The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

Historical Novels, Commercial Fiction, Women's Fiction, Fiction

Mr Akeno and the Secret of Green Tea

It is the 1870s, and 24-year-old Clara Winterfeld wants to support her family’s tea house in Berlin after her father's death. In order to secure the business financially, she is preparing to marry her rich childhood friend Franz. But her heart actually belongs to the Japanese tea merchant Akeno, who deals in green tea, a delicacy still unknown in Europe. After one passionate night, Akeno leaves for Japan. Clara is left with little more than a pile of secret letters and a precious tea caddy. When, a few months later, she finds out that she is pregnant, she can’t work out whose child she is carrying... Desperate – but courageous – she wants nothing more than to follow her heart and leave Franz. But will she ever see Akeno again?

  • A strong young woman fighting for love despite convention
  • For readers of Anne Jacobs, Lucinda Riley, and Corinna Bomann
  • Second title is in preparation
Rosalie Schmidt

Rosalie Schmidt – actually Karla Schmidt writing under a pseudonym – works as an editor and a lecturer in dramaturgy. After having lived in Berlin for twenty-five years, she went back to Göttingen where she now lives with her two daughters and works for her parents’ tea business.

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

Mr Akeno and the Secret of Green Tea

It is the 1870s, and 24-year-old Clara Winterfeld wants to support her family’s tea house in Berlin after her father's death. In order to secure the business financially, she is preparing to marry her rich childhood friend Franz. But her heart actually belongs to the Japanese tea merchant Akeno, who deals in green tea, a delicacy still unknown in Europe. After one passionate night, Akeno leaves for Japan. Clara is left with little more than a pile of secret letters and a precious tea caddy. When, a few months later, she finds out that she is pregnant, she can’t work out whose child she is carrying... Desperate – but courageous – she wants nothing more than to follow her heart and leave Franz. But will she ever see Akeno again?

  • A strong young woman fighting for love despite convention
  • For readers of Anne Jacobs, Lucinda Riley, and Corinna Bomann
  • Second title is in preparation
Bibliographic Data
448 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-22016-3
First published 2022