Rosemary Fell was born into privilege. She has wealth, well–connected friends, and a handsome fiance, Philip Alsop. Finally she has everything she wants.
It is then, in a moment of beneficence, that Rosemary invites Eleanor Smith, a penniless young woman she sees under a streetlamp in the rain, into her home for a cup of tea. While there, Rosemary sees Eleanor exchange an unmistakable look with Philip, and she sends Eleanor on her way. But she cannot undo this chance encounter, and it leads to a tempestuous and all–consuming love triangle –– until the tides of war throw all their lives off balance.
Inspired by a classic Katherine Mansfield short story, A Cup of Tea engages with its vivid –– and often amusing –– cast of characters, wonderful period detail, brilliant evocation of the uncertain days of World War I, and delightfully spare and picturesque sense of story.
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When Philip returns to America to find that Eleanor has borne his illegitimate child, he swears he'll leave Rosemary- -only to be foiled by his distraught young wife, who turns out to be not so oblivious after all.| Read Full Review of A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917
Ephron turns the notion of the good Samaritan on its head in a bauble of a tale about altruism gone horribly wrong. In New York City in 1917, well-to-do Rosemary Fell offers indigent Eleanor Smith teaJul 31 1997 | Read Full Review of A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917
After a friend of Rosemary's helps Eleanor find work in a millinery shop, it's Eleanor's destiny to become romantically involved with Rosemary's fiance, self-made Philip Alsop, as the U.S. prepares to go to war and duty-driven Philip prepares to do his part.| Read Full Review of A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917
Set against the pampered backdrop of New York high society during World War I, this elegant love story was inspired by a Katherine Mansfield tale.Aug 08 1997 | Read Full Review of A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917
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