Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Paulette Aspesi

Title/Author
Bejewelled Death by Marian Babson

Stacey Orpington is charged with the task of going to London to bring some magnificent jewels that wlll be part of a special exhibition. On board her plane going over she meets an actor & his two young charges whom he is to take back to their guardians. However, once she lands there is a mix-up with the jewels- is it just an honest mistake or have they been stolen? What follows is murder, mayhem, & a bonding between her & the people she met on the plane. Loved the characters. Very fast read.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆

Title/Author
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Li-yan and her family, part of a Chinese ethnic group called the Akha, align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. The tea is PuÉrh. Then one day a stranger arrives who he is interested in their tea.
Li-yan, one of the few educated Akha, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that she has been taught. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, she leaves her daughter, who will later be called Haley, at an orphanage.
Li-yan goes on to become a tea expert who then starts her own business.
Haley grows up in a rich CA home, always wanting to know about her birth mother.
Eventually through a lot of luck & a great deal or coincidence, they will be reunited at the very end of the book.
Loved this book for many reasons, but especially because I have been drinking Pu’erh tea since my first trip to the Orient in 1970. Was told from the very beginning about its health benefits, and though I do not believe they are all true, I certainly believe it is a healthy drink. Fascinating about the rise & fall of its value through the years, the manipulations concerning it, & the fake products out there.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆☆
 

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