posted on May 7, 2019 by Jodi Thomas

The Little Teashop on Main

One cold day in March I walked through the sunroom where my granddaughters often play.  I stopped as the real world touched my writing world.  There the girls were, wearing their hand-me-down ladies hats and gloves having tea and cookies.  The tea cups might have been full of juice and the cookies were raided from my stash of Girl Scout cookies, but the ritual was there.

For a moment I didn’t see two little girls, I saw them in college having tea and talking about their lives.  I saw them as mothers relaxing on the patio as their kids play.  At that moment I realized that the simple rituals we share bind us together.

Their tea set was an old one I found at a garage sale, but my little Harper pointed at the fine English tea set on the top shelf.  “When I’m thirteen, I’m getting that one down, Gram.”

And she will, I have no doubt.

As I wrote THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN, I realized how lucky a few of us are if we have a one or two friends we keep for a lifetime. My three little girls in the book form a bond at five that shelters and grounds them in good times and bad. So, walk with me through Laurel Springs. Get to know my people. Stay a while. I promise, when you close the book and leave my little town in Texas, you’ll smile.

Have a cup of tea and enjoy!




A rainy-day ritual—a tea party between three little girls—becomes the framework of not only their friendship, but their lives.

Redheaded, curly-haired Zoe is openhearted, kind and free-spirited, and dreams of becoming a famous actor in New York City. Shy Emily struggles with mental health but has the heart and soul of a writer. And Shannon—tall, athletic, strong—has a deep sense of loyalty that will serve her well when she heads off to military college.

As Zoe, Emily and Shannon grow into women—forging careers, following dreams and finding love—they’ll learn that life doesn’t always unfold the way they want it to, but through it all, the one constant is each other, and their regular tea parties. And when the unthinkable happens, the girls must come together to face the greatest test of all.

A deeply moving novel about the family that raises us, the hearts that nurture us and the great friendships that define our lives.

Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas

A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.

With a degree in family studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A&M University campus, where she served as Writer in Residence.

Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, "When I was teaching classes full-time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher or nurse or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I'm still making the world a better place."

When not working on a novel, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo and checking up on their two grown sons.

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