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Jera’s Jamboree review : The Wedding Cake Tree by Melanie Hudson

the wedding cake treeFormat: Kindle Edition

File Size: 791 KB

Print Length: 348 pages

Publisher: Choc Lit (3 Feb 2014)

ASIN: B00I8TF226

 

Can a mother’s secret past provide the answers for a daughter’s future?
Celebrity photographer Grace Buchanan has always known that, one day, she’d swap her manic day job for the peace and quiet of her beloved childhood cottage, St Christopher’s – she just didn’t expect it to be so soon.
At the reading of her mother’s will, she’s shocked to learn that she hardly knew Rosamund at all, and that inheriting St Christopher’s hangs on one big – and very inconvenient – condition: Grace must drop everything for two weeks and travel the country with a mysterious stranger – war-weary Royal Marine, Alasdair Finn.
Caught in a brief but perfect moment in time, Grace and Alasdair walk in Rosamund’s footsteps and read her letters at each breathtaking new place. As Grace slowly uncovers the truth about her mother’s incredible life story, Alasdair and Grace can’t help but question their own futures. Will Rosamund’s madcap scheme go to plan or will events take an unexpected turn?

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Grace returned to London after the death of Rosamund but is back in Devon six months later for the reading of her will.

Grimes, the solicitor (wearing no shoes or socks and with Terry the tortoise on the desk), explains to Grace the conditions that she needs to meet before the will can be read.  She doesn’t believe it’s happening … it feels very surreal!

Conditions: Five destinations and five letters in 10 days.  She must set off with Alasdair on the same day.

Visiting the Yorkshire Dales, the Scottish mountains, Zagreb and Arisaig, Rosamund’s life unfolds.  All the time, Grace is being drawn to Alasdair but his job means that he can’t get close to anyone and the things that he’s witnessed means that he has his own scars.

Each stop is amazing!  Rosamund’s life, from childhood until she fell pregnant with Grace, is adventurous and exciting.  Through her letters, we get to know her too.  Fascinating character.

Interspersed with Grace reflecting on her childhood and her time at the London Academy of Music, we get to feel the whole picture.

St Christopher’s sounds just wonderful.  The writing is so evocative that it was easy to see myself at the ford with Grace and hiding in the oak tree.

In the beginning, Grace is still in the ‘paparazzi’ mind-set but the things she finds out, the further she gets away from her life and with Alasdair’s calm and laid back reverse psychology, she starts to see the real beauty in life once more.

Alasdair was perfect (as we’ve all come to expect from Choc Lit!) in a wounded and rugged type of way.  I would have trusted him 100% with my life!  It is obvious that Hudson has used her background to create a character that reflects true life.  He is very authentic :)

There were so many feel-good moments in the story but for me, my favourite has to be the wedding they attend.  I loved these scenes!  Weepy (in a good way!). It’s not all feel-good though … there’s conflict and anguish to keep you turning those pages.

I have no hesitation in recommending you add this debut to your reading list.

 

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I would like to thank the publishers for providing an ecopy in exchange for an honest review.

Find out more about Melanie Hudson on her website and Tweet with her @Melanie_Hudson_