Sonia Gensler

Sonia Gensler

Author of THE DARK BETWEEN (Knopf 2013) and THE REVENANT (Knopf 2011). I love historical fiction, costume dramas, and anything mysterious or Gothic.
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Sonia Gensler: January Tea and a Book: ALL PASSION SPENT. Now, as the title may suggest, this is not a novel of high action and blistering passion. (Heh.) Rather, it is the story of recently widowed Lady Slane, who finds herself surrounded by bossy children who want to micromanage the short time she has left on Earth. What does Lady Slane do? She decides to rent a house far from her children and spend the rest of her days in quiet contemplation.

As hinted in a previous post, I read Vita Sackville-West's All Passion Spent , and it is perfect companion for tea! Now, as the title may su.

December Tea and a Book: WINTER SOLSTICE. For this month's post, I was determined to find a novel in which most of the story takes place during Christmas. I read several good candidates, but Winter Solstice was by far the most compelling. The story revolves around Elfrida Phipps, a former stage actress who has retired to a small cottage in Hampshire, England.

For this month's post, I was determined to find a novel in which most of the story takes place during Christmas. I read several good candida.

November Tea and a Boo: ANGELS & INSECTS. I love tea and I love books, so why not combine the two in a blog post? Each month I'll attempt to pair tea and something scrumptious with a good book. In some cases, the book will even reference tea -- bonus!   Let's start with my recent re-read of the two novellas that make up A.S. Byatt's Angels and Insects.

November Tea and a Boo: ANGELS & INSECTS. I love tea and I love books, so why not combine the two in a blog post? Each month I'll attempt to pair tea and something scrumptious with a good book. In some cases, the book will even reference tea -- bonus! Let's start with my recent re-read of the two novellas that make up A.S. Byatt's Angels and Insects.

A tea for September. I miss talking about tea. In these stressful times, taking a moment to celebrate the soothing and fortifying ritual of afternoon tea seems a good idea, doesn't it? In fact, I'd like to start a tradition of monthly tea recommendations. Please feel free to join in with your own recs -- either in the comments or in a post of your own! So without further ado . . . September's tea recommendation is Pleine Lune, from Mariage Frères. (2012)

I miss talking about tea. In these stressful times, taking a moment to celebrate the soothing and fortifying ritual of afternoon tea seems.

A tea for October. I had dreams of doing a fancy photo shoot for this month's featured tea. With so much going on, however, what I really needed was a simple and comforting cuppa. So today I'm featuring my go-to tea for days when I need some sweetness and warmth to drive away the blues. (2012)

I had dreams of doing a fancy photo shoot for this month's featured tea. With so much going on, however, what I really needed was a simple a.

A tea for November. This month's post is inspired more by the tea treat than the tea itself. I was keen to make pumpkin scones from scratch, and for me a very flavorful scone pairs well with a traditional black tea. And thus I chose Adagio's Assam Harmony. (2012)

This month's post is inspired more by the tea treat than the tea itself. I was keen to make pumpkin scones from scratch, and for me a very .

A tea for December. As many of you know, my favorite holiday tea blend is from Harney & Sons and can be ordered online or found in Barnes & Noble cafes (as well as in many shops that stock specialty food items). You can order loose leaf OR sachets! (2012)

A tea for December. As many of you know, my favorite holiday tea blend is from Harney & Sons and can be ordered online or found in Barnes & Noble cafes (as well as in many shops that stock specialty food items). You can order loose leaf OR sachets!

I had the entire weekend all to myself and, after a rough start with tornadoes and storms, it turned out to be a lovely extension to my birthday. Though I did get some writing and housework done, I mostly indulged in my favorite things. Like tea, for instance. I hadn't yet used my Minton Haddon Hall china, and my indulgent birthday weekend seemed the perfect time to do so. (2013)

I had the entire weekend all to myself and, after a rough start with tornadoes and storms, it turned out to be a lovely extension to my birt.

A tea for August, featuring Taloon tea from Indonesia purchased from L'Art du The in Lucerne, Switzerland . . . (2013)

A tea for August, featuring Taloon tea from Indonesia purchased from L'Art du The in Lucerne, Switzerland .