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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
When Alice succumbed to cancer, her final request to her friends entailed spreading her ashes in the Ghost Ranch of New Mexico. To fulfill this wish, Cathy, Linda, and Betsy decide to take a road trip in an RV. Driving an RV might be a tad troubling when you are in your sixties, but the trio is determined to enjoy every moment of this journey. However, when they meet a wounded stray dog one night, they need to alter their course. The women must visit the nearby RV park to get the little dog checked by the resident vet. However, once they settle down in the park and befriend the community, a series of unforeseen events follow. Read The Tea Drinker’s Guide to Adventure, a novel by Andrée Jannette, to learn what happens to the three friends.
The novel evoked a gentle, soothing feeling right from the first page. Jannette’s ‘showing not telling’ approach to establish the characters made them quite endearing. I loved the mutual affection Cathy, Linda, and Betsy shared, each ready to do their best for the others. At the same time, I admired how they gave each other space and respected their decisions. The loving community at the RV park, especially the ever-patient Ben and the ever-helpful Alfreda, were simply the best. Throughout the story, Jannette showed how our non-human friends bring us unconditional love. Jannette’s portrayals of various age-related issues and the associated uncertainties tugged at my heart. Yet, the novel also showed how age could be less of a constraint if we have supportive friends to see us through life’s ordeals.
Andrée Jannette’s book conveyed the profound message that age was never a boundary in love or friendship. You could easily form lifelong bonds or feel the excitement of new love at a mature age. The novel contains epic adventures and humorous misadventures, and it is up to the reader to determine which is which. From harrowing life-and-death situations to refreshing naps and hearty meals, The Tea Drinker’s Guide to Adventure seems to cover everything. Reading this wholesome, comforting book was like sipping a warm cup of tea at the end of an exhausting day.