Tuesday, May 16, 2006
LINK - Charleston Tea Plantation, which was purchased by the Bigelow Family of tea fame in 2003, is open for tours again. I'd say this is a must on my next tour of Charleston. It's appropriate that the city which has America's only tea plantation is the setting for Laura Childs' tea shop mystery series. I read her latest installment in a single day last month. It is Blood Orange Brewing. If you have not read any of her tea mysteries, I recommend that you begin with the first in the series, Death by Darjeeling.
I love Dottie Frank's books. Full of Grace is probably the one with the most profound Catholic message of the three. While I am Protestant rather than Catholic, I did appreciate the journey of faith in this book. I love the Charleston area and have really embraced Frank's books because of the setting. This one is set in Charleston and Hilton Head. One of the features I really enjoy are brief appearances by characters in her other books. We got to revisit the friends from Shem Creek briefly in this most recent novel.