21 May 2009

Thursday Tea . . . Not (May 21): No Angel by Penny Vincenzi

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.

The Coffee

This week I'm not drinking tea at all. I treated myself to a pound of Peet's Italian Roast coffee: "Intense; blended from the fullest-bodied, most flavorful coffees from the Pacific and Latin America." I love Peet's coffee, but it's a mail-order item for me. I've been indulging in a double shot of espresso in the afternoons. I like my coffee strong with no milk or sugar, and espresso is my favorite.

The Book

I'm still listening to No Angel by Penny Vencenzi, and I'm still loving it. Especially interesting over the last week was reading about how the Lytton's publishing company coped during World War I. With the men gone, the women were forced to make changes to deal with the shortages in materials and a weak economy. When the war ends, the men aren't necessarily pleased with the new policies. There is lots of good action too: love affairs, sibling rivalries, business competition, jealousy, and the early women's movement. And one branch of the family is now living in New York.

The Assessment

It's after the war and the economy is on the rise. The men are beginning to find their way back into their lives after returning from the battlefield. There seems to be a lot of champagne and the restocking of wine cellars. I really don't think anyone would be drinking double shots of espresso. So I'd say I failed to match book and drink this time.

Have you discovered anything interesting to drink lately? What have you been reading or listening to?


Julie P. 5/21/09, 7:37 AM  

Coffee?? I love coffee too, but somehow it doesn't work the same way for me and this meme! Here's to hoping you go back to tea next week! :)

Glad you're enjoying the book.

Beth F 5/21/09, 7:41 AM  

Back to tea next week . . . No worries!

Belle 5/21/09, 9:44 AM  

These days, when I'm trying to stay afloat amid the deadlines (you know, I know you know!), I need my coffee! That double shot of espresso sounds good, too. I have a Penny Vencenzi in my TBR - not this one, but you've reminded me of it. I should pull it out and give it a try.

Melody 5/21/09, 10:41 AM  

Can't wait to read your review on this book, Beth!

I'm more of a tea person than a coffee person, hehe. Green tea is a must for me!

Kim 5/21/09, 10:59 AM  

First off, this book sounds really good and your synopsis was well done--made me want to read it. Second, I am from Seattle and love my coffee so I know what you mean when sometimes tea doesn't work! I try to drink more tea, but always go back to coffee!
Have a lovely day-

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 5/21/09, 11:22 AM  

Peets Sumatra is a favorite of mine!!

Sandy Nawrot 5/21/09, 11:36 AM  

I'm not a coffee drinker, but I like tea now and again (usually in the winter, since it is always so stinking hot here). I like a Diet Coke, but I can't keep it in the house or I'd drink too much of it and embalm myself prematurely.

Margot 5/21/09, 11:52 AM  

There is a Peet's Coffeeshop in Portland, Oregon. My daughter says their coffee is very good and very strong. I wonder if this is the same group? I like the sounds of your book. I like that time period.

bethany (dreadlock girl) 5/21/09, 12:57 PM  

That book looks so good. I love the cover, and you know....that little green picture of the tea drinkers always gets my thirst for tea going. I love peet's coffee though, but I can only do decaf.

Michele 5/21/09, 2:41 PM  

Wished I liked tea, but only in the iced form for me. I did order a specialty Kona coffee from Hawaii (from a friend's coffee plantation) but despite the hefty price, it fell short for me. *sigh* Not having luck on mail order coffee these days.

Whitney 5/21/09, 7:09 PM  

I've never been a huge coffee drinker but the book sounds fantastic!

Anonymous,  5/21/09, 9:50 PM  

here's my question: as summer rolls around, will you be shifting to sun or iced tea for the thursday treat?

Novroz 5/21/09, 10:02 PM  

Thx for visiting my blog :)

Unfortunately I don't bout those books

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