In “The Vintage Teacup Club” by Vanessa Greene, three women form an unlikely friendship after they all go after an old tea set at a car boot sale. Each woman wants the teacups for a different reason: Jenny, a young bride-to-be has her heart on a vintage tea party themed wedding; Maggie, a divorced floral shop owner, needs the set for a high-profile wedding that could secure her business’s future; and Alison, a mom of two with a struggling marriage, wants the cups to make candles for her arts and crafts.
The women decide to buy it together and share the set; Jenny can use it for her wedding, then Maggie for her clients, and Alison will keep it in the end for her candles. They decide to hunt for more teacups together, and as they search for vintage bargains, they end up finding meaningful friendships.
Each woman faces her own struggles throughout the book. Jenny’s comfortable in her administrative job and thrilled to be engaged to her best friend, but suddenly a long-lost family member threatens to ruin everything. When her wedding plans seem to go awry, she wonders if she’s too young to be getting married, after all. Working with a bridezilla and the couple’s know-it-all landscaper friend takes up most of Maggie’s time, so she’s completely thrown off course when her ex-husband comes back into the picture. She wonders if things really can work the second time around or if she’s letting rosy memories of the past cloud her judgment.
Finally, with Alison’s husband unemployed, her dream of co-owning a shop with her friend seems impossible. A rebellious teenage daughter to deal with only adds to the stress of their marriage, and Alison starts to question whether their relationship will make it.
Other than the common threads of marriage and weddings, each character has a very different story and despite the age differences, they form believable bonds. Green's debut novel is full of lovable characters and a charming English village setting that will make you want to pack up and move to Charlesworth.
For more from the teacup friends, check out Greene’s new e-book short story “Tuesdays at The Teacup Club," which catches up with the ladies about a year after they've met.