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Become enamored with the splendor of Paris in this heartwarming and delightful story about writing one’s own destiny and finding love along the way. Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tea leaves. Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, Become enamored with the splendor of Paris in this heartwarming and delightful story about writing one’s own destiny and finding love along the way. Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tea leaves. Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai. The day before her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa accidentally sees her own fate: death by traffic accident. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric aunt, Evelyn, shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to America and bonjour to Paris. While working at Evelyn’s tea stall at a Parisian antique market, Vanessa performs some matchmaking of her own, attempting to help reconnect her aunt with a lost love. As she learns more about herself and the root of her gifts, she realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is.


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Become enamored with the splendor of Paris in this heartwarming and delightful story about writing one’s own destiny and finding love along the way. Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tea leaves. Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, Become enamored with the splendor of Paris in this heartwarming and delightful story about writing one’s own destiny and finding love along the way. Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tea leaves. Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai. The day before her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa accidentally sees her own fate: death by traffic accident. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric aunt, Evelyn, shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to America and bonjour to Paris. While working at Evelyn’s tea stall at a Parisian antique market, Vanessa performs some matchmaking of her own, attempting to help reconnect her aunt with a lost love. As she learns more about herself and the root of her gifts, she realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is.

30 review for Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    I really wanted to love this book as much as her previous release, but it just lacked any of the magic of Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune, a favorite of mine last year. Vanessa has a gift, but she considers it more of a curse. She has the ability to see into the future and can’t help herself from blurting out all that she sees. No matter the recipient... or the news. Her aunt Evelyn has volunteered to help Vanessa learn to manage and control this miraculous gift. Perhaps with help Vanessa I really wanted to love this book as much as her previous release, but it just lacked any of the magic of Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune, a favorite of mine last year. Vanessa has a gift, but she considers it more of a curse. She has the ability to see into the future and can’t help herself from blurting out all that she sees. No matter the recipient... or the news. Her aunt Evelyn has volunteered to help Vanessa learn to manage and control this miraculous gift. Perhaps with help Vanessa will discover a new gift along the way. She just needs to let her heart guide her. Between the abundance of food, both Vanessa's and Evelyn's love life and Vanessa’s gifts, the storyline felt convoluted and fragmented, never fully developing in one solid direction. Hoping the next release by this author will include all the charm her debut entailed. A buddy read with Susanne that left us both a bit disappointed. Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley Publishing

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    This is what I need! This is amazing way the escape from the reality and let your minds get a free ticket to a colorful, entertaining, romantic and magical journey! It was like virtual Disneyland tour with Eastern cultural vibrations! This book brings out the happy child I hid inside and help me see the beauties of the world in these bleak and dark days! Prophecies, matchmakers, magical realism, lots of delicious pastries, tea parties with predictions and true, heartfelt, poignant, beautiful roma This is what I need! This is amazing way the escape from the reality and let your minds get a free ticket to a colorful, entertaining, romantic and magical journey! It was like virtual Disneyland tour with Eastern cultural vibrations! This book brings out the happy child I hid inside and help me see the beauties of the world in these bleak and dark days! Prophecies, matchmakers, magical realism, lots of delicious pastries, tea parties with predictions and true, heartfelt, poignant, beautiful romance in one of the glamorous cities of the world. The love is pure, eccentric and special in Paris. Vanessa has a talent which is also a curse: she can partly see the future but she cannot control herself and blurts her predictions out in the wrong places at the very wrong times. Do you want examples? She may tell her own cousin in her wedding how she’s going to divorce from her future husband or she reluctantly tells her father about the death of his friend in the middle of a conversation. Poor Van sees her talent as a curse and after each prediction she suffers from killer headaches. She does not have a normal social life and a longtime romantic relationship because she is afraid of saying something inappropriate to ruin every special thing she has. So she just observes and envies the happy lives of her cousins and works as an accountant to help her family business which she does not truly enjoy but she has no idea what she’s going to do with her life. ' As you may see Van, surrounded by a noisy, entertaining, over protective army of aunts who want to see her happy, talking with a matchmaker behind her back to arrange a proper husband candidate. But even the matchmaker tells them she is hopeless and she cannot see her HEA. And she gets an offer she cannot reject at the same moment: Her aunt Evelyn who plans to open a tea shop in Paris and who has also talented clairvoyant offers to educate Van with her talent and take her to Paris to help her moving and opening her business. This is a great offer for Vanessa to take a break from her life and learn how to use her curse/talent and plus she’ll travel to the one of the most exotic and romantic cities of the world. As you may imagine, when Vanessa takes her first steps to the city and mesmerizes her mind with voracious and enchanting art, tasty food, vivid fashion, fantastic perfumes, she also finds the love of her life even though the prophecy warns her she’ll only spend three days with him, she is ready to take her chances. As Vanessa tests her ability about foreseeing things, she also finds out another surprising talent she hid for years and she also finds out the big secret that her aunt hides from the family. Helping her aunt means helping herself because that means the matchmakers’ predictions about their love lives can be changed. They have free will and they can make their own choices by changing their paths. Vanessa is adamant not to let go her true love after 3 days and she is also determined to help her Aunt Evelyn to have her happy ending with the help of her prying, noisy army of the other aunts. This book made me happy and put a big smile on my face. I had a little hard time to connect with the characters and the story when I read the previous book of the author but this one really exceeded my expectations and I truly enjoyed it. Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this feel-good ARC with me in exchange my honest review. blog instagram facebook twitter

  3. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Matchmaking and magic. Second chances and new beginnings. Food and family. Roselle Lim whisked me away to Paris with her lovely descriptive storytelling. Vanessa has been able to taste the future since she was young whenever she drinks tea. Even though she no longer drinks tea she still is compelled to burst out loud with her predictions. Something she is not thrilled about, especially because a lot of predictions are disturbing. I mean you wouldn’t want to tell your cousin at her wedding that h Matchmaking and magic. Second chances and new beginnings. Food and family. Roselle Lim whisked me away to Paris with her lovely descriptive storytelling. Vanessa has been able to taste the future since she was young whenever she drinks tea. Even though she no longer drinks tea she still is compelled to burst out loud with her predictions. Something she is not thrilled about, especially because a lot of predictions are disturbing. I mean you wouldn’t want to tell your cousin at her wedding that her husband’s going to cheat on her or tell your father at a baseball game that is best friend is going to die, would you? Needing to learn to control her gift, as well as needing a little time away from the family Vanessa heads to Paris with her Aunt Evelyn to help open her tea shop. Will the city of lights bring some clarity to Vanessa‘s life? Loved this book! It was so magical, so whimsical, so charming. Vanessa was such a sweet character loved spending time with her traveling around Paris. I also really liked Aunt Evelyn and her desire to help Vanessa. Loved how important family was in the story, Loved all the culture. Food played a big part in the story: delicious 10 course Chinese wedding dinners, yummy French pastries, and of course tea. There was also some sweet romance in the story for both Vanessa and Evelyn. I love both their love stories and the idea of red thread. This was an engaging story that hit me right in the heart! This book in emojis. 🍵 🥖 🍪 🦋 🧧 🧵 *** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  4. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    I was swept away by Roselle Lim's debut novel 'Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune'. It was sweet, adorable, full of magic and delicious recipes that could give you love, tenderness, or courage, depending on what you need the most in your life. Her second novel, Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris tea shop is as exquisite as Natalie Tan. I must say I didn't get into the book straightaway. Vanessa seemed so withdrawn and passive, almost invisible in her loud, well-meaning, but interfering family. She ha I was swept away by Roselle Lim's debut novel 'Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune'. It was sweet, adorable, full of magic and delicious recipes that could give you love, tenderness, or courage, depending on what you need the most in your life. Her second novel, Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris tea shop is as exquisite as Natalie Tan. I must say I didn't get into the book straightaway. Vanessa seemed so withdrawn and passive, almost invisible in her loud, well-meaning, but interfering family. She has a special gift of giving prophecies, but unlike her Aunt Evelyn who is a master clairvoyant, proud of being able to help people with her unusual ability to see their future, Vanessa is terrified of burdening the others with her visions of doom and gloom. Once I heard the prophecy Vanessa was trying unsuccessfully to hold and repress at her cousin's wedding, I could see why Vanessa saw her gift as a curse. I also reconnected with Roselle Lim's beautiful writing once more. The way the prophecies arrive to Vanessa... you just have to read and experience it yourself, but it is absolutely unique and magic! Vanessa's perpetual singledom and inability to go past a first date with any prospective romantic partner upsets and worries Vanessa's numerous aunts to the extent of staging an intervention in the form of inviting a famous matchmaker from China. Madame Fong confirms something Vanessa already knew. Everybody has a match somewhere, a person they are tied to by a red thread of romantic love. Clairvoyants don't and this is the price of their gift. Vanessa never wanted to be a fortune-teller, there's nothing she would want more than not to have it or at least to be able to control where and when she blurts out her prophecies. If there is a person who can help her, it is Aunt Evelyn who is about to open a tea shop in the center of Paris. Three weeks in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, full of art, history and best food possible and an opportunity to have lessons on how to control her unruly gift. Vanessa throws herself into experiencing Paris with all her senses: art, architecture, romance, and food, oh her mouth-watering descriptions of food are the best I've ever read. Did I mention romance? Vanessa meets her special stranger, but there is a catch: her aunt Evelyn already predicted that Vanessa will have but a few days with lovely Marc. Would you get into a relationship with an expiry date? Would you allow yourself fall in love knowing you your heart will be broken? Vanessa wants what she has been denied by the virtue of being born with her special talent, she wants to defy fate: 'Despite spilling others' fortunes, I refused to believe fate dictated my life. I believed in revolt, in breaking away from what was imposed upon me, and my fundamental rejection of my power proved that I rejected destiny too.' What does it mean to be true to yourself? Vanessa's aunt Evelyn has always followed fortune-telling rules to the letter and sacrificed her romantic relationship to be with her family. Vanessa has been working in her family accounting business for years, she has been nothing but a dutiful daughter and niece. Her gift is also something she owes to her family. With her identity being so strongly linked to her family and her place in it, even if she manages to get rid of her curse, where will it leave her? To my delight, Vanessa manages to discover her own way of helping people and there is a happy ever after for her. This book delivers fully on its promise to take the reader on a magic adventure of self-discovery in one of the most romantic cities on the world. Can't wait to meet Roselle Lim's next protagonist and be spell-bound by their story. Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Roselle Lim writes the most charming stories with touches of magic. Vanessa Yu can read fortunes in tea leaves. She doesn’t want this gift, though, and it makes her life more difficult. On top of that, her singleness has her parents up in arms and hiring a matchmaking expert from Shanghai. Vanessa sees a fate in the tea leaves that disturbs her. From this point, she decides she has to get rid of this ability so she can live her life. Her aunt Evelyn whisks her away to Paris where she works in her a Roselle Lim writes the most charming stories with touches of magic. Vanessa Yu can read fortunes in tea leaves. She doesn’t want this gift, though, and it makes her life more difficult. On top of that, her singleness has her parents up in arms and hiring a matchmaking expert from Shanghai. Vanessa sees a fate in the tea leaves that disturbs her. From this point, she decides she has to get rid of this ability so she can live her life. Her aunt Evelyn whisks her away to Paris where she works in her aunt’s tea stall, and eventually she works as a matchmaker for her beloved aunt. This is a such a warm story with so much heart. I just loved Vanessa and her aunt Evelyn. Talk about fun characters! I loved the small touch of magic and whimsy. The message is such a good one, too. Roselle Lim, I hope you have many more stories to tell us. Incorporating food (this is Lim’s thing- YUM), tea, and heartwarming storytelling, Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop is a gem of a story. I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    Vanessa Vu never wanted to see people’s fortunes or misfortunes, in tea leaves, and she has never embraced the gift of fortune telling that she was born with. But, these visions are taking a toll on her life, physically and emotionally, so her Aunties check her Goodreads account to make sure the paperback romances they are buying her for her thirteen hour plane ride, have not been read - (❤️love that! ) before sending her off to Paris to study under the other family fortune teller, Aunt Evelyn, i Vanessa Vu never wanted to see people’s fortunes or misfortunes, in tea leaves, and she has never embraced the gift of fortune telling that she was born with. But, these visions are taking a toll on her life, physically and emotionally, so her Aunties check her Goodreads account to make sure the paperback romances they are buying her for her thirteen hour plane ride, have not been read - (❤️love that! ) before sending her off to Paris to study under the other family fortune teller, Aunt Evelyn, in her Aunt’s Paris Tea shop. She must learn the FIVE RULES OF FORTUNE TELLING if she is to get her life under control. Now, this wasn’t a BAD book, by any means but it just wasn’t exactly what I was expecting-spending a LOT of time describing the Asian Culinary Delights her family enjoys in San Francisco, and the famous landmarks and Culinary Delights of Paris. (You may want to google some of them for a visual!) In fact, the author spends more time describing food and Paris, than she did the things that I was hoping to read more about-the fortune telling, the Tea Shoppe and the TEA! Having enjoyed taking a tea class (like a wine tasting class with tea) and attending an Afternoon Tea. ☕️- I was looking to learn more about the cultures and traditions. Paris is THE city of Love, ❤️, and I didn’t realize this was actually much more of a ROMANCE novel-again not what I was expecting -as the two women discover their TRUE selves, and learn to embrace the lives (and LOVES) they truly want. This was another fun buddy read with DeAnn, who enjoyed it just a bit more than I did, so be sure to read her review as well for another opinion! Available now!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This was a magical read full of family, love & Parisian food. Vanessa was a character I fell in love with and wanted her to find love so bad. I loved reading her journey going to Paris to learn more about her 'prophecy gift' and experience Paris for the first time. Overall a cute book plus all the food...made me hungry for days. This was a magical read full of family, love & Parisian food. Vanessa was a character I fell in love with and wanted her to find love so bad. I loved reading her journey going to Paris to learn more about her 'prophecy gift' and experience Paris for the first time. Overall a cute book plus all the food...made me hungry for days.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    Vanessa Yu has a gift. One which has ruled her life and one, which she has fought against her whole life. Vanessa is a clairvoyant. She can read fortunes at the bottom of one’s teacups and once she sees the future she is unable to hold in her prediction. Sadly, this has caused Vanessa much strife as she often sees pain and despair instead of happiness and light. The only thing that Vanessa wants in life is to find love and because of her gift, it alludes her. Vanessa therefore, would do anything Vanessa Yu has a gift. One which has ruled her life and one, which she has fought against her whole life. Vanessa is a clairvoyant. She can read fortunes at the bottom of one’s teacups and once she sees the future she is unable to hold in her prediction. Sadly, this has caused Vanessa much strife as she often sees pain and despair instead of happiness and light. The only thing that Vanessa wants in life is to find love and because of her gift, it alludes her. Vanessa therefore, would do anything to get rid of her gift and yet, it is her destiny. Vanessa’s Aunt Evelyn is also a clairvoyant who lives in Paris. Evelyn has accepted this gift and because of that, she learned to control it and it is up to her to teach Vanessa to do the same. “Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop” is the second book I’ve read by Roselle Kim, the first being “Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune” - which I absolutely adored. Sadly, “Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop” didn’t quite hold the same magic for me. While it had many storylines running through it, I felt that it lacked a true focus. In addition, none of the characters truly made me care about what was going on in their lives. I am however only one reviewer, thus I suggest reading other reviews as this may be a case of my being the wrong reader for this novel. Having loved Roselle Kim’s first book, I will definitely be on the lookout for her next novel and hope it will rekindle the magic of “Natalie Tan.” Another buddy read with Ms. Kaceey! Published on Edelweiss and Goodreads on 9.27.20

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    I enjoyed this one! It was definitely odd to me because i'm not used to magical realism but it was kind of fun to see a 'that's so raven' moment in a women's fiction novel. I definitely do not consider this one a romance as it focuses more on relationship development between Vanessa and her aunt versus her cute relationship with her boy. I enjoyed her aunt's storyline plus love. I'm taking a star off because Vanessa was kind of like a teenager in fantasy movies/books. She whined about her magica I enjoyed this one! It was definitely odd to me because i'm not used to magical realism but it was kind of fun to see a 'that's so raven' moment in a women's fiction novel. I definitely do not consider this one a romance as it focuses more on relationship development between Vanessa and her aunt versus her cute relationship with her boy. I enjoyed her aunt's storyline plus love. I'm taking a star off because Vanessa was kind of like a teenager in fantasy movies/books. She whined about her magical powers and didn't want anything to do with it despite her having horrible visions that hurt a lot of people. I'm also taking half a star off because it got a little weird at the end. REAL RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

  10. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    3.5 Parisian stars (rounded up) This was a whimsical, delightful trip to Paris, filled with delicious descriptions of food, especially pastries. This one made me long for a trip to France, but only armchair travel for now. Vanessa is part of a big family in San Francisco, working on the accounting side for the family. She’s been gifted with the fortune teller gene, but she has fought it her whole life. After a particularly bad forecast at her cousin’s wedding, she decides to head to Paris with Aun 3.5 Parisian stars (rounded up) This was a whimsical, delightful trip to Paris, filled with delicious descriptions of food, especially pastries. This one made me long for a trip to France, but only armchair travel for now. Vanessa is part of a big family in San Francisco, working on the accounting side for the family. She’s been gifted with the fortune teller gene, but she has fought it her whole life. After a particularly bad forecast at her cousin’s wedding, she decides to head to Paris with Auntie Evelyn to see if she can finally train her fortune telling skills. Evelyn has always been mysterious, beautiful, and alone. Vanessa and Evelyn get along wonderfully at first and Vanessa even finds a handsome man to give her a tour of some Parisian sights. Will this romance finally stick or is Vanessa destined to be alone like her aunt? While I did enjoy this one, I longed for a bit more about tea and fortune telling. I am curious to read the author’s first book too – “Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune.” This was a fun buddy read with Jayme, my book courtesy of my local library.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yna the Mood Reader

    Much thanks to Caffeine Book Tours and Berkley Romance for sending me a copy for review and for inviting me to be a part of this tour. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may or may not appear in the final published copy. 📚 Series? No. 📚 Genre? Adult > Contemporary > Romance 📚 POV? Third person 📚 Cliffhanger? No. ⚠ Content Warnings: Near-death experience, racism ⚠ Book Tags : Clairvoyance. Large family. Travel. Paris. East Asian represent Much thanks to Caffeine Book Tours and Berkley Romance for sending me a copy for review and for inviting me to be a part of this tour. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may or may not appear in the final published copy. 📚 Series? No. 📚 Genre? Adult > Contemporary > Romance 📚 POV? Third person 📚 Cliffhanger? No. ⚠ Content Warnings: Near-death experience, racism ⚠ Book Tags : Clairvoyance. Large family. Travel. Paris. East Asian representation. Magical realism. The book is about: Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you can see the future every time you drink tea? Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop tells the story of Vanessa Yu and her unique skill of clairvoyance. Though it can be treated as a gift, Vanessa sees this as a curse. Aside from the predictions coming at inappropriate times, she also gets massive headaches whenever they come. Eventually, Vanessa was given the chance to come with her Aunt Evelyn in Paris, as her aunt also has the ability of clairvoyance and she can teach her how to control her powers better. What drew me in: Earlier this year, I have read Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune. Her captivating writing style alone made me so excited to read more of her work. I am happy to see that she has delivered the same descriptive way of writing that makes me feel like I am actually there with her. Also, I was attracted to explore the themes as hinted at in the blurb. I don’t usually dabble in magical realism, but Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop delivered something special. Characters & connections: Vanessa Yu’s also introduced an amazing selection of characters. I tend to get lost when there are many people within a book, especially like Vanessa’s family. However, Roselle Lim has created vibrant characters with personalities that leap off the page. I felt connected with each of them and everything that they stand for. Everything I liked: When I think about the things I liked about this book, so many things come to mind that it’s so hard to decide where to start. I guess I can begin with what this book made me feel. I had a craving for a read that is simple but immersive and this definitely had that. Vanessa Yu’s felt like a cultural immersion – with the traditions, beliefs, and delicious food. And then, it took me on an adventure to Paris – a place I have always dreamed of going. Again, I have to commend how beautiful Roselle Lim writes. She paints vivid pictures of scenes that you can’t help but imagine being there in the flesh with all of the characters. Paris is one of my dream destinations, and I felt like Vanessa Yu brought me along for the ride. Overall thoughts: I don’t know if it’s the theme of the book or just my mood, but I loved this book better than the author’s debut novel. Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop combined everything that I love in my reads. I got that signature Asian family drama, culture, food, travel, romance, mystery, adventure, and a dash of magic to give me that extra boost. Can’t wait to read the author’s future works! My Book Rating Breakdown 🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🌼 Significant Other:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ OVERALL RATING: 4.5/5 STARS!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a cute, quick read that I wanted to like a lot more than I actually did. The kernel of the story was appealing and could have been riveting, but the characters seemed so unrealistic and wooden that the unfolding plot felt artificial. There were few motivations that made sense, people didn't ask questions or have reactions that they naturally would in certain circumstances, and all of the conflict that was supposed to have been longstanding was resolved over a period of days after one or This is a cute, quick read that I wanted to like a lot more than I actually did. The kernel of the story was appealing and could have been riveting, but the characters seemed so unrealistic and wooden that the unfolding plot felt artificial. There were few motivations that made sense, people didn't ask questions or have reactions that they naturally would in certain circumstances, and all of the conflict that was supposed to have been longstanding was resolved over a period of days after one or two conversations with Vanessa. Unrealistic details kept throwing me out of the story. Ok, Vanessa's family has clairvoyants. Cool. But they seem to live in *this* actual world, where you can't just yell at a stranger that their dad is going to die. Vanessa would make sudden dire predictions about death, affairs, injuries -- and everyone immediately accepts them. Strangers who have their futures unknowingly thrust upon then when they carne in for a cup of tea don't freak out, run away, or say "hey, crazy lady, what are you babbling about?" -- they don't even say "what the fuck?" They just ... move on, out of the story, while Vanessa agonizes over how predicting a stranger's death makes HER feel. She keeps saying she wants to change her life, but passively accepts everything that happens to her -- her aunt taking her to Paris and telling her where to be at certain times because of these visions she's seen of Vanessa's future. Vanessa's struggle against her gift/curse is just as passively resolved in a deux ex machina that literally comes out of nowhere. And oh, the bizarre conflicts & instant resolutions! Ines at the bakery & the cute grocer, divided by a super weird arranged marriage situation & the fact that apparently "bakers usually marry bakers." Ines loves him but for some reason he has to make the first move. But one quick speech from Vanessa and the guy whose been dawdling for years straightens up and figures out his life. Similarly the decades-long conflict between the aunt and impossibly handsome rich restauranteur Girard -- every main character is gorgeous and rich -- is resolved after Vanessa lies her way into a meeting with him and tells him to stop being a dick to her aunt. And I can't even deal with Vanessa's own romance with (of course) impossibly handsome pastry chef Marc, who also loves art and can draw and speaks French. After a meet-cute, she proceeds to spend three days wandering around a city where she doesn't know the language with a total stranger who won't tell her what he does for a living because he's cute. So, so dumb. Of course they are immediately in love and of course there is an ultimately pointless conflict about his gambling that is resolved in, yes, one conversation and a promise to do an online support group. That and a two-week acquaintance is definitely a good reason to move halfway around the world with someone. And after all that, I could have ignored the dumb bits and enjoyed the fluffy distraction, were it not for ridiculous snobbery and classism that saturates the writing style. Designer name-dropping, spur-of-the-moment first class seats on a flight to Paris, shopping sprees paid for by the rich aunt who has a Victorian house in San Francisco stuffed with antiques and a Parisian flat in a family-owned building which ditto. It makes the later worries about the teashop failing laughable -- it's a hobby for Aunt Evelyn, not a business risk. Especially right now, reading this in May 2020, this overt display of faith in capitalism was more disturbing than reflective of any kind of wish fulfillment. Additionally, protracted descriptions of art, decor, scenery, and food bogged down the plot -- I found myself skimming the sometimes page-long descriptions that sounded more like a Parisian foodie blog than words that would be spoken in casual conversation among actual people. I'm also not a foodie and the text dripped with condescension toward us poor folks who can't appreciate 37 different kinds of oysters or identify obscure French cheeses by aroma. At one point Vanessa makes a disparaging comment about a date who took her to a greasy spoon, like it was the ultimate insult. It started feeling a little personal by the end. Loving food, cooking, baking, enjoying feeding those you love -- those can be expressed as universal experiences even if one isn't a master chef, but these characters would never find joy over a plate of greasy French fries in a diner in the middle of the night. If they had been more relatable I might have felt sad for them. As it is, I'm getting angrier about this whole book the more I think about it. It could have been so so good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    4 Stars *A scrumptious story about destiny, love, and finding a purpose in life* Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune really struck a chord with me last year, so I was excited to read Lim's next book. Plus it had the added bonus of the Paris setting which was great given how badly I've been craving some vicarious travel. Vanessa Y’s Magical Paris Tea Shop tells the story of a young woman with the ability to see people’s future in tea leaves. But Vanessa sees this ability as a burden not a gift a 4 Stars *A scrumptious story about destiny, love, and finding a purpose in life* Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune really struck a chord with me last year, so I was excited to read Lim's next book. Plus it had the added bonus of the Paris setting which was great given how badly I've been craving some vicarious travel. Vanessa Y’s Magical Paris Tea Shop tells the story of a young woman with the ability to see people’s future in tea leaves. But Vanessa sees this ability as a burden not a gift and tries to suppress it as much as possible. After a particularly embarrassing negative prediction, Vanessa agrees to go to Paris to train with her aunt. But Paris is a city with magic of its own, and it just might be able to help Vanessa find her path in life. Despite spilling others' fortunes, I refused to believe fate dictated my life. I believed in revolt, in breaking away from what was imposed upon me, and my fundamental rejection of my power proved that I rejected destiny too.” I love how well food and Magical Realism go together. They make the perfect pairing. And although it isn't an entirely new idea, I loved that Vanessa’s predictions came with a sort of synesthesia. She could literally taste her visions. It added an extra layer to the experience. The Paris setting was lovely, but what was most vivid about Vanessa Y’s Magical Paris Tea Shop was the food descriptions. This story was literally mouth-watering. At one point, I ended up glaring at my leftover lunch and thinking, “Why the hell aren’t you fresh gourmet food?” What fell short for me was the romance. I did not care for the love interest, so I wasn’t invested in whether or not they ended up together. The family dynamics and journey of self-discovery were endearing, but at the end of the day Vanessa Yu did not have as much of an emotional impact on me as Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune. Nevertheless this was a charming story and the perfect little escape. I do have to note that it looks like the publisher’s synopsis is not up to date as it is inconsistent with the actual content of the story. RATING FACTORS: Ease of Reading: 5 Stars Writing Style: 4 Stars Characters and Character Development: 3 Stars Plot Structure and Development: 4 Stars Level of Captivation: 4 Stars Originality: 3 Stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    I like stories with a bit of magic. I like feel-good stories with happy endings (especially now with so much uncertainty in the world). I found both of these in Roselle Lim’s first novel, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune, and am happy to say, also in this new book. Vanessa Yu has a gift she never wanted: she can randomly predict the future. Often her predictions are awkward and make others feel bad, like when she predicted divorce at a wedding. It’s a family trait, so she goes to Paris wit I like stories with a bit of magic. I like feel-good stories with happy endings (especially now with so much uncertainty in the world). I found both of these in Roselle Lim’s first novel, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune, and am happy to say, also in this new book. Vanessa Yu has a gift she never wanted: she can randomly predict the future. Often her predictions are awkward and make others feel bad, like when she predicted divorce at a wedding. It’s a family trait, so she goes to Paris with her aunt, who also makes predictions, to learn how to better control her “gift.” Her aunt is opening a tea shop there, but there are complications, mainly related to a failed romance from her past. Can Vanessa help her aunt find happiness, and maybe even find love herself? Roselle Lim has officially made it to my list of must-read favorite authors, and I look forward to reading her next novel. I am so grateful that Edelweiss and the publisher provided me with this advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    I am super excited to give this author another try | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram I am super excited to give this author another try | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    3.5 stars, but had to round it up because this novel left me feeling delighted. Lim portrays Paris (and the food you might find there) in a delightful way, all while bringing a story (with a hint of magic) to life about one young woman figuring out what she wants out of her life. Definitely can recommend that you check this one out!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Precious ✨

    & now that I've sat with this for a bit longer I can finally write this review. What a wonderful trip to Paris, and yes I mean this book. This is my first time reading anything by Roselle Lin and I was most blown away by her prose. From the scenery descriptions, to the vibrant magic that embraces even the mundane. What I took away the most was that this novel was unique beyond measure to me. The story follows Vanessa Yu and her search to control her predictions. Like anyone with some sort of magi & now that I've sat with this for a bit longer I can finally write this review. What a wonderful trip to Paris, and yes I mean this book. This is my first time reading anything by Roselle Lin and I was most blown away by her prose. From the scenery descriptions, to the vibrant magic that embraces even the mundane. What I took away the most was that this novel was unique beyond measure to me. The story follows Vanessa Yu and her search to control her predictions. Like anyone with some sort of magic, she doesn't want it at all. She's gone above and beyond to avoid confronting this part of herself that they more so control her. Her Aunt Evelyn is also a fortune teller as this gift runs in the family, and has decided that she is willing to try to teach Vanessa again but she must come with her to Paris to do it. With her most recent prediction involves the pain of someone she loves, Vanessa's all for it and the two of them leave for the city of love. What I will say about how the predictions work and are described by Vanessa to the reader is one that will leave you hungry for more. It's something I've never read before and now I can't think of them any other way. Once arriving she's immersed in the magic that is Paris and at this point in the book it's immersed in magical realism. I haven't read too many novels in that particular style but the ones I have I love it and this book is no exception. The flight of the blue butterflies, the threads of fate, transitions of the present to a filter overlapping the past. It's beautiful. Roselle has a way with words that leaves you feeling like you are in the clouds at sunset. The story progresses with her training, matchmaking (against her aunt's behest,) and exploring a maybe love of her own. I truly adored this read, the only thing I wasn't keen on was how the ending felt a bit abrupt. It's one of those things I can't really put my finger on and say "this should've been different" because then we might have a totally different ending. However, I do feel like some of the resolution could have been fleshed out. Other than that, and honestly not that big of a deal, this was a fantastic story and helped me out a slump I was in. I would recommend this to anyone who loves traveling through books, being in love with love, food, and finding a different path than the one that was given to you. Thank you to the Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)

    Warning: Do not read this book on an empty stomach. 😭🥟 Today’s blog post is super exciting because I’m sharing my review and moodboard of Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop as a tour stop for Caffeine Book Tours. Roselle Lim’s writing whisked me into a magical, romantic world that reminded me of my favorite cheesy (yet incredibly feel-good) Lifetime movies. Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop follows Vanessa, a Chinese-American accountant who also happens to possess the ability to tell fortunes b Warning: Do not read this book on an empty stomach. 😭🥟 Today’s blog post is super exciting because I’m sharing my review and moodboard of Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop as a tour stop for Caffeine Book Tours. Roselle Lim’s writing whisked me into a magical, romantic world that reminded me of my favorite cheesy (yet incredibly feel-good) Lifetime movies. Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop follows Vanessa, a Chinese-American accountant who also happens to possess the ability to tell fortunes based on remnants of people’s drinks. Unfortunately, Vanessa lacks any control of her power, bursting into a prophecy whenever she sees the end of someone’s cup. After Vanessa ruins a wedding by accidentally predicting the groom’s future infidelity, she becomes determined to control her power. She decides to leave her job in the States to join her Aunt Evelyn, an expert fortune teller, in Paris to finally train and gain control. In the past Vanessa’s romantic relationships had always been hindered by her unexpected fortunes. However, as much as this was a story about romance, it was first and foremost a story about Vanessa finding confidence in herself and learning to appreciate her ability. Reading this book made me feel like Blair Waldorf in Season 4 of Gossip Girl as she explored the streets of Paris with her best friend. The author’s lush descriptions made the story come to life. You can easily envision the grand family gatherings and the soft moments in an outdoor Parisian cafe. I will admit that it took me a while to get acquainted with the story because it was difficult for me to grasp the magical elements in a romance novel, but once you’re adjusted, you’re swept into a complex story that also explores family relationships, xenophobia, and much more. Most notably, Roselle Lim knows how to write about food. I have about 20 highlights of food descriptions that made my mouth water, and while the insertions of the many many descriptions at times felt overly zealous, it was still such a fun way to get a taste of Paris. 😉 During a time where we’re all currently stuck at home, it was so delightful to travel through Roselle Lim’s writing and wander the streets of Paris with Vanessa and her aunt. If you’re looking for a book about food, family, and fortune, this would be the perfect one to pick up!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    This book is great if you ever dream of going to Paris and having the art loving and culinary adventure of a lifetime. Vanessa Yu and her aunt love to eat. In fact her whole family loves to eat and this book had me craving everything from Peking duck to sweet crepes and prosciutto pizza. They eat so don't go into this book without a snack ready. But Vanessa has a special ability she was born with that allows her to see other people's futures and it sometimes causes problems. When Vanessa sees a f This book is great if you ever dream of going to Paris and having the art loving and culinary adventure of a lifetime. Vanessa Yu and her aunt love to eat. In fact her whole family loves to eat and this book had me craving everything from Peking duck to sweet crepes and prosciutto pizza. They eat so don't go into this book without a snack ready. But Vanessa has a special ability she was born with that allows her to see other people's futures and it sometimes causes problems. When Vanessa sees a fortune she can't help but blurt it out like when she ruins her cousin's wedding after foreseeing her divorced within a year. Ashamed and struggling to deal with this gift that she's convinced is ruining her life she and her family decide she needs a vacation. So she's spending time in Paris with the other family fortune teller her tea selling aunt Evelyn. From there her adventure begins which includes eating her way through Paris, wearing fashionable clothes, and sketching at historic sites. Not to mention a cute expat willing to show her around the city. I do wish the book would've gotten more into how people react to Vanessa blurting out their futures. We got to see her reactions but not there's. Of course her family was used to her and would accept it but she would have encounters with strangers like the man who was planning to propose to his girlfriend and no one really questioned her. People were coming in for a cup of tea and getting told their family member would die! I also didn't like how she was pushing her aunt to rekindle a romance with a man who she knew nothing about who also had a friend who launched a racist/xenophobic campaign against the tea shop. Overall this was a cute romance that would be good for a rainy day read curled up under a blanket with a cup of hot tea. It's a clean romance that won't have you overthinking anything. I received an arc from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review also posted https://womenofcolorreadtoo.blogspot....

  20. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    I basically won the lottery and was able to read an early copy of VANESSA YU'S MAGICAL PARIS TEA SHOP. This is the second book I've read by Roselle Lim, and it did not disappoint. It made me hungry (her food descriptions will make your mouth water, so be sure to snack while you read) and swept me up in its magic. I love this book so much. It's romantic, wonderful, and made me want to hop on a plane to Paris. I can't wait to read it again.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    Vanessa Yu can see people's futures, good and bad, in their teacups and blurts them out against her will. Some of these predictions cause hurt, which hurts her. She hates her gift, causing friction with her aunt who also inherited the family gift, only in the form of clairvoyance. Vanessa has no love life because of this gift. Her aunt insists that’s the cost of the gift, making Vanessa even more angry . . . but at the same time, she resists her mother’s forceful attempts at matchmaking. So she g Vanessa Yu can see people's futures, good and bad, in their teacups and blurts them out against her will. Some of these predictions cause hurt, which hurts her. She hates her gift, causing friction with her aunt who also inherited the family gift, only in the form of clairvoyance. Vanessa has no love life because of this gift. Her aunt insists that’s the cost of the gift, making Vanessa even more angry . . . but at the same time, she resists her mother’s forceful attempts at matchmaking. So she goes to Paris with her aunt to learn to control the gift. Once she arrives, she begins working at her aunt's teashop, starts lessons in controlling her predictions, and begins to learn about her aunt’s private life, as well as the sad romantic situation of her aunt’s baker friend. Meanwhile there is a very nasty plot against the success of the tea shop. Vanessa is determined to do something about those situations, especially when she meets the wonderful Marc . . . I found this book uneven. It’s a very material book as well as sensory. We get plentiful details of her aunts’ buying extravaganzas, and Vanessa’s apartment is even qualified with its square footage, though that site is scarcely in the book. On the other hand, the descriptions of art and especially of food are absolutely scrumptious. In fact, the food, and the appreciation for art, was the best part of the book for me. The author managed to make certain flavors that I can’t stand sound enticing. And the love for Paris casts a golden glow over a city that many find magical already. Unfortunately, the romances don’t get anywhere near the complexity that is spent on the food. They are more perfunctory than developed, with Vanessa unconsciously emulating her mother as she bulldozes into others’ lives for their own good, even though (like Vanessa with her mother) no one wants her interference. Causing some downright cringe moments. Equally cringy was her implied triumph at refusing to learn French, or Chinese, and sticking only with English in her travels. But it turns out there is a reason for her focus on others’ love lives, furnishing the one unexpected twist in the story. Overall I enjoyed it, but I do wish the author crafted her characters as well as her food descriptions. Copy provided by NetGalley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Vanessa never saw her clairvoyance as a gift. Rather, it was a plague which kept her from forming any meaningful relationships outside of her family. After the very unfortunate timing of one of her visions, Vanessa decides it is time to get her "gift" under control. That means lessons with Aunt Evelyn, the other fortune teller in the family. Though she was not looking forward to being under Aunt Evelyn's tutelage, she was excited that her lessons would take place in Paris. Maybe even she could f Vanessa never saw her clairvoyance as a gift. Rather, it was a plague which kept her from forming any meaningful relationships outside of her family. After the very unfortunate timing of one of her visions, Vanessa decides it is time to get her "gift" under control. That means lessons with Aunt Evelyn, the other fortune teller in the family. Though she was not looking forward to being under Aunt Evelyn's tutelage, she was excited that her lessons would take place in Paris. Maybe even she could find love there. Once again, Lim delivered a feel-good story which was beautifully written and included a bit of magic. Filled with full-bodied descriptions of the sights, sounds, and flavors of Paris, I found myself transported to the City of Lights, and I delighted in every moment I spent there. I was also charmed by Vanessa's family. The Yu clan was large and very tight knit. There were close friendship between the cousins, never ending meddling from the aunties, and an abundance of love. The interactions between Vanessa and her family members were full of fun and warmth, and they never failed to bring a smile to my face. Though I enjoyed Lim's previous book, I was left wanting a bit more from the romance. Therefore, I was happy to find romance played a bigger role in this book. In fact, there were several romances spotlighted. Each came with smiles and swoons, but there was a bit of drama too. Needless to say, I was excited about all the pairings. This was a beautiful story of self discovery made even better by blending in family, food, romance, and a little magic. I was enchanted by Vanessa's story and really appreciated being transported out of my world, even if just for a few hours. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I picked this to have a lighter read and it fulfilled that role; I always meant to read the author's earlier book - "Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune" - but haven't yet. I think they are related but I didn't feel lost in this one. Vanessa has the family gift of telling fortunes and it happens against her will, often when she drinks tea. She's fought it but soon discovers she may have no choice. She moves to Paris with her aunt to train her abilities while her aunt opens a tea shop. There is I picked this to have a lighter read and it fulfilled that role; I always meant to read the author's earlier book - "Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune" - but haven't yet. I think they are related but I didn't feel lost in this one. Vanessa has the family gift of telling fortunes and it happens against her will, often when she drinks tea. She's fought it but soon discovers she may have no choice. She moves to Paris with her aunt to train her abilities while her aunt opens a tea shop. There is some romance in the book but that isn't the central story. I would say I liked the central story; sometimes the writing left a little to be desired, especially a few awkward food and tea descriptions. But overall a not quite realistic, rompy little read of self-discovery. And I definitely craved tea for days. I had a copy from the publisher through netgalley and it came out August 4.

  24. 4 out of 5

    belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)

    One might think being able to read the future from tea leaves is fun and interesting but soon we’ll find out the extent of sadness when it comes to predicting unfortunate events. Without being trained, Vanessa Yu finds herself blurting out all her predictions whenever it comes to her and that extends to predicting death and separation. In Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop, Vanessa’s done resisting her ability. Instead, she’s trying to control her powers and determine her own future. Vanessa has One might think being able to read the future from tea leaves is fun and interesting but soon we’ll find out the extent of sadness when it comes to predicting unfortunate events. Without being trained, Vanessa Yu finds herself blurting out all her predictions whenever it comes to her and that extends to predicting death and separation. In Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop, Vanessa’s done resisting her ability. Instead, she’s trying to control her powers and determine her own future. Vanessa has longed to be in love. Unfortunately, she can never sustain a relationship (or finish a first date) without blurting out a prediction. To her, love will never come. The romance between Marc and Vanessa was okay. Although they fell for each other quite quickly, I didn’t mind it much. Mainly because I was more invested in Vanessa and Aunt Evelyn’s individual growths. Instead of just focusing on Vanessa’s self-discovery journey, the book is also about Aunt Evelyn who we’ve met in Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune. As compared to her sisters, who are loud and meddling, Aunt Evelyn doesn’t open herself up to many people. She’s elegant and refined. There were many times when both Aunt Evelyn and Vanessa were confronted by their own beliefs and ways of looking at the world. While Aunt Evelyn has resigned to fate, Vanessa is questioning and attempting seize her own dreams. On another note, the book tackles serious issues like racism, xenophobia and micro-aggressions. Aunt Evelyn is trying to establishing her tea shop in a foreign land that she fell in love with but is targetted by xenophobic people. The magical and beautiful exterior of Paris doesn’t hide the ugly, racist ideologies and practices. I loved that Roselle Lim’s books have great emphasis on family. Vanessa’s huge family is so precious. I felt a connection with Vanessa Yu’s because her family reminds me of mine. The parallels are uncanny. No matter how meddling, loud or extreme they can be, her aunties are always there to support and help. They willingly and voluntarily nosedive into other people’s businesses and would spend the whole day gossiping about everything under the sun. But you love them. Roselle Lim’s simplistic prose makes reading easy and seamless. The descriptive writing enhances the reading experience by painting a vivid imagery of the whimsical and magical Paris. It felt as if I were there walking around the City of Lights with Vanessa as she explores Paris. Also, I couldn’t get enough of all the delicious food ranging from French sandwich to sushi to Vietnamese food. yuummyyy~ Overall, a wonderful, magical contemporary novel that’s filled with unfiltered prophecies, lost loves, and a nosy family. A talent that’s deemed as a curse. Fate can be altered and your life is yours to determine.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This is a book of many facets. Vanessa belongs to a large Chinese/American family where the elders cling to the old ways and the younger generation are 99% (almost) American, so the family dynamic is interesting. The various Aunts are nothing if not amusing! Vanessa is repelled by her eerie ‘gift’ of seeing people’s fortunes &/or misfortunes. Her Aunt Evelyn also has this exceptional ‘gift’ which she has accepted and is able to discipline it. She invites Vanessa to Paris where she is opening a ve This is a book of many facets. Vanessa belongs to a large Chinese/American family where the elders cling to the old ways and the younger generation are 99% (almost) American, so the family dynamic is interesting. The various Aunts are nothing if not amusing! Vanessa is repelled by her eerie ‘gift’ of seeing people’s fortunes &/or misfortunes. Her Aunt Evelyn also has this exceptional ‘gift’ which she has accepted and is able to discipline it. She invites Vanessa to Paris where she is opening a very special tea shop. She promises to teach Vanessa how to manage her ‘gift’. There is a travelogue of Paris’ historical places, much mention of familiar well-known works of art, and most of all a nod to lovers of haute cuisine (both Chinese and French). If you don’t mind a little cheesy romance and mystical matchmaking you’ll get through it to the end. This is a special treat for lovers of cuisine – haute or otherwise. Sorry to say I’m not one of those. ***NOTE: This line is so outrageous I am compelled to call it out because I found it offensive: “Paris had never suffered extensive damage from war.” (Pg.138) It’s insulting to the Paris of the 1930’s/1940’s when Paris was very much damaged by war in more ways than one. If any such damage is no longer apparent in the 2000’s that line denotes a disregard of history.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lorilin

    Vanessa is a young, single woman who has an uncanny ability to see the future when she looks into her tea cup. Her prophecies come bubbling out of her, and she’s helpless to stop them. Oftentimes she’s delivering bad news (like “your husband is going to cheat on you next year” to a bride-to-be, or “your best friend is having a heart attack right now” to a beloved family member). As a result, many people find her odd and, well, depressing. Vanessa hates her gift but doesn’t know how to stop it, s Vanessa is a young, single woman who has an uncanny ability to see the future when she looks into her tea cup. Her prophecies come bubbling out of her, and she’s helpless to stop them. Oftentimes she’s delivering bad news (like “your husband is going to cheat on you next year” to a bride-to-be, or “your best friend is having a heart attack right now” to a beloved family member). As a result, many people find her odd and, well, depressing. Vanessa hates her gift but doesn’t know how to stop it, so she tries to isolate herself as much as possible. Her aunt, however, has a similar gift, and she’s determined to help Vanessa control her powers. So it’s off to Paris they go—to teach and to learn, respectively. While Vanessa’s aunt is opening up her first Parisian tea shop, Vanessa ends up having a romantic adventure of her own. It’s all so perfect and magical…what could possibly go wrong? MY THOUGHTS I didn’t realize when I started reading this that the book was going to have actual magic be such a big part of the story line. You definitely have to suspend belief when you’re reading this one. And it’s okay. Not my usual thing, but it’s fine. If you’re looking for a book to help you escape—and maybe check off every cliche middle-aged woman’s idea of “romance” (for example, random encounters with gorgeous dreamboats on the streets of Paris who cook amazing food for you, lots of descriptions of sumptuous desserts, shopping sprees at high-end Parisian boutiques, over-the-top yet ultimately harmless family drama, happy endings, and no real consequences)—well, you’ll probably want to read this one. Vanessa Yu’s Magical Tea Shop is basically a Hallmark channel movie with magic. It wasn’t my favorite, and it won’t stick with me. But if you’re looking for light and fluffy, we have a match!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    After enjoying Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune, I was thrilled to find out that Roselle Lim was publishing another book this summer. I also enjoyed Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop. I didn't expect the magical realism in Natalie Tan, but this time around, I knew it was coming and was able to enjoy it for what it was worth. I liked the imagery that Roselle created through magical realism. The premise of the story was interesting and the characters were a lot of fun. All the aunties medd After enjoying Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune, I was thrilled to find out that Roselle Lim was publishing another book this summer. I also enjoyed Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop. I didn't expect the magical realism in Natalie Tan, but this time around, I knew it was coming and was able to enjoy it for what it was worth. I liked the imagery that Roselle created through magical realism. The premise of the story was interesting and the characters were a lot of fun. All the aunties meddling in everyone's business reminded me of Last Tang Standing. There were a lot of great moments and the food descriptions made my mouth water. The armchair adventure aspect was great too, as it would be nice to visit Paris one of these days! Roselle made it sound so beautiful and inviting. If you're looking for an entertaining story to brighten up your summer, definitely add this to your TBR in August! Movie casting suggestions: Vanessa: Christine Ko Aunt Evelyn: Ming-Na Wen Marc: Ross Butler Uncle Michael: B.D. Wong Girard: Olivier Martinez Ines: Léa Seydoux

  28. 5 out of 5

    ikram

    full review can be found on my blog! First thing first, I adore Roselle Lim’s writing so much! She took me on a tour from Palo Alto to Paris, following Vanessa’s and her aunt’s journey. The description of the food is so tempting--it makes me want to eat every food in this book. Roselle Lim’s writing makes me visualize everything easier; the food, the Parisian street, how Vanessa felt. The story itself doesn’t really feel like romance for me. Yes, there’s romance, but, the story is more focused on full review can be found on my blog! First thing first, I adore Roselle Lim’s writing so much! She took me on a tour from Palo Alto to Paris, following Vanessa’s and her aunt’s journey. The description of the food is so tempting--it makes me want to eat every food in this book. Roselle Lim’s writing makes me visualize everything easier; the food, the Parisian street, how Vanessa felt. The story itself doesn’t really feel like romance for me. Yes, there’s romance, but, the story is more focused on Vanessa’s self-discovery journey and her relationship with Evelyn. I have only read a few pages from Roselle Lim’s debut, but I guess family drama stories are Roselle Lim’s best elements. However, Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop is way more funnier than Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune. Whereas the latter started off with grief--which makes the book doesn’t really feel like comedy at all--the former started off with the classic “I’m the only cousin who isn’t married yet”.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Again

    this was so lovely, and absolutely lived up to the magnificence that was Lim's debut! it's equally delicious (you will be SO hungry while reading!) and absolutely lush in the way that magic and reality were woven together. clairvoyance, matchmaking, and family all play such a huge role in this story--and of course with some romantic undertones! I would highly recommend you pick up all of Roselle Lim's books for swept-off-your-feet levels of delightful.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I picked it up because of the title and the magical realism. I wanted something fluffy, but this was a little too silly for me. It was very cute, and I liked all of Vanessa’s family dynamics, but I had a tough time with the writing. That said! I’ve recommended this to a couple of friends because it’s easy and wholesome: it just wasn’t for me.

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