"The Teahouse on Mulberry Street" by Sharon Owens

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"The teahouse on Mulberry Street" is written by the Irish writer Sharon Owens. It was first published 2003 in Britain and her debut has been quite a success.

Daniel and Penny Stanley have been married for over 17 years and they owe a teahouse, Muldoon's tea rooms in Belfast. Daniel is addicted to his work and he saves every single penny he can while Penny doesn't get any attention. Penny has also the desire to have a baby before its too late but Daniel cant make her dreams come true, because of secrets from his past. Secrets that he doesn't want to reveal. While Penny waits for change in their relationship and the shabby teahouse, she looks at their customers life's. Penny wants change now though, and she finds a new trust in an estate agent.

One everyday customer is poor Brenda Brown. She is an artist who doesn't get any credit for her work and to try to make her life better, she is writing to the famous actor Nicolas Cage, without sending the letters.

Henry's wife Aurora can only think of the remodeling of their home so she can house the book group. She doesn't care about her husbands feelings when she destroyed Henry's beloved greenhouse. Someone who he starts to confide in is the gardener next door. Sadie Smith struggles with her weight to please her husband. One day she can't resist Daniels bakery and that day she also finds out that her husband is cheating on her, with his much skinnier assistant. Now she wants revenge. Clare is an successful editor who lives in New York. After 20 years, she returns back to her hometown, Belfast, to look for her long lost memory. Will she ever find it? When a fire breaks...