To celebrate the debut of the new fiction series "Tearoom Mysteries" from Guideposts Books, we asked our readers and some of the series' authors to share photographs of all things tea-related, from favorite spots for tea to treasured teapots. Whether you enjoy a tea party or like to curl up with a good cup of tea in the morning, you'll find something here to make you smile.
Susan Page Davis took this shot of teapots from years gone by at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona.
"Sharing afternoon tea with my daughter and mom," writes series author Elizabeth Adams, "is a special way to bring three generations of tea drinkers together."
Guideposts staffer Jennifer Tomascak shares this photograph of a cherished teapot from London that was an engagement present from her grandmother.
Reader Diane Gullet shares a photo taken at her favorite tea shop in Moore, Oklahoma.
"This was my grandfather's teapot," says Diane Gullet. "He was born in 1901 and lived to be 93. He drank tea from this teapot with every meal. It is a special memory for me, and now it has a special place in my china cabinet. It is priceless to me."
Reader Sandy Coffey inherited this tea pot from her great-great-grandmother, who brought it with her when she emigrated from Wales in the 19th century. Sandy has been using it for 60 years.
Series author Anne Marie Rogers poses with one of her favorite tea cups.
Reader Cindy Ward Roberts shares a photograph of her beautiful teapot from the Pearl China Company.
Cindy Ward Roberts shares a shot of another lovely teapot with us; this one is from the Salem China Company's Symphony series.
“Tea is a hug in a mug anytime for me, but especially when I can share it with my family or friends who also appreciate a good hot drink," says series author Erin Marshall. "My newest favorite is organic matcha green tea. Just the sight of my speckled yellow teapot when I enter the kitchen in the morning begins to steady me for the day.”
"This teapot is from Poland," writes reader J. P., "the land of my heritage."
It seems appropriate that J. P. stumbled upon this shell-themed teapot in an antique store near the New Jersey shore.
J.P. came across this classic "Brown Betty" teapot (albeit in navy blue) in an antique store in Pennsylvania. The Brown Betty style of pot dates back to 1695, though the pots didn't begin to acquire their distinctive round shapes until the 19th century.
Learn more about the "Tearoom Mysteries" fiction series from Guideposts Books! The series begins with Tearoom for Two and continues with Tea Rose.
Explore the collection of slideshows and discover inspirational quotes, beautiful photos, and powerful stories of hope.