Title: Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Narrator: Charlie Sanderson
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rosie Lewis has her life together. A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021. That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he’s had an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, only to discover the following morning that she has spontaneously invested in a bright pink campervan to facilitate her grand plans to travel the country. Now, Rosie is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, and the chance to change her life! With Poppy, her new-found travelling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…? (Goodreads page linked to description).
I don’t think this was on any of my lists on Goodreads, but I got it during a 7 day sale that Audible were doing a little while back and one day I decided to start listening to it in bed as I was falling asleep and oh my goodness it was such a good idea! Not only did I listen to it when falling asleep, I also listened to it when I was doing things like tidying and working on a uni essay. It isn’t my highest rated adult contemporary – audiobook, or hardcopy – so far this year but it has definitely become one of my favourites (make a note of this, as it will appear in an upcoming post).
I found this such a heartwarming listen, and Rosie I felt really developed as a character after her heartbreaker, as the story progressed. I love the idea behind the story, and found myself going on an adventure across the country with Rosie and her camper van Poppy, the home of her new travelling tea shop (the teas of which sound amazing!), meeting new friend Arya and the amazingly handsome, but also annoying at times, Max. The festival aspect of it made the adventure all the more real, something much needed in these times – plus an alternative for me; someone who doesn’t do festivals at the best of times because of bad anxiety. Although the story had a relatively strong plot, there were a few discrepancies throughout; something would happen in the story, and then later Rosie would be talking as if it hadn’t occurred at all – as though she’d forgotten it had happened, if you take my meaning, however this didn’t affect my overall enjoyment.
I loved the narrator of the story, Sanderson; she did a great job of voicing Rosie and made her sound so alive, and brought her and her sense of humour into the audiobook, and had me laughing at nearly every turn. Sanderson also did an amazing job with the other characters, bringing their sense of humour and personalities alive too. I’d really love to listen to any more of the audiobook work she’s done.
If you’ve read or listened to this on audio, what were your thoughts on it?
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Until the next time!