Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Paulette Aspesi

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.
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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.
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