Chai Tea Sunday

Paperback | April 1, 2012

byHeather A. Clark

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Explore the true resilience of the heart—and one woman’s determination to find hope in a world fraught with adversity

Thirtysomething Nicky Fowler has it all—a rewarding career, a loving husband and the perfect home. But when she and her husband suffer a complicated tragedy, the strain of two people dealing with an impossible situation in different ways breaks up their marriage.
Emotionally lost, Nicky travels to Kenya to volunteer at an orphanage. Amidst the violence and abject poverty, Nicky discovers the one thing that keeps Kenyans moving forward: hope. Over steaming mugs of chai, the country’s signature drink, Nicky opens up to her host mother, Mama Bu, and finds understanding, love and strength. And with that strength, Nicky realizes what she needs to do to save the endangered children she’s grown to love. Based on a true story, Chai Tea Sunday is a glorious portrayal of the power of the human spirit.

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Explore the true resilience of the heart—and one woman’s determination to find hope in a world fraught with adversityThirtysomething Nicky Fowler has it all—a rewarding career, a loving husband and the perfect home. But when she and her husband suffer a complicated tragedy, the strain of two people dealing with an impossible situation ...

Heather A. Clark works in the marketing department at one of Canada’s largest media outlets. She lives in Oakville, Ontario.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 1, 2012Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chi Tea Sundays What a wonderful book. I could "see" Kenya as I read. Made me count my blessings to have a safe place to live with plenty of fresh water to drink and a home to live in. Wonderful story telling. I enjoyed it very much.
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Chai Tea Sunday Good first attempt. Good research on the story line but some phrasing seemed out of place. I was captivated through most of the story but a predictable ending and seemed rushed to be finished.
Date published: 2015-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Char tea sunday A wonderful story about an other country and how people still live, which we do not really think about these days since we have everything at our finger tips.
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it after the first couple of chapters. It was so raw! But, I'm glad that I kept reading because I wouldn't have wanted to have missed it!
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chai Tea Sunday I'm pragmatic when reading, so found some parts too wordy. On the whole, I enjoyed this book and look forward to starting Elephant in the Sky.
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chai Tea Sunday Loved this book!!! But have some tissue its a tear jerker.
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Cried first half.. incredibly sad. Great debut novel.
Date published: 2014-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational A great story, so intense you just can't stop reading it. Be prepared to deal with various emotions. You learn a lot about Kenya and how first world problems aren't problems at all !
Date published: 2014-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This was a great book! I love a book where you have a great story and are learning facts at the same time!
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth reading, couldnt put down A truly lovely read. Heart wrenching at times, but keeps you wanting to find what happens in the end. Can't wait for more from this author.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from CHAI TEA SUNDAY Incredible book to read. Wished it didn't end, but all things come to an end. Or maybe a beginning... Yes, a beginning
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A definite must read What an absolutely fabulous book. It will definitely make you cry at the injustice, heartbreak and hardship the characters endure. But it will also make your heart soar reading how these same people not only find inner peace but also help others. We all need a Mama Bu in our lives.
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A definite must read A great book about the struggles a couple faces when tragedy strikes. Volunteering at a Kenyan orphanage, Nicky finds a purpose to life once again.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A definite must read Loved this book. Have recommended it to others. Would read this author again. The character development was well done.
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chai tea sunday Awesome book an eye opener
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chai tea sunday Great book. Nicky's strength and determination to move on from her losses and help the orphans in another country was heart-warming.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Chai tea sunday Really enjoyed this. I found it hard to put down.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chai tea sunday An interesting book. I quite enjoyed it!
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Nothing really climactic in it but still a good read to pass the time.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok I found this book surprisingly good. I found the main character instantly likeable and the details of Kenya amazing.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart Warming So I wasn't really expecting to like this book as much as I did...I more or less read it because I love Chai tea.  It ended up being a great quick read.   What I love most about this particular story, is that it was inspired by Clark's cousin, Rachel, and her experience with teaching in Kenya.  It really is a remarkable tale of how orphan children, who have literally nothing end up giving Nicky more than she ever imagined.  She finds out during her work at the orphanage that the Orphanage Director is harming the children and is determined to do something about it in a country that is corrupt and everyone can be bought off.  Right from beginning to end it was a heartfelt book that brought a few tears and a few winces. My only criticism is the end, I wish it had gone a different direction and Nicky's choices were based on her brain not her heart (cold to say that, I know) because I think it would have made for a more interesting conclusion.  It all just seemed too neat and tidy.  All in all it was a great debut novel. A portion of proceeds from this novel go to Artbound, a charity that provides clean water, food, medical care, and funding to build schools in developing nations.
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! This book is by far one of the best books I've read in a long time. It captured my attention at the very beginning and never let me down. I read it every spare moment I had and as great as the ending was, I'm a little sad it had to end. I enjoyed learning about Kenya as well as seeing Nicky and Eric find their way after enduring an incredible loss. Everything about the writing was relateable and I intend to buy copies for my friends.
Date published: 2013-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful debut! Ms Clark's debut novel CHAI TEA SUNDAY is going to well received, on many book club lists and talked about around the water cooler! The story is tender, beautiful, sad, and yet filled with hope! With no spoilers Nicky and her husband Eric are struggling with fertility issues; a devastating loss sends them both reeling. Eric retreats within himself and Nicky heads to Kenya to teach in an orphanage. It is here that her true journey begins. Pour a cup of Chai, snuggle in with a blanket and read away. This is book to get lost in.
Date published: 2012-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST DEBUT NOVEL!!!! Story Description: ECW Press|April 1, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-77041-082-4 Explore the true resilience of the heart – and one woman’s determination to find hope in a world fraught with adversity Thirty-something Nicky Fowler has it all – a rewarding career, a loving husband and the perfect home. But when she and her husband suffer a complicated tragedy, the strain of two people dealing with an impossible situation in different ways breaks up their marriage. Emotionally lost, Nicky travels to Kenya to volunteer at an orphanage. Amidst the violence and abject poverty, Nicky discovers the one thing that keeps Kenyans moving forward: hope. Over steaming mugs of chai, the country’s signature drink, Nicky opens up to her host mother, Mama Bu, and finds understanding, love and strength. And with that strength, Nicky realizes what she needs to do to save the endangered children she’s grown to love. Based on a true story, CHAI TEA SUNDAY is a glorious portrayal of the power of the human spirit. My Review: Heather Clark’s debut novel CHAI TEA SUNDAY is going to be a big hit!! Tender, startling, filled with sadness, violence, yet hope, goodness and the Kenyan spirit teaches Nicky some major life lessons that she will apply to the rest of her life. Nicky and her beloved husband, Eric, suffer a terribly devastating and sad loss that would knock the wind out of any parents. Each encompassed in their own grief and dealing with it in different ways their marriage falls apart and they separate after some thirteen very happy years together. Eric throws himself into his job as a lawyer and Nicky heads off to Kenya, Africa to volunteer as a teacher in an orphanage after her school principal in the United States suggests she take some time off to get her grief in order as it was having a profound effect on her Grade three students. What Nicky finds in Kenya in her host family is, Mama Bu. An intelligent and wise woman who teaches Nicky what holds Kenyans together in the fact of such abject poverty and starvation – hope! However, Nicky is sickened when the current director of the orphanage is less than kind to the children and she strives to find ways to cope with the injuries these young children suffer while at the same time trying not to interfere to the point she is kicked out. The last thing these kids need is to lose Nicky, their only source of love and hope. Apparently this novel is based on a true story and I was mesmerized and read it in one sitting. I just couldn’t put the book down and didn’t want it to end. This is one novel I won’t soon forget and it has earned a spot on my “permanent” book shelf! Congratulations Mrs. Clark on a wonderful debut novel!!! I will certainly be spreading the word about this new and wonderful Canadian author.
Date published: 2012-07-09

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"A refreshing and enjoyable read." —Waterloo Record (April 20, 2012)