranger in a foreign land—a lone redhead towering above the crowd on the busy Chinese streets. As she is forced to confront the devastating news of her infertility, Grace’s marriage is fraying and her dreams of family have been shattered. She resolves to do something bold, something her impetuous mother would do, and she turns to what she loves: baking and the pleasure of afternoon tea.

Grace opens a café where she serves tea, coffee, and macarons—the delectable, delicate French cookies colored like precious stones—to the women of Macau. There, among fellow expatriates and locals alike, Grace carves out a new definition of home and family. But when her marriage reaches a crisis, secrets Grace thought she had buried long ago rise to the surface. Grace realizes it’s now or never to lay old ghosts to rest and to begin to trust herself. With each mug of coffee brewed, each cup of tea steeped and macaron baked, Grace comes to learn that strength can be gleaned from the unlikeliest of places.

A delicious, melt-in-your-mouth novel featuring the sweet pleasures of French pastries and the exotic scents and sights of China, The Colour of Tea is a scrumptious story of love, friendship and renewal.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.8 in

Published: June 5, 2012

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451686994

ISBN - 13: 9781451686999

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A novel for your creative taste buds As an Artist and foodie, I really enjoy reading this novel. I am currently on my second run through of this sweet adventure of Hannah's. She has a great way of setting up each new chapter-scene with a treat for your mental taste buds. I cannot wait to see what she writes next! Then to find out that she is a fellow creative spirit that has enjoyed living in Canada......YEAH!
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Good read with surprise ending.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This was a wonderful summer read. I always enjoy books about women who start small businesses and the struggles they go through to create something. This book combines so many elements I enjoy, business, relationships, children, loss and personal growth. I look forward to more from this author.
Date published: 2012-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful Read! Story Description: Scribner|June 5, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-4516-8699-9 Macau: the bulbous nose of China, a peninsula and two islands strung together like a three-bead necklace. It was time to find a life for myself. To make something out of nothing. The end of hope and the beginning of it too. After moving with her husband to the tiny, bustling city of Macau, Grace Miller finds herself a stranger in a foreign land – a lone redhead towering above the crowd on the busy Chinese streets. As she is forced to confront the devastating news of her infertility, Grace’s marriage is fraying and her dreams of family have been shattered. She resolves to do something bold, something her impetuous mother would do, and she turns to what she loves: baking and the pleasure of afternoon tea. Grace open a café where she serves tea, coffee, and macaroons, the delectable, delicate French cookies colored liked precious stones to the women of Macau. There, among fellow expatriates and locals alike, Grace carves out a new definition of home and family. But when her marriage reaches a crisis, secrets Grace thought she had buried long ago rise to the surface. Grace realizes it’s now or never to lay old ghosts to rest and to begin to trust herself. With each mug of coffee brewed, each cup of tea steeped and macaroon baked, Grace comes to learn that strength can be gleaned from the unlikeliest of places. A delicious, melt-in-your mouth novel featuring the sweet pleasures of French pastries and the exotic scents and sights of China. THE COLOUR OF TEA is a scrumptious story of love, friendship and renewal. My Review: Grace and Pete Miller have moved to Macau for Pete’s job and they are dealing with some devastating news that affects their relationship deeply and they avoid talking about the issue pushing a wider wedge into their marriage. Grace is also dealing with leaving her mother, Lillian, and hasn’t seen or communicated with her in quite some time except for the letters she writes to her about remembrances of time together, but she never sends them. Growing bored and needing something to do instead of sleeping around the clock, tossing down sleeping pill after sleeping pill to mask her emotions, she decides to open a café. She calls it “Lillian’s” and her biggest seller is the beautiful and tasty macaroons she bakes. Her greatest passion is serving afternoon tea and baking the macaroons that look like semi-precious stones. Soon she carves out a place where she feels completely safe and comfortable among the expatriates and locals she befriends. Things are finally running along smoothly for Grace until Pete confides something that completely turns her world upside-down. Eventually Grace realizes that she simply cannot continue in the mindset she is in and learns that strength, independence, love, and families can come from the unlikeliest of places. One of the things I loved about this novel, aside from the beautifully written story, was the use of very decadent French names for her “macroons” as chapter headings. How utterly clever and delicious! An added love to this story was the fact that Hannah Tunnicliffe’s talent for writing had me totally lost and mesmerized in Lillian’s Café. I really felt that I was sitting inside the café and could see, hear, and feel everything going on around me. I was a single observer seated at a table watching and listening – it was an incredible experience! For a debut novel this was bang on and Hannah Tunnicliffe is an author to watch!
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful Read! Story Description: Scribner|June 5, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-4516-8699-9 Macau: the bulbous nose of China, a peninsula and two islands strung together like a three-bead necklace. It was time to find a life for myself. To make something out of nothing. The end of hope and the beginning of it too. After moving with her husband to the tiny, bustling city of Macau, Grace Miller finds herself a stranger in a foreign land – a lone redhead towering above the crowd on the busy Chinese streets. As she is forced to confront the devastating news of her infertility, Grace’s marriage is fraying and her dreams of family have been shattered. She resolves to do something bold, something her impetuous mother would do, and she turns to what she loves: baking and the pleasure of afternoon tea. Grace open a café where she serves tea, coffee, and macaroons, the delectable, delicate French cookies colored liked precious stones to the women of Macau. There, among fellow expatriates and locals alike, Grace carves out a new definition of home and family. But when her marriage reaches a crisis, secrets Grace thought she had buried long ago rise to the surface. Grace realizes it’s now or never to lay old ghosts to rest and to begin to trust herself. With each mug of coffee brewed, each cup of tea steeped and macaroon baked, Grace comes to learn that strength can be gleaned from the unlikeliest of places. A delicious, melt-in-your mouth novel featuring the sweet pleasures of French pastries and the exotic scents and sights of China. THE COLOUR OF TEA is a scrumptious story of love, friendship and renewal. My Review: Grace and Pete Miller have moved to Macau for Pete’s job and they are dealing with some devastating news that affects their relationship deeply and they avoid talking about the issue pushing a wider wedge into their marriage. Grace is also dealing with leaving her mother, Lillian, and hasn’t seen or communicated with her in quite some time except for the letters she writes to her about remembrances of time together, but she never sends them. Growing bored and needing something to do instead of sleeping around the clock, tossing down sleeping pill after sleeping pill to mask her emotions, she decides to open a café. She calls it “Lillian’s” and her biggest seller is the beautiful and tasty macaroons she bakes. Her greatest passion is serving afternoon tea and baking the macaroons that look like semi-precious stones. Soon she carves out a place where she feels completely safe and comfortable among the expatriates and locals she befriends. Things are finally running along smoothly for Grace until Pete confides something that completely turns her world upside-down. Eventually Grace realizes that she simply cannot continue in the mindset she is in and learns that strength, independence, love, and families can come from the unlikeliest of places. One of the things I loved about this novel, aside from the beautifully written story, was the use of very decadent French names for her “macroons” as chapter headings. How utterly clever and delicious! An added love to this story was the fact that Hannah Tunnicliffe’s talent for writing had me totally lost and mesmerized in Lillian’s Café. I really felt that I was sitting inside the café and could see, hear, and feel everything going on around me. I was a single observer seated at a table watching and listening – it was an incredible experience! For a debut novel this was bang on and Hannah Tunnicliffe is an author to watch!
Date published: 2012-06-25

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The Colour of Tea: A Novel

The Colour of Tea: A Novel

by Hannah Tunnicliffe

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.8 in

Published: June 5, 2012

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451686994

ISBN - 13: 9781451686999

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Prologue We arrived in Macau at the end of the Year of the Golden Pig. Apparently a golden pig year comes around only once every sixty, and it brings good fortune. So when we came to make Macau our home, at the backside end of this golden pig year, there were fat, pink pigs dancing in bank ads, sparkly cartoon pigs wearing Chinese pajamas hanging in the local bakery, and tiny souvenir golden pigs for sale at the post office. All those pigs around me were comforting, with their full snouts and chubby grins. Welcome to Macau! they snorted. You’ll like it here. We do! I was willing to accept any good luck a golden hog could throw at me. Macau: the bulbous nose of China, a peninsula and two islands strung together like a three-bead necklace, though by now the sand and silt have crept up and almost covered the silk of the ocean in between. Gobbled up, like most everything in Macau, by Progress. Progress and gambling. This tiny country, only twenty-eight square kilometers, once a sleepy Portuguese outpost, is the only place in China where you can drop a coin into a slot or lay a chip on kidney-shaped lawns of soft, green felt. The Vegas of the East. Bright lights, little city, fast cash. We stepped off the ferry from Hong Kong on the eighth of January 2008. The date had a nice ring to it. A fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning. We arrived with suitcases full of the light, breezy clothes usually reserved for the brief but seductive British summer. We were full of naïve optimi
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Macau: the bulbous nose of China, a peninsula and two islands strung together like a three-bead necklace. It was time to find a life for myself. To make something out of nothing. The end of hope and the beginning of it too.

After moving with her husband to the tiny, bustling island of Macau, Grace Miller finds herself a stranger in a foreign land—a lone redhead towering above the crowd on the busy Chinese streets. As she is forced to confront the devastating news of her infertility, Grace’s marriage is fraying and her dreams of family have been shattered. She resolves to do something bold, something her impetuous mother would do, and she turns to what she loves: baking and the pleasure of afternoon tea.

Grace opens a café where she serves tea, coffee, and macarons—the delectable, delicate French cookies colored like precious stones—to the women of Macau. There, among fellow expatriates and locals alike, Grace carves out a new definition of home and family. But when her marriage reaches a crisis, secrets Grace thought she had buried long ago rise to the surface. Grace realizes it’s now or never to lay old ghosts to rest and to begin to trust herself. With each mug of coffee brewed, each cup of tea steeped and macaron baked, Grace comes to learn that strength can be gleaned from the unlikeliest of places.

A delicious, melt-in-your-mouth novel featuring the sweet pleasures of French pastries and the exotic scents and sights of China, The Colour of Tea is a scrumptious story of love, friendship and renewal.