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Passionfruit and Poetry is the fifth novel by Australian author, Téa Cooper.
Over the last six years, Jeanie Baker has been quite content to help run her grandmother Norma’s Café Cinematique in the quiet little town of Oldbridge, but her world is suddenly turned upside down when famous photographer, Xander Fitzgerald arrives with a cast of stick-thin models to do a photo-shoot. The chemistry between them is immediate, and goes both ways, although Jeanie can’t believe Xander seriously wants to take herpicture. After all, she’s a size 14 plus, surely not model material. Cooper’s plot may be the classic boy-meets-girl etc, but this one has a genuine Aussie feel to it: Oldbridge is that little town just down the road; the Sydney locations feel reassuringly familiar; and Cooper’s characters sound just like people you overhear in the local café, park or supermarket. This little romance has all the essential elements: characters with a bit of depth and charm, snappy dialogue, a bit of humour, some sexual tension, a touch of intrigue, a couple of lump-in-the-throat moments and, of course, a happy ending. Cooper also uses this charming story to touch on the power of body image, peer pressure and the need for acceptance. This is a delightful read and I will be looking for more of Téa Cooper’s work to enjoy.