A Cup of Tea

A Cup of Tea

A Novel of 1917

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
When a privileged New York socialite, Rosemary Fell, and a penniless young woman, Eleanor Smith, fall in love with the same man, they question whether the triangle of passions will destroy them or bring them closer

Blackwell North Amer
A seductive romance, set in New York Citys high society during the period of World War I

A Cup of Tea is about two very different women and their pursuit of one man. Inspired by the classic Katherine Mansfield short story, Amy Ephrons novel begins when a privileged socialite, Rosemary Fell, invites Eleanor Smith, a penniless young woman, to her home to warm herself by the fire and to have a cup of tea. When Rosemary sees her fiancé Phillip, exchange a look with Eleanor, she gives the young woman a few dollars and sends her on her way, thinking she has cast Eleanor out of their lives. Instead, this chance encounter sets into play a tempestuous and all-consuming triangle in the great romantic tradition. Rosemary will marry Phillip, but can she stop the passion between Eleanor and Phillip? As the war builds in Europe, Phillip is conscripted to fight abroad, throwing all of their lives further off-balance.

Amy Ephrons beautifully written tale is brought to life by its vivid (and often amusing) cast of characters, its wonderful period detail of New Yorks drawing rooms and hat shops, and its delightfully spare and picturesque sense of story.



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When a privileged New York socialite, Rosemary Fell, and a penniless young woman, Eleanor Smith, fall in love with the same man, Philip, the question becomes whether the triangle of passions will destroy them or bring them closer. By the author of Bruised Fruit.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c1997
ISBN: 9780688149970
0688149979
Branch Call Number: F EPH
Characteristics: 200 p. : 19 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

A penniless young girl finds her life forever changed when she accepts a cup of tea from a wealthy society lady. Inspired by a Katherine Mansfield short story, Ephron creates a darkly romantic novel set in the midst of World War I. If you enjoyed Sebastian Faulks this one will appeal.

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GingerKaren
Oct 22, 2013

Rosemary is feeling in a generous mood as she leaves a shop with her purchases when she bumps into a young woman who asks her for money for a meal. Deciding to do a charitable act, Rosemary invites the young woman, Eleanor home for tea. This choice sets in motion a change in Rosemary's life that she is unwilling to accept and because of her shallow nature, she may lose everything.

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LisaChamps
Dec 24, 2011

The story seems like it's missing something. I never did feel like I cared much about any of the characters.

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