Release day: The Wedding Cake Tree
Today is the official release of The Wedding Cake Tree by Melanie Hudson (paperback, Choc Lit). Here’s the blurb:
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?
An emotional, fun-filled and adventurous journey of a lifetime.
Melanie dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
When I sit quietly in a place that has remained unchanged for generations—be it in a house, or up a mountain, or in a coffee shop in a vibrant city, say—I usually find myself daydreaming about the stories of others that may have unfolded in the exact same place but separated by time, not landscape. In The Wedding Cake Tree we see the lives of two women (mother and daughter) unfold thirty years apart but set in exactly the same places, in landscapes that have remained unchanged for generations. I loved this idea; the idea that a mother and (later) the daughter had, perhaps, fallen in love in the same city, looking at the same architecture, while walking the same streets … and making the exact same mistakes (although whether or not Grace and Rosamund’s actions can be viewed as a mistake depends entirely on the reader’s viewpoint and fascinates me further). The story of The Wedding Cake Tree unfolds in five different landscapes—landscapes that are as important to the structure and tone of the story as any of the key characters. In fact, I would say that the settings of the book are characters in their own right. I spent hours and hours working away at the story to perfect the balance of incorporating landscape without slowing down the pace (it is purposefully a fast-paced novel) and the reviews suggest that I managed to get this balance right. The writing of the landscape into the story was easier, however, because I chose only to use beautiful locations that I knew intimately, which meant I could feel and taste and touch the countryside as I was writing, just by closing my eyes. And so, The Wedding Cake Tree is a novel that celebrates my love for the British landscape, but I also hope that it celebrates other kinds of love, too—like romantic love, and also the unshakable bond of parental love, which in the case of The Wedding Cake Tree, remains unshaken even from beyond the grave.