After working long hours her whole life, Claire is finally enjoying retirement: meeting new friends, discovering new foods, and exploring the world around her. Only one person is missing from her romps: Richard, her husband of fifty years.
Richard is long past retirement age, but why should he stop working? He loves mentoring new real estate agents, contributing to his community, and helping people—especially the grandchildren of his earliest clients—find the perfect home. He and Claire have lived like this their entire marriage. Why mess with a masterpiece?
Claire wants to explore, to take risks, to enjoy these free years of her life. Richard wants to freeze their perfect lives right where they are.
But if Claire and Richard can’t figure how to wrap their love into one magical Christmas gift for themselves, their decades-old marriage will melt.
Teas of Joy is an uplifting, later-in-life holiday romance. If you enjoy timeless stories about soulmates, lifelong love, and tea shops, then cozy up with your favourite hot drink and the third book in Lori Wolf-Heffner’s sweet romance series, Love on Belmont.
It was nearly two in the morning by the time they got home from their fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration. They were so tired, they sank into the couch, laughing at their exhaustion.
Richard straightened the little bit of hair he had left. Not that it mattered. Messy hair, either a full head or not, always turned Claire on. He kissed her on her ear and then down her neck. She shivered and reached for Richard’s top button, then shook her head and laughed some more. “I’m far too tired.”
Richard also conceded defeat. “We should’ve had sex this afternoon. Enough energy for gifts, though?” he asked.
Claire’s eyelids wanted to close but she sat up and lifted herself to her feet with a groan.
They both went to retrieve their anniversary presents: Claire in the den, and Richard apparently in the front closet, on the top shelf Claire couldn’t reach. Being the shortest in the family was usually so unfair.
Back on the couch, they exchanged gift bags.
“Of course you’ve done yours up with bows and dried flowers,” Richard said. “This looks beautiful.”
“Bergamot,” Claire said. “Jan’s idea. All that’s missing to make it an Earl Claire is a vanilla pod, but I thought that might smell too strong.”
Richard insisted she open her gift first and handed her a simple lightweight gift bag that said, “Happy Anniversary!” with gold tissue stuffed in the top. Cute: gold for their golden anniversary.
When she opened the gift, she laughed and kissed him: the bag contained a pamphlet for tea gardens on Vancouver Island.
“Since you’ve never seen real tea gardens before,” he said. “But why are you laughing?”
Claire pointed at her gift without saying a word. When Richard opened it, he also began to laugh. Claire’s gift was the same pamphlet plus a brochure for a luxurious hotel.
Claire shook her head in disbelief. “I don’t know if it’s a good thing that we thought of the same gift or if it says we’ve been together too long.”
Richard held her hand and looked deeply into her eyes. “We can never have been together too long.”
She's opened his eyes to the delicious world of tea. Can she open her own heart to his love?
It’s 1967 and young widow Claire is living her dream as the owner of Claire’s Tea Shop, a dream she refuses to give up on again.
Richard is a successful up-and-coming realtor and believes his life is complete. Until he falls cup over saucer for Claire.
Both feel the steam in the room, but Claire fears falling in love again will force her to choose between a second flush on love and her beloved store. Can she find the perfect blend of romance and dreams?
Will tea bags come between Claire and Richard?
It’s 1987 and Claire’s Tea Shop is losing business to herbal teas that promise health benefits, the doughnut shop that serves smokers, and Claire’s ultimate nemesis: tea bags that offer convenience. So intently focused on saving her business, Claire’s romantic feelings for Richard, her husband of almost 20 years, have all but evaporated.
Seeing his wife struggle leaves Richard’s heart steeped in sadness. She refuses his every offer of help but it’s almost Halloween and Claire must turn things around by Christmas or risk closing her store forever. Richard takes one last courageous stand: He suggests Claire sell tea bags.
Can tea and Christmas magic mend a broken heart?
Claire and Richard are preparing Claire’s Tea Shop for the 40th Annual Christmas Sale and Tea Party. When Pauline, their oldest daughter, surprises them with news of a dream opportunity for herself, Claire and Richard know their family has been touched by Christmas magic.
Until they see that Pauline’s broken heart is holding her back from believing in herself.
Claire and Richard want Pauline to follow her dreams. Can their special blend of love flush out the hurt in their daughter’s heart?
Across the tracks and up a set of cement stairs from Lori's grandmother’s home was Belmont Village, a quaint shopping district with restaurants, a drug store, a convenience store, and several small businesses. The neighbourhood for Lori means family and romance, which is why she's set both her young adult and romance series there.
Lori is also a former competitive dancer, dance teacher, and theatre manager, and was a member of the first Canadian National Tap Team, back in 1996, under the leadership of Bonnie Dyer, with choreographer Matthew Clark. Dance took Lori to competitions all over Southern Ontario, into the US, to Disney World, and to Germany. She has many fond memories of performing with her dance team.
And that's why she uses dance as a backdrop in many of her stories.
Oh! And she's also spent a day in Luxembourg and 15 minutes in Switzerland, and she can still do cartwheels.