I'm about seven hours into the unabridged audio of Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. The story centers around Molly Gibson and her growth from naive teenager to mature young woman. In the 1830s, Hollingford's gossip mongers have plenty to occupy their minds when the widowed Dr. Gibson decides to remarry, and Molly gains not only a stepmother but a beautiful sister.
Wives and Daughters was Gaskell's last novel, and it was originally printed in serial form. Unfortunately, she died before the last chapter was completed. According to the book's introduction, she left enough notes on how she intended to conclude the novel that final episode could be published.
The Tea. I'm drinking Harney & Son's Lover's Leap Tea. Here's the description: "Lover's Leap is made at one of the prettiest gardens in the world. High in central Sri Lanka, is the old tea town of Nuwara Eliya. Here the teas are light, with hints of lemon in the cup." I may have let the leaves steep too long, but I found this black tea to be unpleasantly bitter, so I'm glad I got just a small sample of it.
The Assessment. The ladies of Hollingford are absolutely drinking tea, but I don't think they'd approve of anything called Lover's Leap. They have different teas for every day and for company, but I'm sure those teas all have sensible names.
What are you reading or listening to this week? Anything interesting in your mug or glass?
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Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.
Source: Borrowed (see review policy).
FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.