Saturday, November 15, 2008

Los Feliz author does "High Tea"

Sandra Harper, a Los Feliz writer I've known for years, as our sons were in preschool together, has just published an L.A.-set chick lit novel called High Tea. High Tea revolves around the sympathetic British owner and quirky employees of a traditional tea shop on Third St. It's fun spotting the references to familiar places like the "authentic French bistro on Vermont" and a place to "pick up some pad thai on Silver Lake Blvd," and the collection of needy and yearning actresses will be familiar to anyone who's ever worked a West Hollywood day job. Sandra based it the story on her earlier play "Magpie's Tearoom," and while the novel is sweet and airy like the Devon cream that tops the tearoom's scones, it's a fun read with engaging characters. By the end, you'll be ready to try brewing up some perfect Darjeeling, constructing some tea sandwiches and baking the famous scones from the recipes at the end of the book.

5 comments:

Butterfly & Company said...

Sounds good. I work in an all-cookbook store on Third Street so I'm looking forward to figuring out the places she's referring to. The thought of curling up with a book about a tea room with recipes sounds so inviting.

El Lori Queen said...

This is such a fun, fast-reading book. The characters are lively and interesting. The dialogue is witty and delightful. You won't be able to put it down. AND I guarantee that its constant references to cooking and delicious foods will get you salivating.

Kerry Madden said...

I really loved this book! Sandra just captures LA and food and characters in such a delicious way! It also makes you want to try some of the recipes in the back of the book like "Margaret's Ex Husband Roast Chicken."

jezebel j. said...

i just read this book and liked it a lot...but was puzzled by the fact that maggie and clarissa both date guys named "vince." coincidence? same man? perhaps a sequel is in the works?

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