Why is Gracious Grove and my Nana's home and business my only true home? Well, I'll tell you about me an my life.
I'm Sophie Taylor, and I'm a very fortunate girl. My family is wealthy. It's not me that's rich, it's my father; after all, he's the one who worked his butt off (and still does) to get the Taylors where they are today. Oh sure, he's not exactly self-made. He started out with money, but made more. A lot more. He always jokes, he makes money and my mother spends it.
That's just one of the problems between my mother and I. I don't want to criticize her; I love her so much, more than she probably know. But we're so different! I yearn for a connection, but we seem to stare at each other across a Grand Canyon of misunderstanding. We just don't have anything to talk about.
On the other hand, my Nana and I are soul deep friends, as well as grandmother and granddaughter. I know I've moaned about this before, but losing my restaurant, In Fashion (in the garment district in Manhattan) hurt deeply. Where was I to go? I couldn't run home to Mom. She was in Milan, or Rome, or somewhere warm and sunny and seaside. So I ran home to Gracious Grove, New York. Home to Auntie Rose's Victorian Tea House, and Nana. Home to work and cook tearoom fare and recover.
Gracious Grove will always be home to me, but what is home; a place? People? A feeling? What is it for you?
Amanda Cooper is the pseudonym for bestselling cozy mystery author Victoria Hamilton. The Teapot Collector mysteries will each feature a recipe and a special section on tea tips written by professional tea blenders The Tea Haus!
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