28 January 2010

Thursday Tea: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (#2)

I'm almost finished listening to Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. (For a bit more information about the novel see my last tea post.) Poor Molly Gibson, her father has indeed remarried, and the new Mrs. Gibson turns out to be manipulative and selfish. But Molly did gain a loving step-sister—or so she likes to think.

I am thoroughly enjoying life in the small town of Hollingford in the 1830s. Molly is an obedient daughter, caring sister, and true friend, but sometimes she is a little too sweet for her own good. I hope to post a full review in the next 10 days or so.

The Tea. I'm drinking Harney & Son's Nahorhabi GBOP Tea. This is a nice basic tea. It has a good flavor but is not anything special. The company's description is not particularly informative, but here it is: "This is a broken (smaller pieces) Assam from . . . [the] Jayshree Group garden. The small tea flecks have lots of golden tips, making for an intense brew balanced with cooked honey and malt flavors." As always, I drink it black with no sweetener.

The Assessment. Unlike last week's tea, here's one the women of Hollingford would not be afraid to serve. No outlandish name, no radical flavor. I think this would likely be an everyday, family tea rather than one to serve to company.

What are you reading or listening to this week? Anything interesting in your mug or glass?

Wives and Daughters at Powell's
Wives and Daughters at Amazon
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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.


Nise' 1/28/10, 8:28 AM  

Just started listening to Under The Jolly Roger - book 3 in the Bloody Jack series. The first few chapters have me wondering if parents know about the language in this book, whew those sailors have potty mouths!

That said, I am enjoying this series. Jackie Faber is a great character.

Enjoying my usual Earl Gray!

Deborah 1/28/10, 8:35 AM  

ok so I don't drink tea :( and I haven't read this book :( BUT i do know my parents absolutely adored the BBC adaptation of Wives and Daughters. In fact they loved all the BBC adaptations of Elizabeth Gaskell's books which HAS sparked my interest to read the books, one day.

Sandy Nawrot 1/28/10, 8:40 AM  

I'm happy to be back to drinking non-herbal tea! I'm getting pretty close to finishing Agassi's "Open" on audio. I wonder if he drinks tea? I don't think so.

Molly 1/28/10, 9:28 AM  

You do such a wonderful job with this meme. I not only discover a little bit about the book - but a little bit about the tea and why you think they pair well together.

I look forward to reading this meme response every week!

Whitney 1/28/10, 10:33 AM  

I have been meaning to read Wives and Daughters or something written by Elizabeth Gaskell for a while. This looks like a great book and look forward to your review on it.
And as always you choice of tea sounds yummy!

Julie P. 1/28/10, 11:55 AM  

My huge order of Hot Cinnamon was just delivered. It's all I can drink right now!

bermudaonion 1/28/10, 12:50 PM  

Sounds like the perfect combination!

JoAnn 1/28/10, 2:04 PM  

I'm looking forward to reading Gaskell. Today I'm listening to Let the Great World Spin and drinking Green Mountain hazlenut coffee. We've practically got a blizzard going!

Pam 1/28/10, 4:00 PM  

This sounds like a great read for a cold winter day and a cup of black tea with honey.

Lenore Appelhans 1/28/10, 4:03 PM  

Where do you find all these different teas to try?

Beth Kephart 1/28/10, 6:31 PM  

Now, whenever I have tea, which I did this afternoon, I think of you.

That's just the way it goes, my friend.

wisteria 1/28/10, 7:59 PM  

I'm drinking Chai Green Tea by Stash. Love it.
I make a pot of tea every night now. I had to give up coffee. Thanks for your sharing your tea. :)

Esme 1/28/10, 10:10 PM  

I love tea I am all over this.

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