A disastrous office affair has left Channing Hughes unemployed and (very bloody) cynical. What better time to leave Boston for her native England, where her late grandfather has named her sole heir of the Hughes fortune, along with the centuries-old manor house that’s been in the family for generations. Only one problem with that plan—there is no Hughes fortune. The only way out from under the hefty tax bill is to sell the manor as quickly as possible or find a high-level job to support it.
If anyone deserves to be cynical about life, it’s Dr. Lark Latimer. She overcame a dysfunctional upbringing in East Boston only to lose both her college sweetheart and a promising medical career when her Ma fell critically ill. Determined to bounce back, Lark signs on with a pharmaceutical company, a job that takes her abroad to investigate a drug trial gone sideways. She finds an English countryside that’s bursting with charm—including the dry-witted, sophisticated Channing, who may be just what the doctor ordered.
Neither woman imagined the spark they shared on their transatlantic flight would lead them to life-changing decisions. Will Channing give up a future with Lark to save her home? Or will Lark persuade her to sell the manor and return to Boston?
Their time clock is ticking.
GCLS Goldie Awards
A Proper Cuppa Tea — Winner, Ann Bannon Popular Choice and Finalist, Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length Novels.
FROM THE AUTHOR
"As a frequent business flyer for many years, I enjoyed my share of travel perks. Few were more appreciated than an upgrade to first class, especially after a long day at work. That was the genesis of this book, a bedraggled business traveler who scores an upgrade on an overnight flight to London. Now toss in a complication: her new seatmate is less than thrilled about it, since that particular seat was meant for the ex who dumped her.
Frankly, that’s about all I had when I promised Bella I’d have a manuscript ready by February. The table was set for a romance, with plenty of obstacles to overcome—perky versus grumpy, American versus Brit, lucky upgrade versus entitled full-fare. Still, I hadn’t settled on a theme, a big idea to tie the pieces together. Was this going to be an emotional roller coaster, a social commentary or a whimsical romp?
Several chapters in, it struck me that just staying true to these characters’ chemistry might be enough to see it through. Like Out of Love or Mulligan. Don’t plan, don’t outline—just keep watching them and write down what they do. I’m oversimplifying the process, but that’s pretty much how this book unfolded for me. Two career-minded women at a crossroads, both facing the most pivotal decisions of their young lives. None more important than which comes first—the milk or the tea?"
Lambda Literary Review
A Proper Cuppa Tea is a smart and sexy romance featuring two professional women. While their relationship first stutters from the distractions of their lives, when they decide to pursue it, the romance develops in a realistic, charming, erotic, and organic manner. These characters are well rounded and fully depicted. They have careers and responsibilities as well as relationships with other people. The blended plot lines and complications are integral to the potential for Lark and Channing’s future together. MacGregor’s newest romance is a marvelous, entertaining, captivating book as complex and full-bodied as that perfect cup of tea. Put the kettle on to boil, find a cozy chair, and settle in to enjoy A Proper Cuppa Tea.
The Lesbian Review
The author did a remarkable job of bringing all of the characters to life for me. I was able to form a vivid image of each delightful character in my mind and I felt as though I could hear the witty banter between Channing and Lark. There wasn’t a lag in the storyline or any unnecessary drama and I am very pleased to admit that the author made me fall in love with the charming English landscape. This story entertained me from the first word and I can’t tell you how many times I had to suppress my laughter while I kept sneaking a read when I was at work. I adore British humor and I tend to fall in love (quite deeply, I must say) with quirky and sarcastic British characters who have a wicked sense of humor. If you love books with picturesque landscapes, feisty women, meddling and well-meaning friends coupled with countless cups of delicious tea, then this story is definitely for you!
Lex’s Reviews - I thought the writing was really well done in this book. I instantly found myself hooked into the story. Not only were the characters likeable, but their jobs and life were interesting. I found myself really caring about what would happen next. Lark is a doctor whose job is to oversee drug trials. Never thought this would be an interesting job, but it really was. There is a tiny mystery about why three patients got sick on their normally safe medicine. It is up to Lark to find out why. This baby mystery was really interesting and helped to keep me flipping the pages. I definitely recommend this to romance fans and I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I did.