A Cuban girl's guide to tea and tomorrow / Laura Taylor Namey.

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      Summary: Seventeen-year-old Lila Reyes, furious when her parents send her to the English countryside to recover from grief and heartbreak, unexpectedly falls in love with a teashop clerk--and England, itself.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: After graduation, everything Lila Reyes had planned for her life fell apart. Her worried parents make a new plan for her: Spend three months with family friends in Winchester, England, to relax and reset. But with the lack of sun, a grumpy inn cook, and a small town lacking Miami flavor (both in food and otherwise), what would be a dream trip for some feels more like a nightmare to Lila. Until she meets Orion Maxwell. A teashop clerk with troubles of his own, Orion appoints himself as Lila's personal tour guide. Soon a new future is beginning to form in Lila's mind-- one that would mean leaving everything she ever planned behind. -- adapted from jacket
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      Ages 12 up. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
      Grades 10-12. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
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      Cuban girl's guide to tea & tomorrow.
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Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1

When seventeen-year old Lila falls apart following significant tragedies in her life, her family sends her on a little sabbatical away from Miami, to stay with a relative in Winchester, England for the summer. At first, it's the last thing Lila wants; after all, she and her sister are supposed to inherit the family bakery, and she loves nothing more than to make delicious food and feed people. Things in Winchester fall into place as she meets new friends and pours her heart into the kitchen at her family's inn. The heart-wrenching grief Lila feels for her recently deceased abuela and subsequent loss of two important relationships comes in waves throughout the story, striking suddenly then ebbing as Lila discovers new and healthy ways to cope. Anyone who has lost a loved one knows exactly how it feels, and Namey conveys it perfectly. This book has it all: the recipe for new, lasting, happy friendships, a dash of romance, and some gentle (albeit hard) lessons about honoring yourself and letting go of people as perspectives shift. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 September #1

Lila Reyes, 17, had her whole life after graduation planned out—stay in her native Miami, take over her family's bakery, get an apartment with her best friend, and keep dating her boyfriend—but after "the trifecta," a series of massive losses, she's sent to a medieval town in Hampshire, England, to visit her Tía Cate. Lila is determined to return to Miami, but new experiences begin to warm her up to England—replacing the head baker on leave at Tía Cate's traditional British inn, as well as meeting new friends Remy and Jules, and getting to know Orion, a boy who becomes her unofficial tour guide. Now, exploring England and bringing her beloved Miami into the Cuban food she makes, Lila just might not want to return home so soon. Namey (The Library of Lost Things) shines at characterization and portraying self-discovery ("I can change my life recipe, too"). A heartwarming romance paired with a well-written setting add up to a satisfying read on multiple levels. Ages 12–up. Agent: Natascha Morris, BookEnds Literary. (Oct.)

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