What I’m Reading: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop By Roselle Lim

Roselle Lim’s latest book, Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop, perfectly captures the same lighthearted, fabulist rom-com style of her debut novel, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune.

Lim is particularly adept at weaving the magical and fantastical into vividly described and familiar settings. As the title indicates, the setting of the latest book is Paris, with Vanessa exploring the city and all the magical possibilities of life. The reader gets to experience all of the wonders of Paris, from art and food to love, through Vanessa’s eyes.

But Vanessa also has serious business to attend to while in the city. Vanessa has inherited the ability to see people’s fortunes – or misfortunes – in tea leaves. She has no control over these visions, blurting out what she sees at the most inopportune times. Under the tutelage of her clairvoyant aunt in her tea shop, Vanessa tries to learn to control her abilities.

Unfortunately, nothing goes to plan and Vanessa discovers she may be better suited to matchmaking – if only she could have her own match.

Over the course of the book, Vanessa confronts the idea of fate, and challenges whether it’s possible to change your own destiny.

This is a delightful story with enough twists, turns and romance to keep the reader engaged. A fabulously fun read.

You can buy Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop at Book Depository here or via Booktopia here.

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Kylie Fennell
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