Secrets and Tea at Rosie Lee’s

Written by Jane Lacey-Crane


Welcome to Rosie Lee’s cafe in the heart of the East End – where there’s not an avocado, slice of sourdough or double-shot no-foam soy milk caramel latte on the menu!

Rosie-Lee’s owner Abby is a woman without a plan… and her beloved little cafe is a business with a serious lack of customers. The Rosie Lee’s fry-up is legendary, but cooked breakfasts alone – however perfectly sizzled the bacon – aren’t going to pay the bills.

Fast approaching forty and fighting a serious case of empty nest syndrome, Abby realises it’s not just her menu that needs a makeover. And when Jack Chance, her The One That Got Away, saunters through the cafe doors and back into her life things definitely look set to change…

Abby has always believed a cup of strong builders tea makes everything better, but Jack’s reappearance is a complication even the trusty sausage sarnie can’t resolve…


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Well-Crafted and Beautifully Written!   5 stars


If you expect this to be another tale of a modern cafe in a beautiful setting, then you’re way off the mark. This is a deeper read, set in an area of London ripe for regeneration and a family who have had to fight and struggle for all that they have.

Abby owns Rosie Lee’s, a traditional cafe in the heart of the East End. She can’t afford to compete with all the new style coffee shops and is barely making ends meet. She knows something is going to have to give, but is putting off any decisions until she sees her daughter Lucy set off to Bristol for university. As a single parent, and one with a poor relationship with her own mother, she has put all her energies into making Lucy aware that she is loved, always. Her brother Matt has been a fabulous support ever since she had Lucy and it has brought the siblings closer.

There are plenty of secrets revealed in this novel .. Abby is not aware of lots of things and she isn’t the only one. Neither was I! Just when you think things have settled, another one comes crawling out of the woodwork! This is a well-crafted novel, carefully plotted, beautifully written and including mystery, romance, family secrets, sadness and so much more. It is a fabulous read – one which will keep you glued to the page and have you rooting for Abby and her future. Listed as ‘a frank, funny, feel-good look at grown-up life and love’ this is one book which lives up to it’s publicity. Moving along at quite a pace, never leaving time to ponder what’s coming next as the revelations spill. Definitely a must read, and one I’m very happy to recommend.

My grateful thanks to author Jane Lacey-Crane for posting about her novel on twitter which alerted me to submit my request via NetGalley, and also to publishers Aria for approving my copy. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: contemporary fiction, romance



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1890 KB
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication Date: 1 May 2018
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Meet the Author


61q1jZBvjsL._UX250_Jane has reached the age now where she no longer tells people her age! She’s old enough to legally be able to do everything and that’s all that matters. ‘Secrets & Tea at Rosie Lee’s’ is Jane’s debut novel. Born and brought up in London’s East End, she now lives in Lincolnshire with her family. Thankfully she recently discovered the joys of mail order pie, mash & liquor, so she can relive her youth anytime she feels like it!

Although writing stories was something that Jane had always done, she never thought anyone would pay her to do it so she focussed on learning to act instead, figuring that this was a much more reliable way to earn a living. Sadly, her career as an actress was shortlived, actually it was non-existent, so she turned her attention to another reliable line of work – Cable Television! This was where Jane managed to finally get paid (badly!) doing something she enjoyed – writing. She began with scripts for a series all about Serial Killers (imaginatively entitled ‘Serial Killers’) and then moved on to a series of history documentaries. This series never saw the light of day in the UK but Jane has been informed that it used be very popular with insomniacs staying in hotels in the Far East. This may or may not be true.

She is currently working on her second contemporary novel for Aria Fiction.



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