Pairing books with tea (Nine Coaches Waiting)

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Time for our weekly game of matching a good cup of tea to a good book!

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart is a riveting suspense novel that had me at the edge of my seat. I was never relaxed during the reading of this book because I was scared something bad was about to happen. Mary Stewart is the master of romantic suspense!

The book’s heroine, Linda Martin, travels to France to work for a French family, the Valmy Family. Except she discovers the family may be hiding a sinister secret. Oh, and there is a strong, tall, sexy hero. His name is Raoul.


So which tea do we pair with a book set in France, has plenty of suspense and a handsome love interest?? How about Mariage Freres’ Earl Grey D’or? Obviously we have to sip a cup of dark, French tea for this suspenseful romance novel. Do you agree? xoxo, Jane

Pairing tea with books (The Making of a Marchioness)

Via Persephone Books

Have you read The Making of a Marchioness (this Amazon affiliate link is for the free ebook) by Frances Hodgson Burnett? Yes, Frances Hodgson Burnett is the Frances Hodgson Burnett of The Secret Garden.

I love The Making of a Marchioness so much. I read it a few years ago and my Persephone edition sits proudly on my bookshelf.

At first glance, it appears to be a love story. But once you start reading, the plot darkens into a more realistic portrayal of the stark reality of women in late Victorian England.

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Just when Miss Emily Fox-Seton, our lovely heroine, resigns herself to spinsterhood, she meets Lord Walderhurst who sweeps her off her feet and makes her his marchioness. So far so good.

But then, Lord Walderhurst has to travel abroad for work. Unbeknownst to him, he leaves his wife in the hands of a few nefarious people. I don’t want to give the plot away, but it’s really a must-read.

This brings me to the theme of our post. Which tea shall we pair it with?

Via Twinings Tea USA

How about Twinings Lady Grey? It’s a softer version of Earl Grey and it’s fitting for Emily, who is strong but gentle. What do you think?

Also, I created a Pinterest board for this pairing. xoxo, Jane

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything extra to use the links, but it’s also ok if you don’t use the links. I’m just grateful you are here and reading my blog. xoxo, Jane

Pairing books with tea (Jane Eyre)

I love books and I love drinking tea so I found a way to combine my two favorite things.

Pairing books with tea!

We’ll start with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and the tea I enjoy on weekday mornings, Earl Grey.

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circa 1840: English novelist Charlotte Brontë (1816 – 1855), author of Jane Eyre.

Earl Grey tea was named after Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl of Grey, who was prime minister of England in the 1800s. Earl Grey is a black tea infused with bergamot, which gives the tea its citrusy flavor.

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Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey by George Romney. Whig politician and British Prime Minister (22 November 1830 – 16 July 1834).

We are pairing Twinings Earl Grey with Jane Eyre because the tea is dark and moody but is uplifted with citrus. The book’s plot is dark and moody too, but is uplifted with a happy ending (let’s not even touch on the “madwoman” in the attic plot line because I still don’t know how to wrap my head around that).

Which tea would you pair with Jane Eyre?

Also, I created a Pinterest board for this post. xoxo, Jane

Christmas Gifts: Books


My husband and I have a lovely Christmas gifts tradition. We exchange books for Christmas. It’s fun, stress-free and romantic.

For Christmas 2017, I received these wonderful books: The Court of the Last Tsar, Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking and Polish your Poise with Madame Chic.


I love royal history (more on that another time) and I can’t wait to dig in. I’ve read Greg King before so I know I will enjoy The Court of the Last Tsar. I’ve never read Deborah Cadbury before, but it’s about Queen Victoria’s family so I’m in.

I enjoy Jennifer L. Scott’s blog and books about living well, staying organized and the ten-item wardrobe in her Madame Chic series. I’m pretty excited to read her latest, Polish your Poise with Madame Chic.

This morning’s tea: Harrods Earl Grey No. 42

I’ve decided that for every new book I buy in 2018, I should read two of the ones I already own. It’s a great goal, right? Except I kind of already broke it. I just ordered Twilight of Empire: The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs.  Books about the Habsburgs are my catnip and I couldn’t wait to own this one. But I’ll try to do better next time…

xoxo, Jane