Secrets and Tea at Rosie Lee’s by Jane Lacey-Crane

I’m delighted to tell you about this lovely book, as part of the blog tour. Thanks so much to Aria Fiction for the advance copy.

Welcome to Rosie Lee’s cafe in the heart of the East End – where there’s not an avocado, slice of sourdough or double-shot no-foam soy milk caramel latte on the menu!

Rosie-Lee’s owner Abby is a woman without a plan… and her beloved little cafe is a business with a serious lack of customers. The Rosie Lee’s fry-up is legendary, but cooked breakfasts alone – however perfectly sizzled the bacon – aren’t going to pay the bills.

Fast approaching forty and fighting a serious case of empty nest syndrome, Abby realises it’s not just her menu that needs a makeover. And when Jack Chance, her The One That Got Away, saunters through the cafe doors and back into her life things definitely look set to change…

Abby has always believed a cup of strong builders tea makes everything better, but Jack’s reappearance is a complication even the trusty sausage sarnie can’t resolve…


There is so much more to this book than initially meets the eye. The cafe is the setting for the book, but the main storyline doesn’t really relate to the actual cafe, which makes for a varied and absorbing plot, about families, secrets and more.

The characters and dialogue are so real, there’s real depth and richness to them. Abby is a character who hasn’t had an easy time in her life, but she’s strong and resourceful.

The plot travels between present day and the past, and there are mysteries and plot twists to totally engross the reader, as well as the wonderful host of characters.

It’s an everyday, gritty setting, with ordinary people, but with facinating secrets and stories.
There’s humour and romance, secrets and suspense, it’s a book that will appeal to a wide audience.

I thought I had guessed one of the plot twists near the end, but I actually hadn’t!

A book to make you smile and to grip you and keep you absorbed right until the end. Highly recommended, it really does have it all.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Born in London, Jane’s writing career began in cable TV, writing true crime documentaries. More recently, Jane has contributed to an anthology of short stories and written two weekly crime serials. When she’s not writing, Jane loves to read good books, binge watch TV boxsets and drink tea. And wine.


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