30 July 2009

Thursday Tea: Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll

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 Tea

This week I'm drinking Adagio's Keemun Rhapsody tea, which has "taste bud entrancing cocoa notes, biscuity nuances, a whispering fruitiness and a flickering shadow of classic Keemun smokiness." The good news is that the tea was not too smoky in aroma or flavor. I've tried it only once, and I'm not sure I brewed it long enough because I didn't really taste much more than basic black tea.

The Book

I just started listening to Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll. In fact, I haven't gotten much past the setup. The book starts the day after the wedding and then flashes back to right after Elizabeth's and Jane's engagements have been announced. Lydia comes home for a visit to flaunt the great knowledge and wisdom she believes she's obtained now that she's a married lady.Wickman has been left alone in Newcastle to ponder his current state of affairs. I am a bit undecided about whether I'm going to like the book. It's 22 hours of audio, and the first hour hasn't really clicked with me. I hope it doesn't end up as aDNF.

The Assessment

Because Darcy is one of the richest men in England, he and Elizabeth could have any tea they wanted. As long as the tea was brewed fresh from loose leaves, I don't think I could have gone wrong. I'm not sure Darcy would have approved of a cuppa made from a teabag.

What are you reading or listening to this week? Anything gripping? And what are you drinking to cool off this summer or warm up this winter (depending on which side of the equator is home).


Jennie 7/30/09, 8:30 AM  

Hmm, let us know how it goes. I know I am suspicious of new-author sequels. I've finally got another Thursday Tea up!
It's here...

Julie P. 7/30/09, 8:32 AM  

I'll be anxious to hear what you think about this book. I still have four more to "read" for the Everything Austen challenge.

Miss Remmers 7/30/09, 9:59 AM  

I have this in my TBR pile so I can't wait to read what you think about it!

But, call me confused - what's aDNF?

Beth F 7/30/09, 10:05 AM  

Ooops! DNF = did not finish.

Anonymous,  7/30/09, 10:11 AM  

Seems I should be trying rhapsody tea....

I hope this book starts clicking - it sure seems interesting in theory!

Whitney 7/30/09, 10:22 AM  

I've always been hesitant to read "sequels" to Pride and Prejudice, I'm afraid they won't do the classic justice. Although, this one looks interesting, I'll be curious to see what you think of it.

Sandy Nawrot 7/30/09, 10:41 AM  

Those takeoffs have always scared me. 22 hours is a commitment, so you really need to love it! You make me laugh! Darn straight, Mr. Darcy could drink anything he damn well pleased!

Serena 7/30/09, 11:36 AM  

I haven't read this one, but the cover reminds me of Amanda Grange's Mr. Darcy's Diary.

I really enjoyed Grange's books.

bermudaonion 7/30/09, 12:28 PM  

My latest audio book hasn't clicked with me either. It's been so long since I started it, I would probably need to start from the beginning again. I hope you end up enjoying this one.

Nise' 7/30/09, 1:08 PM  

It seems that people either love this book or hate it. Sorry it was a DNF for you.

Beth F 7/30/09, 1:12 PM  

Nise': Good to know that it seems to be a polarizing book. I haven't given up on it yet -- I'm not far enough along to make a final decision. I'm hoping it will perk up soon.

Lenore Appelhans 7/30/09, 1:29 PM  

Well, the tea doesn't sound like it's a new fave or anything. I do need to get more experimental with my teas though.

Margot 7/30/09, 3:04 PM  

I saw this one at the library and was so hopeful it might be a good addition for the Everything Austen Challenge. 22 hours is a lot of listening.

TexasRed 7/30/09, 4:04 PM  

I'd love a sequel to P&P, but haven't run across one yet that I enjoyed as much as the original.

Melody 7/30/09, 8:06 PM  

I've seen this book around but didn't pick it up. I hope the book will get better the more you read it!

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books 7/30/09, 8:31 PM  

"Mr. Darcy wouldn't approve of a teabag" too funny!

I feel like I need to upgrade to loose leaf tea; no matter the variety I only use bags ... so pedestrian of me!

Jena 8/5/09, 3:31 PM  

I read this after it was highly recommended to me by a grad school friend. Based on the recommender, I shouldn't have been surprised that the best thing about this book was the sex writing. I mean, the plot wasn't horrible as far as romance genre goes. But I'm glad there's more than one sequel to P&P out there, because this as "the" sequel is like saying that Scarlett is "the" sequel to GWTW. I'm still awaiting a genuine contender to be considered a GWTW sequel.

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