While I was sitting in the waiting room at the dentist’s office today, I finished reading Chasing Eden by Cherilyn Clough. I started reading it on Monday, and really couldn’t put it down. I was facinated by Cherilyn’s memoir and her stories of growing up with a dysfunctional/abusive family dynamic. What struck me the most though, was that she didn’t come across as bitter about her experiences, and seemed very balanced in the telling. She didn’t tell only the bad about anyone, rather both the good and bad. I found myself rooting for Cheri and hoping that by the end of the book, she would have found a way to escape the situation she felt trapped it.

Chasing Eden deals with some difficult and depressing situations, but Cheri manages to write it in such a way that I felt hopeful rather than depressed at the end of the book. I think that’s one thing that makes her memoir really unique and why I enjoyed reading it so much. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely feel terrible and horrified at some of the things that happened to her, but I also see her not giving up despite all of it, and that’s why I think the tone is hopeful by the end of the book. There’s a sequel in the works, and I’m definitely going to pick it up when it comes out because I want to know how the rest of Cheri’s story turns out!

The tea featured in the photo today is Soho by Harney & Sons. I’ve liked any of their teas that I’ve tried, and this black tea with chocolate and coconut notes is delicious! It’s a nice afternoon pick-me-up, and I think it will also feature in my morning tea rotation as well. If you’d like to shop their site using my affiliate link, and get $5 off your first order of $30 or more, then just click here.

So, let me know in the comments what books you’re reading, or which tea blend you’re drinking this week!