Everything about this book, from its cover to the descriptions of Japan’s culture, food, and iconic landmarks to the romance between Gabe and Fiona, is so beautiful.
I have plenty of quotes highlighted in the book, especially the bits where traditional Japanese words are used to describe abstract concepts inherent in the culture of the country.
I felt that quote this summed up the essence of Japan perfectly!
The Japanese are very good at keeping their traditions alive while at the same time being one of the most innovative and technologically advanced societies.
Reading this book felt like taking a culture trip to Japan.
You experience a solemn tea ceremony, wear a kimono, tour the major landmarks of Japan, travel on the bullet train, and sample some of the best of the country’s cuisine.
You learn about concepts like “wabi sabi,” “shibui,” and “kintsugi.”
Apart from that, you get quite an education on photography because Gabe is a world-renowned photographer and Fiona is an instagrammer and blogger who has won a free trip to Japan to be mentored by an experienced photographer. She hopes to display her photos in an exhibition in London.
You will not be prepared for the way Gabe and Fiona finally find their purpose in life. Gabe is too cynical and moody most of the time and Fiona is floundering in self-doubt, a feeling perpetuated by her hypochondriac mother.
The story ends on a satisfying note and left me with a warm and good feeling inside.
(Thank you to the author and Rachel for my review copy!)
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication date: June 19, 2020
Grab your passport and escape to a land of dazzling skycrapers, steaming bowls of comforting noodles, and a page-turning love story that will make you swoon!
For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses paid trip, it looks like her dreams are coming true.
Until she arrives in vibrant, bustling Tokyo and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago, gorgeous photographer Gabe.
Fiona can’t help but remember the heartache of their last meeting but amidst the temples and clouds of soft pink cherry blossoms, can Fiona and Gabe start to see life – and each other – differently?
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About Julie Caplin
Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer.
Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury brands, taking journalists on press trips to awful places like Turin, Milan, Geneva, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and occasionally losing the odd member of the press in an airport.
This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to eat amazing food, drink free alcohol, hone her writing skills on press releases and to research European cities for her books.
She writes best-selling warm-hearted contemporary fiction for HarperImpulse.
Under her pen name, Julie Caplin, her thirteenth novel, The Little Teashop in Tokyo will be published in ebook and paperback this June.
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