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Everyone’s welcome at The Afternoon Tea Club… Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond and Dora each hold a different story to their chest – lost loves, abandoned dreams, crippling self-confidence issues, and simply feeling invisible. For each of them, the thought of letting those stories out is almost as terrifying as letting strangers in, and that makes for a very lonely life indeed. But Everyone’s welcome at The Afternoon Tea Club… Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond and Dora each hold a different story to their chest – lost loves, abandoned dreams, crippling self-confidence issues, and simply feeling invisible. For each of them, the thought of letting those stories out is almost as terrifying as letting strangers in, and that makes for a very lonely life indeed. But when these four strangers who have struggled to “fit in” end up on the same table for an event at their local community centre, little do they know that their lives are about to be entwined and changed forever because of an Afternoon Tea club. Cue an unexpected journey of self-discovery, some unlikely new companions, and plenty of tea and biscuits along the way… Heart-warming and poignant in equal measure, this is a story about loneliness, kindness, and the power of friendships that span generation, proving that the most simple of human connections unite us all. Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village and The Keeper of Lost Things.


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Everyone’s welcome at The Afternoon Tea Club… Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond and Dora each hold a different story to their chest – lost loves, abandoned dreams, crippling self-confidence issues, and simply feeling invisible. For each of them, the thought of letting those stories out is almost as terrifying as letting strangers in, and that makes for a very lonely life indeed. But Everyone’s welcome at The Afternoon Tea Club… Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond and Dora each hold a different story to their chest – lost loves, abandoned dreams, crippling self-confidence issues, and simply feeling invisible. For each of them, the thought of letting those stories out is almost as terrifying as letting strangers in, and that makes for a very lonely life indeed. But when these four strangers who have struggled to “fit in” end up on the same table for an event at their local community centre, little do they know that their lives are about to be entwined and changed forever because of an Afternoon Tea club. Cue an unexpected journey of self-discovery, some unlikely new companions, and plenty of tea and biscuits along the way… Heart-warming and poignant in equal measure, this is a story about loneliness, kindness, and the power of friendships that span generation, proving that the most simple of human connections unite us all. Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village and The Keeper of Lost Things.

30 review for Jane Gilley Untitled Book 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: Marjorie let out a long sigh. 'Why is life so darned hard sometimes?' She knew she no longer wanted to continue living as a bitter woman, marred by her past with an abusive husband. Marjorie wanted the chance to live as a woman other people would like to get to know because she was kind and considerate. She certainly realized she would never be classed as a sweet little old lady. But she could start by trying to be better; by trying to unlearn the wrongful message Oliver had taught her w EXCERPT: Marjorie let out a long sigh. 'Why is life so darned hard sometimes?' She knew she no longer wanted to continue living as a bitter woman, marred by her past with an abusive husband. Marjorie wanted the chance to live as a woman other people would like to get to know because she was kind and considerate. She certainly realized she would never be classed as a sweet little old lady. But she could start by trying to be better; by trying to unlearn the wrongful message Oliver had taught her with his offensive actions. ABOUT THIS BOOK: Everyone’s welcome at The Afternoon Tea Club… Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond and Dora each hold a different story to their chest – lost loves, abandoned dreams, crippling self-confidence issues, and simply feeling invisible. For each of them, the thought of letting those stories out is almost as terrifying as letting strangers in, and that makes for a very lonely life indeed. But when these four strangers who have struggled to “fit in” end up on the same table for an event at their local community centre, little do they know that their lives are about to be entwined and changed forever because of an Afternoon Tea club. Cue an unexpected journey of self-discovery, some unlikely new companions, and plenty of tea and biscuits along the way… MY THOUGHTS: Bland. Like store bought custard. I was expecting something heartwarming and poignant, something that would make me smile, and cry. Something along the lines of The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker, or The Love Songs of Mrs Queenie Hennessy. I didn't get it. I should have. We have a wonderfully mixed bag of characters, who never quite come to life. Marjorie, victim of spousal abuse. Stacy, cat lady who never felt loved by her parents. Raymond who is grieving for his wife. And Dora, who has absolutely no idea what direction her life should take. That's not to mention Eileen who has a talent for organising other people's lives, but is ineffective with her own, and her mother Veronica, whose idea the afternoon tea club was. The writing is flat and simplistic, the characters undeveloped, as is the plot. This could and should have been a touching and emotional read. Instead, I was bored and tempted to abandon the read. This is the second book by this author I have read, both receiving two star ratings. I won't be giving her a third chance. 😒😒 #TheAfternoonTeaClub #NetGalley THE AUTHOR: Jane Gilley was born in Nottingham and now lives on the beautiful island of Jersey, with her husband, a rabbit and a Senegal parrot. Following a career in Interior Design and after writing 6 children's books, Jane now writes adult books full time. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Avon Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Afternoon Tea Club by Jane Gilley for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    I struggled to get through this one. The author tried to include FAR too much without fully developing anything (or anyone). It was nearly 50% of the way through the book before any of the characters had a real attachment to each other. I think this would have worked better as a graphic novel (heavily edited). Thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for my DRC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    A book if you want a no hassle, no nastiness, feel good read Basically a few lonely people join a new venture some helpers have started which invites folk to join them for tea and cake, there are various characters who go along, Marjorie who now lives with her daughter but rarely sees her, Raymond whose wife has passed away, Dora a restless spirited woman who is air to a family fortune from the hotel business and Stacey, Stacey was my fav, a librarian and cat lady, the poor love ends up with 8 of A book if you want a no hassle, no nastiness, feel good read Basically a few lonely people join a new venture some helpers have started which invites folk to join them for tea and cake, there are various characters who go along, Marjorie who now lives with her daughter but rarely sees her, Raymond whose wife has passed away, Dora a restless spirited woman who is air to a family fortune from the hotel business and Stacey, Stacey was my fav, a librarian and cat lady, the poor love ends up with 8 of them and cant cope and joins the club as needs to speak to more people rather than cats, she has a heart of gold and slips small items into old ladies bags she sees at the local shop who have little money, she’s leads a wretched life mind and gets attacked more by her cats than anything and realises something has to change As they all do and yep things do change for them all And its lovely and wholesome and cute and if your in the mood for it you will love it The writing is good and chatty, the characters easy to get to know and the predictability that can sometimes be annoying in psychological books is welcome in this book Am an old softie I guess but really enjoyed it and was everything I knew it would be 8/10 4 Stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book was both sad and uplifting! I felt so sorry for the characters because of their lives and loneliness. However, the respite provided by the Afternoon Tea Club was incredible and the ending proved that there is always an opportunity for happiness, despite your age. The plot focuses on four key protagonists and gradually we learn about their past. The Afternoon Tea club provides respite and solace: the chance for company and a break from routine. Indeed, Gilley highlights that loneliness, This book was both sad and uplifting! I felt so sorry for the characters because of their lives and loneliness. However, the respite provided by the Afternoon Tea Club was incredible and the ending proved that there is always an opportunity for happiness, despite your age. The plot focuses on four key protagonists and gradually we learn about their past. The Afternoon Tea club provides respite and solace: the chance for company and a break from routine. Indeed, Gilley highlights that loneliness, particularly for the older generation, is a massive issue and that more could be done in communities. Idyllic, the Afternoon Tea Club transported me back to simpler times when strangers could meet and be friends and, whilst the protagonists are reluctant and have an emotional past, it was lovely to see these boundaries broken down. The stories of the key characters are all so different which made the plot more interesting. I liked how Gilley was able to develop this characterisation. I could not help but favour Raymond the most but, honestly, feel that all four people deserved a jolly good hug! It was lovely to see their progression over the novel and the changes that each of them have; finding inner strength and reaching out to the Club becomes the catalyst for them to make personal changes. It was very easy to picture the scenes that Gilley describes. I think the circumstances portrayed are relatable to all; often I was reminded of my Nan and the loneliness she experienced. Reading this novel, I wonder if Gilley is trying to encourage more of a community spirit. Despite the mixed ages of the characters, Gilley illustrates that loneliness can come to all, regardless of generation and background. It is stereotyped that the older you become, the inevitable loneliness will set in. However, being younger and surrounded by so many people can still lead to isolation. As such, the writer encouraged me to consider the importance of reaching out to others: even a stranger in the street could have a better day just by saying “Good morning”. Whilst this novel was thought-provoking, it was still a light-hearted and enjoyable read. The novel concludes during Christmas, adding to the feel-good vibes! However, of course this is not an overtly Christmas novel and could be read all year round. It was so enjoyable that I think I would try and read other books by this author. My only criticism with this book was the writing style. I felt that Gilley over-used the exclamation mark. Whilst it did reflect the lengthy dialogue – emphasising the speeches and excitement from different characters – I thought that the exclamation could have been witheld a little bit. There was too much for my liking and I honestly find this slightly irritating, regardless of the narrative. This criticism is a totally personal one, so certainly do not let this distract you from picking up this book! If you are after a heart-warming story with a bit of soul, then I think this is one for you. I relished in the happy ending and found the lack of complications and easy-going narrative a pleasant change to some of my recent reads. With thanks to Avon books and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    Jane Gilley has the ability to understand the inner self of people, consequently she has written another fine book. Maybe it is even my favourite. She has made the characters endearing and it is filled with tenderness and this book really moved me. I thought this was a delightful read. It made me smile, it made me contemplate the aging process and the impact friendships and the past have on our everyday lives and it was full of wonderful characters. With its intriguing story, poetic descriptions Jane Gilley has the ability to understand the inner self of people, consequently she has written another fine book. Maybe it is even my favourite. She has made the characters endearing and it is filled with tenderness and this book really moved me. I thought this was a delightful read. It made me smile, it made me contemplate the aging process and the impact friendships and the past have on our everyday lives and it was full of wonderful characters. With its intriguing story, poetic descriptions and surprise ending, I devoured the book. I hope readers can appreciate her depiction of characters whom she has honoured. It is very carefully woven, so remember the details. This was a very moving book. It is not often one gets to read a novel with such a poignant insight into people. I look forward to her next book. Thank you NetGalley, Jane Gilley and Avon Books UK for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #NetGalley

  6. 4 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books UK for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own. So the beginning is a tad confusing with so many characters. I had to make notes to keep track honestly. You may wNt to make notes as well so you can keep up. It helped me. I think they should put a guide in the book of all the characters so people know who’s who. Stacy, Dora, Ray, and Marjorie are visiting the community and we get to learn why. The tea club is how they come together and become close friends. Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books UK for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own. So the beginning is a tad confusing with so many characters. I had to make notes to keep track honestly. You may wNt to make notes as well so you can keep up. It helped me. I think they should put a guide in the book of all the characters so people know who’s who. Stacy, Dora, Ray, and Marjorie are visiting the community and we get to learn why. The tea club is how they come together and become close friends. I love stories of people bonding over a shared subject. It’s amazing. I look forward to reading more fro, Jane Gilley in the near future.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I liked the idea of this book more than I liked the book itself. This book is about a lonely hearts club, started by a town council, for the people in the community who didn't have a strong social group and wanted one -- it's mostly focused on the elderly, but open to anyone. It focused primarily on four main members, but there are a large number of peripheral characters to keep track of, as well. I struggled to get into this book and only kept going because I had promised to review it. It took I liked the idea of this book more than I liked the book itself. This book is about a lonely hearts club, started by a town council, for the people in the community who didn't have a strong social group and wanted one -- it's mostly focused on the elderly, but open to anyone. It focused primarily on four main members, but there are a large number of peripheral characters to keep track of, as well. I struggled to get into this book and only kept going because I had promised to review it. It took me until halfway through to really figure out who each character actually was -- there are a lot of characters at the beginning, and it took a while to figure out who the main characters actually were. And nothing really important or interesting starts to happen until you're halfway through. I felt that the first half needed a stronger edit to shorten it and focus it more. Reading the second half was a lot faster for me than reading the first half, and I did enjoy the characters and their lives a lot more in the second half. I just really wish it could have had the same appeal earlier on in the book. And while the ending was sweet, it was rather improbable with the rapid conclusion. I also struggled with th dialogue. It felt forced and less like how people actually talk and really slowed the book down for me instead of adding to the story. I wanted to like this book, and I eventually liked the main characters, but it just didn't work for me. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with the ARC of this book. It did not influence my review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Judy Christiana

    This book was really difficult for me to get involved in. The first fourth of the book was very wordy and went on and on. I sometimes need to make a cheat sheet of characters, if a book has many, to try to keep track of who is who and how they are related. About the time I was 25% into reading, I decided I needed a note sheet. I went back to the beginning of the book and started writing names. Then I began reading again. I enjoyed the story so much more after doing that. Once I reached half way This book was really difficult for me to get involved in. The first fourth of the book was very wordy and went on and on. I sometimes need to make a cheat sheet of characters, if a book has many, to try to keep track of who is who and how they are related. About the time I was 25% into reading, I decided I needed a note sheet. I went back to the beginning of the book and started writing names. Then I began reading again. I enjoyed the story so much more after doing that. Once I reached half way of the book, I was very interested in the story and wanted to know what would happen to these characters that I knew their pasts so well. Sometimes quite a bit of background is needed at the beginning of a story, and that was true of this book. I think in hindsight, I was being very impatient while reading the beginning chapters. I think it was well written and in the perfect style for this story to enfold exactly as it did. I am recommending it to other readers, but I would suggest that you note the characters down as I did. I have 23 names written down and I did not write all the character's names on my note paper! I do think it will help you enjoy the story more. I want to thank NetGalley.com and Avon Books UK for allowing me to go along with these characters on a journey of self discovery. My review is my own opinion, not influenced by receiving the ARC of this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Noriko

    Engaging, delightful tale of four people forming friendships and starting over. I was initially mildly surprised by the unexpected depth of the backstories of the main four characters and how much they have gone through, but it added to a pleasant flavors to the story and made it delightful and comforting. This is undeniably one of those books that lift your spirit up and fill your heart to the brim with happy, warm feelings. I am glad that I followed my gut-instinct and read this book. The four Engaging, delightful tale of four people forming friendships and starting over. I was initially mildly surprised by the unexpected depth of the backstories of the main four characters and how much they have gone through, but it added to a pleasant flavors to the story and made it delightful and comforting. This is undeniably one of those books that lift your spirit up and fill your heart to the brim with happy, warm feelings. I am glad that I followed my gut-instinct and read this book. The four main characters – Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond, and Dora, each has issues and heavy luggage of their own. Their life used to be dull and monotonous, yet they were kind of resigned themselves knowing they couldn’t go on like that. The Afternoon Tea Club brought a significant change to their lives; Granted, some of them had a hard time adjusting themselves to the new environment which culminated in some run-ins, but the budding friendship they formed provided massive comfort and helped them identify and correct their own flaws. This particular character growth was nicely woven into the story through the strong, engaging writing, and made all the main characters shine and endearing. Whether or not you can relate to characters is of great significance in such character-driven stories like this and the author did a great job in that regard. I never found any of the main characters unrelatable or annoying, although most of the main characters are older than I am (I could be Marjorie’s granddaughter, haha), I got to remain engaged and connected with all of them, every single effort they make to their personal growth put a smile on my face, filling my heart with warmness. But alas, my gripes did creep in. This is truly a feel-good read, I’ll give you that – but the benefit of The Afternoon Tea Club mentioned in this book came across a tad repetitive. It is certainly natural and understandable for each character to state how grateful and indebted they are to The Afternoon Tea Club, which definitely turned their life for the better, but hearing (or reading?) them mention it on every possible occasion made it sound a bit old. Laying it off even slightly would have changed the impression in my personal opinion. In addition to that, slight predictability wasn’t lost on me and inevitable especially in the last part of the book. The rapid development also came across a bit too plain-sailing for my liking, but then again, it’s part of the storytelling and I can totally brush it off. Apart from that, I quite enjoyed this feel-good story. This book is chock full of character growth, friendship, and love – romantic and familial alike – I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys character-driven books with a happy, well-round ending. 4.5 stars go to this book and I thank NetGalley and the publisher for generously providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Having enjoyed Jane Gilley's previous book, I was looking forward to seeing what her new story was all about, and anything with afternoon tea in the title is always good at catching my attention. During the first meeting of the Afternoon Tea Club I did wonder if the concept was coming across as a little patronising, but once I got to know the main protagonists I was fully involved in this story. Marjorie, Dora, Raymond and Stacy are unlikely friends at first glance, but thanks to their attendanc Having enjoyed Jane Gilley's previous book, I was looking forward to seeing what her new story was all about, and anything with afternoon tea in the title is always good at catching my attention. During the first meeting of the Afternoon Tea Club I did wonder if the concept was coming across as a little patronising, but once I got to know the main protagonists I was fully involved in this story. Marjorie, Dora, Raymond and Stacy are unlikely friends at first glance, but thanks to their attendance at the Afternoon Tea Club soon has them forging new bonds. I really enjoyed getting to know all four of these characters as well as Eileen from the community centre. They all have a great deal of depth to them, and getting to know their backstories and then seeing how they develop is a joy to see. It really is a journey of self-discovery and finding out that no matter your situation, things can get better, if you just try to move out of your comfort zone. I really enjoyed reading this book while I was in hospital, and it was a great way for my mind to focus on other people's lives for a bit. Already interested to see what this author will write next. Thanks to Avon and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Henthorn

    This is my review for Jane Gilley's The Afternoon Tea Club. I'm not sure why Goodreads has it down as 'Untitled'. This is a heartwarming feelgood story about a group of people of all ages thrown together by Eileen and her afternoon tea club. Eileen's new job is to research social inclusion. Some of Eileen's strategies although well-meaning are not the group's democratic choice. She also has a tight deadline to start showing results and so the presentation of her ideas are rushed - to the benefit This is my review for Jane Gilley's The Afternoon Tea Club. I'm not sure why Goodreads has it down as 'Untitled'. This is a heartwarming feelgood story about a group of people of all ages thrown together by Eileen and her afternoon tea club. Eileen's new job is to research social inclusion. Some of Eileen's strategies although well-meaning are not the group's democratic choice. She also has a tight deadline to start showing results and so the presentation of her ideas are rushed - to the benefit of the reader because this has a marvellous comic effect. The first quarter of the book concentrates on compartmentalising each character's back story. They are all very different and provides a beautiful example of 'I am the way I am because of...' Change is always possible and as the tea club gets into art lessons and days out friendships are formed and tears are jerked. Eileen's success is better than expected thanks to the interesting group dynamics. An uplifting story of accepting that change is always possible.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Park

    This was a heartwarming read which is perfect for escaping into. It covers quite a current problem of loneliness amongst older people which made it quite an emotion read at times as it seemed very real. The characters were all wonderful, realistic creations and I enjoyed finding out more about them. I didn’t particularly warm to any of them at the begining but as I discover more about their back story I found myself growing fond of them. They are definitely an eclectic mix of people and it was in This was a heartwarming read which is perfect for escaping into. It covers quite a current problem of loneliness amongst older people which made it quite an emotion read at times as it seemed very real. The characters were all wonderful, realistic creations and I enjoyed finding out more about them. I didn’t particularly warm to any of them at the begining but as I discover more about their back story I found myself growing fond of them. They are definitely an eclectic mix of people and it was interesting to see the many different reasons that they had seeked out the club for companionship. My favourites was Stacey the librarian whose love of cats has meant that she has ended up with 8 of them. I think I felt a bit of sympathy for her as she joined the club so she’d have someone to talk to other than the cats, which is similar to the reason I go to groups so I have someone other than the kids to talk to. The book is written in a lovely easy style that has a great flow to it. This just draws the reader into the book and ensures that they get fully emersed into the story. There is some funny parts and wry humour which I enjoyed and helped give the story a lighter feel to it. I’m normally a bit wary when books are described as similar to Rachel Joyce’s books but in this case I think the comparison is justified as the style did remind me of those books. Huge thanks to Sabah from Avon for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melanie’s reads

    This is essentially a story of loneliness, how much we all need human connection and the importance of friendship. All the characters have their own story to tell featuring grief, domestic abuse and parental disconnection. The author has also shown how generational gaps can cause tension among families. This is very much a character based novel but whatever the characters age or story they all have something in common. Life hasn’t worked out how they expected it to and they all have a deep rooted This is essentially a story of loneliness, how much we all need human connection and the importance of friendship. All the characters have their own story to tell featuring grief, domestic abuse and parental disconnection. The author has also shown how generational gaps can cause tension among families. This is very much a character based novel but whatever the characters age or story they all have something in common. Life hasn’t worked out how they expected it to and they all have a deep rooted loneliness that they are struggling with. All the characters have a little eccentricity about them but there is a reason they are like they are. This is explained tenderly so you care about them even though at times they are unlikeable. If you liked A man called Ove then you will understand that there is often a soft heart hidden behind a prickly exterior. I went into this thinking it would be a feel good fuzzy book. Little did I know the hard hitting subjects it would reveal and that it would touch my heart.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    The Afternoon Tea Club: The new, most uplifting feel good fiction book to read in 2019 by [Gilley, Jane]Jane Gilley wrote a feel-good book with The Afternoon Tea Club. Although it was difficult to become attached to any of the characters until half-way through, from that point on they became characters that the reader can care about. I enjoy books that make me smile. Filled with friendship this is a good book to read. I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bethan

    I enjoyed reading this book, but sometimes struggled with all the characters. The main four characters - Stacey, Dora, Marjorie and Raymond, are written well and I felt emotionally involved in all of them. Each had their own reasons for feeling lonely and isolated and this book is really about how unlikely friendships can blossom under difficult circumstances and about how social interaction is needed to help people thrive. What I struggled with was all the secondary characters - there are far to I enjoyed reading this book, but sometimes struggled with all the characters. The main four characters - Stacey, Dora, Marjorie and Raymond, are written well and I felt emotionally involved in all of them. Each had their own reasons for feeling lonely and isolated and this book is really about how unlikely friendships can blossom under difficult circumstances and about how social interaction is needed to help people thrive. What I struggled with was all the secondary characters - there are far too many and some are really not needed. I sometimes couldn’t remember the connections between characters - who belonged to who, whose son, daughter, mother, auntie is that? Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for the ARC.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mystica

    This book is a timely reminder for anyone getting old (and who isn't) to be cautious about your temperament and character because you might end up all alone, curmudgeon ly and a total bore! Set amongst a group of people growing old lonely, some quite bitter and mixed up, a social gathering of an Afternoon Tea Club tries to get this group of very disparate people to forget their troubles of the past and move forward in the best way they can. Whether it is beginner computer studies or art studies o This book is a timely reminder for anyone getting old (and who isn't) to be cautious about your temperament and character because you might end up all alone, curmudgeon ly and a total bore! Set amongst a group of people growing old lonely, some quite bitter and mixed up, a social gathering of an Afternoon Tea Club tries to get this group of very disparate people to forget their troubles of the past and move forward in the best way they can. Whether it is beginner computer studies or art studies or even a simple trip to the beach this is indeed a start for all of them. The progress of each of our characters was a very good study of human behaviour. The setting and story were rounded and matter of fact. I read this book as The Afternoon Tea Club.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    Taking the leap to join a new group of people can be difficult but Marjorie, Dora, Stacy and Raymond are about to discover that leap will be a challenge that will bring them more than they can every hope. They are from different backgrounds with personal hardships lurking in the shadows but a good cup of tea and a decent bit of cake can break down barriers and unite many a worrier. This is a pleasant story with characters that are very relatable and that you would more than happy spend an aftern Taking the leap to join a new group of people can be difficult but Marjorie, Dora, Stacy and Raymond are about to discover that leap will be a challenge that will bring them more than they can every hope. They are from different backgrounds with personal hardships lurking in the shadows but a good cup of tea and a decent bit of cake can break down barriers and unite many a worrier. This is a pleasant story with characters that are very relatable and that you would more than happy spend an afternoon with. I received a copy from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a review

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This book was tedious, to put it mildly. Way too much information on way too many characters, and most of their lives were filled with rife and tribulation. I am finally 72% of the way through the book, and it seems to be taking an upturn. The book isn’t quite bad enough to walk away without finishing it, but it’s near enough to it. As soon as I’m done with this one I hope to find a well written uplifting book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I'm searching for a comfort author like Maeve Binchy. Since I've read her books repeatedly, the search is on. This author is a contender. Book had a warm comfy feel. I liked the characters & I also really liked that the majority of the characters were over 40. I'm not sure why but so many of these type of books only use characters in their mid30's. Will read Jane Gilley's other book soon! I'm searching for a comfort author like Maeve Binchy. Since I've read her books repeatedly, the search is on. This author is a contender. Book had a warm comfy feel. I liked the characters & I also really liked that the majority of the characters were over 40. I'm not sure why but so many of these type of books only use characters in their mid30's. Will read Jane Gilley's other book soon!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ems. (afternoonbookery)

    Well, we can all see from the title this book was always going to be a bit of me and oh boy this book warmed my soul and had me wanting to weep. Im sure by now we have all seen Terrance on the news discussing loneliness and this book tackled a bunch of people who were feeling lonely and with the invitation to a Afternoon Tea Club the reluctant gang head off to see what is about. Whilst non were really excited about going - something that started off as a few people meeting for a cup of tea and so Well, we can all see from the title this book was always going to be a bit of me and oh boy this book warmed my soul and had me wanting to weep. Im sure by now we have all seen Terrance on the news discussing loneliness and this book tackled a bunch of people who were feeling lonely and with the invitation to a Afternoon Tea Club the reluctant gang head off to see what is about. Whilst non were really excited about going - something that started off as a few people meeting for a cup of tea and some cake turns into something bigger for them all. We follow Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond and Dora - we learn their stories, the troubles they have had in life - and getting their stories out into the word seems daunting but as they discover more about their new friends and themselves relationships bloom. I cannot express how much i loved this book and how much it made me think about others in the community. It was a delightful read and full of plenty of cups of tea and cake as they start to focus on their new friendships. A read that makes you think about those who are vulnerable and those who dont seem but may be facing their own issues. Its certainly one to read at this time of year and really does hit the feels. *Gifted for blog tour*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    A contemporary story that deals with the invisibility and loneliness of being older. The story begins with a gathering of individuals from the community, mostly, but not exclusively older. Most do not want to be there, but gradually realise that it may add something to their lives. The story has lots of characters and perhaps would benefit from a character list at the beginning. This a gentle story, where the characters earlier lives are explored, so that the reader knows how they came to be in A contemporary story that deals with the invisibility and loneliness of being older. The story begins with a gathering of individuals from the community, mostly, but not exclusively older. Most do not want to be there, but gradually realise that it may add something to their lives. The story has lots of characters and perhaps would benefit from a character list at the beginning. This a gentle story, where the characters earlier lives are explored, so that the reader knows how they came to be in the situation they find themselves in. The story charts laughter, sadness, and an unmistakable camaraderie between its characters. It is diverse and reflects how an increasingly significant portion of the population feel about their lives. Older people often feel surplus to requirements and invisible, and this story reflects this well but gives hope that with a little understanding and courage life can be fun and worthwhile at any age. I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Romi Sigma

    The Afternoon Tea Club by Jane Gilley is a story about community and friendship and how these two can literally save lives. Just exactly the kind of book I like to read and I recommend other people read because it's inspiring and real, like life. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to more books by Jane Gilley. Thanks to Avon Books Uk and Netgalley for the reviewer's digital copy. The Afternoon Tea Club by Jane Gilley is a story about community and friendship and how these two can literally save lives. Just exactly the kind of book I like to read and I recommend other people read because it's inspiring and real, like life. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to more books by Jane Gilley. Thanks to Avon Books Uk and Netgalley for the reviewer's digital copy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Monica Mac

    Ray, Stacy, Dora and Marjorie all join an afternoon tea club. They are from different walks of life, they are different ages and on the surface, they don't seem to have much in common. However, they have all had trauma in their pasts and are socially isolated in one way or another, which is why the club works so well for all of them. This was a great premise for a book, it made me wish there was something like this close to me! I found this book to be a little long-winded and confusing to get int Ray, Stacy, Dora and Marjorie all join an afternoon tea club. They are from different walks of life, they are different ages and on the surface, they don't seem to have much in common. However, they have all had trauma in their pasts and are socially isolated in one way or another, which is why the club works so well for all of them. This was a great premise for a book, it made me wish there was something like this close to me! I found this book to be a little long-winded and confusing to get into though. I think I was about a third of the way through before the story really clicked into place for me. A bit of editing would have been a good idea, just to tighten the story a bit. I really enjoyed it though, it was a real feel good story and everyone needs to read these kinds of stories on a regular basis. 4 stars from me. Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I absolutely adored this book. When I read the last page I felt I had just lost my best friends. The author created diverse and quirky characters that everyone would want to befriend. The book begins with a group of people arriving at a community centre for a cup of tea and a sweet. They are mostly complete strangers from various backgrounds and of a wide range of age who are confined to their homes or lonely. What follows is the development of friendships that will last a lifetime. The author d I absolutely adored this book. When I read the last page I felt I had just lost my best friends. The author created diverse and quirky characters that everyone would want to befriend. The book begins with a group of people arriving at a community centre for a cup of tea and a sweet. They are mostly complete strangers from various backgrounds and of a wide range of age who are confined to their homes or lonely. What follows is the development of friendships that will last a lifetime. The author develops each character separately letting you get to know and like each person and as we are finding more about what has happened to them to be this alone they are also learning from each other. This is one of the best heartwarming, feel good books I have every read. Perhaps it is because each character has a little something that I could relate to but I fell in love with each of them and wanted them to be happy and fulfilled. The story centres around four main characters but with each storyline they slowly integrate and we get to know their families. I really encourage all of you to read this lovely book, it will leave you with a smile on your face. Thank you so much NetGalley, Jane Gilley and AvonBooks UK for the opportunity to read this wonderful book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carola | adreamofpages

    I requested this on a whim, and was curious to see how a book about 'just a teaclub' could be a whole book. At first I was a bit confused, as there were a lot of characters and they all had different stories to remember. As the book continued I kinda had a grasp at who was who and what they had been through in their lives. I really enjoyed the idea of the Afternoon Tea Club (the club itself, not the overall book) and the reason why it was organized. I feel like older people get overlooked a lot, I requested this on a whim, and was curious to see how a book about 'just a teaclub' could be a whole book. At first I was a bit confused, as there were a lot of characters and they all had different stories to remember. As the book continued I kinda had a grasp at who was who and what they had been through in their lives. I really enjoyed the idea of the Afternoon Tea Club (the club itself, not the overall book) and the reason why it was organized. I feel like older people get overlooked a lot, and I can imagine that it can be pretty lonely. I get that if this was something in real life, it may not have gone the way it was in this book, but I think we can at least try and put effort in making them less lonely. I also like the idea of having such a group of friends around me when I'm older. The book can have some dark aspects as the backgrounds of the people is explained, which I thought sometimes was a bit too much negativity, but the conclusion/ending made up for it I think.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    3.5 Stars - Rounded Getting older, or finding yourself feeling out of place in the places that you inhabit are common to us all. And this story takes on the task of bringing together several very different people at varying stages of their lives, and giving them the opportunity to interact, make new friendships, and find their way in the world not feeling quite so alone. A brainstorm from a community council worker has turned the center into a tearoom for a first meeting: looking to serve residen 3.5 Stars - Rounded Getting older, or finding yourself feeling out of place in the places that you inhabit are common to us all. And this story takes on the task of bringing together several very different people at varying stages of their lives, and giving them the opportunity to interact, make new friendships, and find their way in the world not feeling quite so alone. A brainstorm from a community council worker has turned the center into a tearoom for a first meeting: looking to serve residents. Basically, the forming idea was to dispel loneliness, and everyone we will come to know as the story progresses is lonely. From Marjorie living with her daughter and having become quite bitter after the death of her husband and prone to outbursts that are not very nice; to Stacy who has given her life to ‘house’ eight cats in a tiny one bed flat and never quite ‘keeps up’;to Raymond who is carrying guilt over his beloved wife’s death and lastly we have Dora – never quite finding her place in the family company because she was too busy (at first) being an aimless teen acting out – to hiding a big secret. Patience, readers – patience. For we are dropped into the story at the first meeting of the tea club – and the sheer number of characters (primary and secondary) and the unfurling of their own stories and how they came to be what they are when we meet is a slow journey, with almost imperceptible changes and setbacks happening with them all. When you take the time to let the story unfold, the voices of each main character will start to sound familiar and distinct, and the questions that each brings to the story will also feel natural and organic. Slowly friendships start to form as each of the above four starts to make changes in their interactions, share their stories, and see the meetings of the club as something to look forward to – along with a series of other activities that offer different choices for them all. Now, this wasn’t a clear rush to the end, even as the ending did seem to wrap up a bit quickly, but there is time to invest in the friendships and the changes as each character finds a way to come to terms with their niggling issues, and discovers a strength and support in the others. A bit too wordy at times, and with many secondary characters that needed either to be dropped entirely or given a bit more depth, this is a read that isn’t too taxing after sorting out the ‘who’s who” moments – and will leave you with a smile over a cup of tea. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Rohrer-walsh

    Everyone has a story, struggles, fears, and prejudices. We learn from these characters that it’s never too late to confront our past mistakes and muddled relationships. A fair amount of introspection is required. But so is friendship, community, love, and family. We can learn to forgive, become stronger, and adapt as individuals—developing on our own. However, we are always more fulfilled and fulfilling together. Be forewarned: there are many characters and subplots. If you don’t mind some spoil Everyone has a story, struggles, fears, and prejudices. We learn from these characters that it’s never too late to confront our past mistakes and muddled relationships. A fair amount of introspection is required. But so is friendship, community, love, and family. We can learn to forgive, become stronger, and adapt as individuals—developing on our own. However, we are always more fulfilled and fulfilling together. Be forewarned: there are many characters and subplots. If you don’t mind some spoilers, check out my cheat sheet of characters... Stacy. Cats. Unloving parents. Library. Friend Elsa. Father Jerry. Gay brother Peter with Marvin. (Mother Bella). neighbor John Taynor. Organizer Eileen. Organizer. Husband deserted. Sons Marcus and Troy. Mother Veronica. Dora. hotel business. Spoiled. Botox.Postpartum depression. Left boyfriend Andy and daughter Lauren. Moves in with Marjorie. Friend Jodie. Mother Yvonne. (Goes to live with Philippa ). Brother Steven Marjorie. abusive husband (Oliver). Bad tempered. Daughter Gracie. Neighbor Terry. (Divorced from Harry. Boyfriend Steven). Friend Lou (son Derek) Raymond. Widower. devoted son Simon Eva. Art teacher. Michael. Wheelchair. Wife Janice

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ioanna

    Four people with different lives. One club that will bring them all together. When the Afternoon Tea Club opens its doors, nobody has high expectations. Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond and Dora have all decided to give it a try. Four lonely people, with vastly different personalities will meet, and hilarious situations will ensue. Surely, these people can't come together as a team. But even though each one carries a different, painful story, they will all soon realize they might just have more similariti Four people with different lives. One club that will bring them all together. When the Afternoon Tea Club opens its doors, nobody has high expectations. Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond and Dora have all decided to give it a try. Four lonely people, with vastly different personalities will meet, and hilarious situations will ensue. Surely, these people can't come together as a team. But even though each one carries a different, painful story, they will all soon realize they might just have more similarities than differences. And maybe they can actually help each other out. The Afternoon Tea Club is a tender story about the complexity and beauty of human relationships. Through the eyes (and hearts, and minds) of four different personalities, the reader comes to see how four different life perspectives can actually complement each other. The Afternoon Tea Club is a heart-warming story, with interesting characters and beautiful - even if sometimes painful- moments. A recommended work of fiction for everyone.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandra Tasic

    The afternoon tea club - Jane Gilley, harpercollins uk Thank you to Avon Books via @netgalley for providing me with this free digital ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. The Afternoon Tea Club by Jane Gilley is a lightweight read, when you want to rest a bit. To be honest, I expected this book to cheer me up a bit but somehow, it felt bland. Some of the characters really had a tough background story while with others I simply couldn't decide whether there was something more in their past that ma The afternoon tea club - Jane Gilley, harpercollins uk Thank you to Avon Books via @netgalley for providing me with this free digital ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. The Afternoon Tea Club by Jane Gilley is a lightweight read, when you want to rest a bit. To be honest, I expected this book to cheer me up a bit but somehow, it felt bland. Some of the characters really had a tough background story while with others I simply couldn't decide whether there was something more in their past that made them what they are today or not... It felt as if it could have been explained a bit more... The jumping from character to characters story was at times a bit confusing for me as there were suddenly new people involved and I had to go back to make sure I hadn't missed somerhing previously. I've given it 3 stars, and like I've said if you want something lighter and a fast read than this will do.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    We all need one of these ! After a bit of a slow start , I was really glad that I persevered with this Book ! It has a wonderful cast of characters , Stacy , Dora, Marjorie, Raymond all have different stories to which I am sure each reader can and will relate to in their own way , be it lost family , or lost lives , abandoned dreams or jobs ! Anxieties about life and changes within it and that if they cannot share those with some other person or persons where will they end up .......defend lonely We all need one of these ! After a bit of a slow start , I was really glad that I persevered with this Book ! It has a wonderful cast of characters , Stacy , Dora, Marjorie, Raymond all have different stories to which I am sure each reader can and will relate to in their own way , be it lost family , or lost lives , abandoned dreams or jobs ! Anxieties about life and changes within it and that if they cannot share those with some other person or persons where will they end up .......defend lonely .As these individuals slowly start to fit together through events at The Afternoon Tea Club which provides Tea and Biscuits , plus proves that kindness , friendship across the age groups can open up a while new life , proving that the most simplest of human interactions and connections will and do unite each and everyone of us .

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