Belgravia by Julian Fellowes (of Downton Abbey fame) is a saga of a story that encompasses the lives of two families. One family is from “old money” and the other from “new money.” Both families reside in Belgravia. What I loved about this novel is that the vivid descriptions and scenes of Belgravia jumped out at me.
So which tea would pair well with this book? What about Twinings Lady Grey tea?
It’s light and flavorful and not too strong. Perfect for those drawing room scenes for both families. I can almost imagine the characters sipping Twinings Lady Grey (even if Lady Grey wasn’t invented until the 1990s) out of their Royal Albert teacups (again, Royal Albert wasn’t around then either but we are just having fun here). So I think this tea would make a great pairing with our book today. But what do you think? xoxo, Jane
Black Roses by Jane Thynne is the first in a series set in pre-war Nazi Germany. It’s intense, nail-bitingly suspenseful and slightly romantic.
The main character, Clara Vine, moves to Nazi Germany from England to further her acting career. She is a talented actress but for some reason is not able to make the cut in England.
Upon the suggestion of an acquaintance, she relocates to Berlin to find work at the famous Babelsberg Studio. Once there, she unwittingly gets entangled with the inner circle of the Nazi wives. This proves to be of interest to British intelligence and soon they recruit her to spy for them.
I love this series. It’s riveting. It has everything I want in a book: a strong woman, espionage, romance and history. I am waiting with great impatience for the next book in this series.
Which tea would go well with this book? How about Twinings China Rose? Clara is English. Twinings is a great English tea company. And China Rose tea is infused with roses. I’d say it’s a perfect match. What sayeth you? xoxo, Jane
PS. I also created a Pinterest board for this tea pairing because of course.
Northanger Abbey by the inimitable Jane Austen is a charming novel made even more wonderful by the novel’s heroine, Catherine Morland, who is darling. At least I think so.
Northanger Abbey is a satire and a fun poke on gothic novels. Jane Austen really was spectacularly genius. If you haven’t read it yet, then be prepared. Simply put, this novel contains a darling heroine with an oversized imagination, silly characters, loving parents, a thriller-like abbey, a handsome young hero (hello, Mr. Tilney), his ridiculous, callous brother and their mean father. What’s not to love about this novel?
“No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be a heroine.”
So, this brings us to our cup of tea. Which tea would go well with this over-the-top faux gothic tale?
How about Fortnum’s Assam Superb? It’s dark and rich and full of flavor, just like Northanger Abbey.
I think this tea would make a fine cup of tea while you are reading (or watching) Northanger Abbey. What do you think?
Also, because I like to be extra, there is a Pinterest board for this tea pairing. Happy Reading! xoxo, Jane
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