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It's not every day a Northern Ireland writer hits the New York Times best-seller list. Owens' sensitive and artistic eye finds beauty in quite ordinary things.

B E L F A S T   T E L E G R A P H

 

Sharon Owens is an original and insightful new voice in Irish literature.
S H E I L A   O ' F L A N A G A N

Every page exhibits an empathy and understanding of life's comic and tragic drama.
I R I S H   I N D E P E N D E N T
 

By the time I finished this book, I felt rather disappointed that I couldn't step into The Tea House on Mulberry Street with its engaging, human characters and mouth-watering recipes. Sharon Owens has a talent for drawing the reader into her world. A book as warm and comforting as a really good afternoon tea.
J O   J O   M O Y E S

If you're young and single (and even if you're not), the hottest place to see and be seen in Belfast is the ballroom on Magnolia Street. Owens's follow-up to her delightful debut novel, The Teahouse on Mulberry Street, is a comic, capricious escapade brimming with winsome, quirky characters.
B O O K L I S T

An Irish Love Actually. Quite an impressive debut, filled with vividly fleshed-out characters, peppered with flashes of humour and loads of warmth.
S U N D A Y   P E O P L E   A U S T R A L I A

Set in Belfast, the story revolves around the turbulent lives of the people who visit Muldoon's Tea Rooms. Like a soap opera the novel is stuffed with sex, scandal and drama; sometimes painfully funny but also tinged with sadness. By entwining romance with food, Owens does for cakes and coffee what Joanne Harris did for chocolate.
B I G   I S S U E

A cleverly written and very readable account of a group of women gathering in a local Belfast cafe. Brilliantly paced, it could only have been written by someone who knows the real rhythm of modern Belfast.
I R I S H   V O I C E

From the young artist who writes hundreds of letters to Nicolas Cage, to the cranky retired twin sisters nicknamed The Creepy Crawleys, to the housewife whose husband cheats on her while she caters to his every need, each customer has a story filled with warmth and humor.
C H I C A G O   T R I B U N E

A charming tale. This is the perfect book for a winter afternoon by the fire.
H E R A L D   S U N   A U S T R A L I A

Gives you a warm glow like a nice cup of tea.
I R I S H   I N D E P E N D E N T

A delightful and remarkably assured debut novel. A beautiful book, beautifully written, tragic and comic in turn.
R T E   O P E N   H O U S E   I R E L A N D

The characters who come into Muldoon's Tea Rooms are engaging and quickly gain our affection. Endearing and poignant.
T H E   S U N D A Y   T A S M A N I A N   A U S T R A L I A

Owens is a welcome addition to the world of Irish fiction.
B O O K S   I R E L A N D

Stands head and shoulders above most of its contemporaries when it comes to the sheer craft of writing. An elegantly written and insightful look at the lives and loves of those who frequent the tea shop.
A B R O A D   M A G A Z I N E

A lovely, nostalgic, romantic first novel.
E V E N I N G   H E R A L D   I R E L A N D

A fairy tale for grown-ups.
T H E   I R I S H   T I M E S

Sad, charming, beautiful and romantic.
H E A T   M A G A Z I N E

The vibrancy of Ireland's new generation of women writers has never been more evident than in the beautifully warm and evocative stories by this new talent.
W O M A N ' S   W A Y   A U S T R A L I A

Uniquely uplifting style.
I R I S H   N E W S

Fulfils the promise Owens showed in her first outing.
B E L F A S T   T E L E G R A P H

Yet another outstanding book, am eagerly awaiting the next.
W O M A N ' S   W A Y   A U S T R A L I A

All that we loved about The Teahouse is here, and more.
T H E   U L S T E R   H E R A L D

Funny and touching by turns. Readers cannot fail to take the characters straight to their hearts. The novel is a breath of fresh air.
T Y R O N E   C O N S T I T U T I O N

A story of passion, romance and regret that proves falling in love is never as straight-forward as it seems. Prepare for some late nights when reading it.
T H E   F E R M A N A G H   H E R A L D

Owens brings an everyday world alive with her vivid characters and the Tavern's uncertain fate makes this a real page-turner.

I R E L A N D   O N   S U N D A Y

 

This is the third book by the author of the wonderful, quirky The Teahouse on Mulberry Street. Sharon Owens sets her books around a building and a business that attracts a cast of interesting characters. This time it's a Belfast tavern that's been run by Lily and Jack Beaumont for the past twenty years, until a mega-mall development is proposed and the fight for survival is on. Gentle and charming with all the warmth and intimacy of a fireside tale.

W O M A N ' S   W A Y   A U S T R A L I A

 

Curl up with tea and cake and become acquainted with the cast of wonderful characters who frequent Muldoon's Tea Rooms in Belfast in this heart-warmingly romantic novel.

W O M A N ' S   O W N

 

A ballroom in 1980s Belfast is at the centre of an ensemble comedy romance with almost fairytale overtones. Presided over by the charismatic Johnny Hollywood Hogan, the ballroom is where lovers meet and tempers flare. There good-natured Shirley falls for Declan, the secret love child of Hogan and Marion. But the beans are about to be spilled, bringing jealousies, tension and family responsibilities to the fore.

H E R A L D   S U N

 

This is a delightful book that allows the reader a taste of so many different characters whose lives all meet at the ballroom on Magnolia Street. And the author writes with such fantastic detail she makes you feel as if you are right there dancing along with them.

B A Y S I D E   B U L L E T I N

 

Irish writer Sharon Owens has the right balance between humour and description in The Teahouse on Mulberry Street. Disarmingly unpretentious.

S U N D A Y   T A S M A N I A N

 

This book is a treat. Charming and quirky. The plot goes in every direction except the one you expect.

T H E   A U S T R A L I A N   W O M E N ' S   W E E K L Y

 

When kooky Shirley falls for Declan, her girl-about-town sister Kate feels left behind. But a revelation soon tests their bond. A real page-turner.

C O M P A N Y

 

Owens's second novel is a delightful, heart-warming yarn about a handful of misfits at a Belfast ballroom.

H E A T   M A G A Z I N E

 

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