Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop

As the days and weeks continue to be a bit troublesome, it’s a pleasure to tell you about this fascinating new book, VANESSA YU’S MAGICAL PARIS TEA SHOP by Roselle Lim.

Just the title itself, VANESSA YU’S MAGICAL PARIS TEA SHOP (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; August 4, 2020), brings to mind fun thoughts.

Roselle Lim is also, the author of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune (2019). Roselle was inspired to pen her delicious debut by a childhood cooking alongside her father, as well as the culinary richness of her Filipino-Chinese culture.

Her newest novel is just as full of heart, heritage, and an array of tasty food. In it, a reluctant fortuneteller aims to take control of her unruly supernatural abilities by moving to the most magical city of all: Paris.

Vanessa Yu has been blurting out the fortunes—or misfortunes—of others since she was five years old, and she’s hated it ever since. While some call her abilities a gift, Vanessa thinks of it as a curse—she can’t control her predictions, and constantly serving up bad prophecies to her family and friends makes her miserable.

What’s worse, she’s unhappily single, and it looks like there’s no love in her future. But after delivering the worst misfortune to someone she loves; Vanessa finally decides she’s had enough—it’s time to get this “gift” under control. She enlists the help of the family fortune telling expert, her aunt Evelyn. The only catch? Aunt Evelyn is moving to Paris to open a teashop.

Vanessa has no choice but to journey to the city of love to change her destiny. And when she arrives, she not only finds a handsome stranger who seems to accept her for who she is, but the opportunity to reunite her aunt with a long-lost lover from her youth. What started off as Vanessa’s quest to rid herself of clairvoyance turns into an opportunity to use her skills for good—and maybe even to find love herself along the way.

Meet the Author:

Author Roselle Lim, photo credit Shelley Smith
Roselle Lim was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada as a child. She lived in north Scarborough in a diverse, Asian neighborhood.

She found her love of writing by listening to her lola (paternal grandmother's) stories about Filipino folktales. Growing up in a household where Chinese superstition mingled with Filipino Catholicism, she devoured books about mythology, which shaped the fantasies in her novels.

An artist by nature, she considers writing as "painting with words."

For more on Roselle and her writing, you can connect with her on her website at

Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t you agree that this sounds like the delightful, heartwarming, and magical read we could all use during these stressful times?


  1. It does indeed sound like precisely the sort of book to lift our spirits.
    Thank you both.

  2. What a fun concept! And I love the cover, too.

  3. It sounds as though this has a really effective context, and I'm interested in the cultural aspects, too. Oh, and the food! :-) - Thanks for sharing, Mason.

  4. Sounds like a sweet story. With a happy ending!

  5. What a delightful premise for a story.

  6. That sounds like a fun book. And yes, we all need a little magic in this stressful time!

  7. This sounds right up my alley!!! Thanks for the tip :)


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