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By Sophia Whitfield

Vanessa Green is a gatherer and collector, addicted to all things vintage. The appropriately named The Vintage Teacup Club is her first novel.

The popular club theme is one that has been definitively explored in literature, recent offerings have included The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler and The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith, but Greene breathes new life into the club theme with her contemporary twist of vintage teacups.

Three women meet over a vintage tea set at a car boot sale in Sussex. All three want the tea set for different, but essential purposes. Jenny wants it to add a touch of vintage to her upcoming wedding to Dan. Maggie desperately needs it for a high society wedding she is arranging and Alison wants to use the teacups to create candles in teacups for her burgeoning craft business.

The three women quickly surmise that each event is in isolation and the tea set can be shared. Each woman in turn will have the tea set for her essential purpose. They agree that this is the best possible solution. What they didnít count on was the unlikely friendship that would be formed as each one of them finds themselves at a crossroads in their lives.

Jenny is about to embark on married life, but just as she feels life is going well, her mother appears after years of absence to create a dark shadow over what should be the best day of her life.

Maggie has a growing florist business, Bluebelle du Jour, and with a new contract for a high society and rather demanding bride, she is determined to prove her prowess in wedding planning, thus cementing Bluebelle du Jourís name as the go to place for wedding flowers. But things begin to go awry as Maggieís former husband appears on the scene and throws her ordered life unexpectedly into chaos.

Alison seems to have it all, gorgeous husband and two beautiful daughters. But financial stress is putting pressure on her family life.

The three women are drawn together through their creative and kindred spirit.

Greene has written a heart warming tale of friendship, perfect for lovers of antique markets and vintage china.

A terrific excuse to break out the china for a themed high tea book club session.

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