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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tea and Primroses--Tess Thompson--Review and Interview

Nothing is as it seemed in calm, quaint Legley Bay.
Famous novelist, Constance (last name) lived a seemingly straightforward – if private – and somewhat predictable life. Friends, beloved daughter Sutton, a beautiful home, and all the success an author could wish for. A perfect life….but was it?
When a hit and run accident suddenly takes her mother’s life, Sutton finds hidden secrets with her heartbreak. Emotional walls she assumed Constance had built to protect her privacy may have been to protect something – or someone – else entirely. Family and friends return home for support, including her own lost-love, Declan. He’s the first thing she craves to help her cope with her loss and the questions she’s left with, but he’s also the last person she wants to see. Will he be able to put down roots at last?
Can the loss of true love be the making of a life or is it destined to be the undoing of everything? When money, power and love combine across time, anything is possible.
Tess is such a great writer.  She brings the characters to life for readers.  I always enjoy reading a great book by Tess Thompson, because I know I won't be disappointed and I wasn't.  This story had a little bit of everything in it; a little romance, mystery, and a great story. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
About Tess Thompson
Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2011 she released her first novel, Riversong, which subsequently became a best seller.
Like her main character in the River Valley collection, Tess is from a small town in Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella, and their puppy Patches. She is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.
Tess is working on her next novel and regularly blogs about her journey as a mother, author and friend at
1. How long have you been writing? 
I've been writing since I was a child. First, in a daily diary and then essays and short stories when I was in high school. I didn't start writing seriously until I was out of college (I was a theatre student as USC) and wrote my first play. But it wasn't until 2000 that I started to make it a daily habit.
2. What is your favorite thing to write about?
I'm interested in family dynamics, romantic relationships and friendships, therefore this is what I write about most. I'm fascinated by why and how people love one another in all the different types of love.
3. What has been your biggest inspiration when it comes to your writing?
Strong women in my life: my grandmothers, my mother, my daughters, my best girlfriends. Their strength, intelligence and resilience never ceases to amaze me. I try and honor them in my work by writing characters like them. 
4. Who has been your biggest influence?
My mother, without question. She's been in a wheelchair since a spinal cord injury twenty years ago. She is tough and never gives up, under much worse circumstances than most of us endure. I admire her in every way. 
5. Where did they idea for your River Valley series?
The River Valley series is based (loosely) on the southern Oregon town I grew up in. It was such a wonderful place to grow up and seemed perfect for a small town setting. 
6. Besides writing, what are your other interests?
I love to cook, read, watch movies and listen to music. I find music to be one of the sources of great joy in my life. I love hanging out with my daughters and my friends. I love watching football!
7. Who are your favorite authors?
Wally Lamb and Anne Lamont are a few of my favorites but I have so many it's hard to choose.
8. Where is your favorite place to vacation and where would you love to go that you have never been?
I love Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast and Hawaii. I would love to travel through Europe for three months. 
never been?

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