Blog tour: TEA BY THE SEA by Donna Hemans

One book that I am adding to my summer TBR: Tea By The Sea by Donna Hemans. I was lucky enough to be invited by Red Hen Press to be part of a blog tour for Tea By The Sea, and hope to get to it in the next week or two.

What it’s about: A mother’s circuitous route to finding the daughter taken from her at birth. From the publisher: “A seventeen-year-old taken from her mother at birth, an Episcopal priest with a daughter whose face he cannot bear to see, a mother weary of searching for her lost child: Tea By The Sea is their story—that of a family uniting and unraveling. To find the daughter taken from her, Plum Valentine must find the child’s father who walked out of a hospital with the day-old baby girl without explanation. Seventeen years later, weary of her unfruitful search, Plum sees an article in a community newspaper with a photo of the man for whom she has spent half her life searching. He has become an Episcopal priest. Her plan: confront him and walk away with the daughter he took from her. From Brooklyn to the island of Jamaica, Tea by the Sea traces Plum’s circuitous route to finding her daughter and how Plum’s and the priest’s love came apart.

Why I want to read it: Family drama, secrets and a long-overdue mother-daughter reunion… what’s not to like? I am also excited to read a book from a Jamaican-born author.

Would you like to read it too? I have a copy of Tea By The Sea to give away, along with a special tea blend that Hemans created just for the blog tour. (U.S. and Caribbean readers only.) If you’d like a chance to win Tea By The Sea, leave me a comment here on the blog. I’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, June 12.

Please add Tea By The Sea to your library hold list or order it from your favorite bookstore. It comes out on Tuesday, June 9.


  • Susan Wolowitz
    June 4, 2020 - 7:24 am | Permalink

    I would love to read this book!

  • Pat Burke
    June 4, 2020 - 7:26 am | Permalink

    This book sounds great and I would love to read it!!!

  • Linda S.
    June 4, 2020 - 8:10 am | Permalink

    This book sounds good! I’ll add my name to the list.

  • Lisa Ridgley
    June 4, 2020 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I’ve added this book to my TBR list. Always enjoy your reviews and recommendations.

  • Elisabeth
    June 6, 2020 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like an interesting read!

    I am reading the last book I need to finish your challenge! It’s been a lot of fun!

  • Anne
    June 6, 2020 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this captivating giveaway. The tea and book are a great combination.

  • Laini
    June 6, 2020 - 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Being an avid reader and a tea drinker all my life makes this a special and wonderful feature and giveaway. Many thanks.

  • Susan
    June 6, 2020 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

    I love family drama and tea and would love to read this book!

  • Karen Scarr
    June 12, 2020 - 11:58 am | Permalink

    Sounds like a fantastic read!

  • Angelina Rose
    June 12, 2020 - 1:08 pm | Permalink

    This books sounds absolutely amazing and I would adore a copy of it! Thank you for being so kind to gift a copy to someone

  • Colin
    June 12, 2020 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a good read – especially if I win the giveaway!

  • Liza
    June 12, 2020 - 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to receive a copy of this book!

  • Larissa
    June 13, 2020 - 12:48 am | Permalink

    Sounds up my alley!

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