The Wedding Cake Tree by Melanie Hudson
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?
An emotional, fun-filled and adventurous journey of a lifetime.
My thoughts on The Wedding Cake Tree:
After the death of her mother, Grace is put into a cab by the solicitor, armed with a suitcase that was packed for her and accompanied by a stranger, Grace finds herself guided by letters written by her mother and her guide Alasdair, She is about to embark on a journey into the unknown, with only the knowledge that her mother wants her to go there……
I was expecting the story to not be the adventurous almost life affirming read that it was. I suppose from the title I had expected something light hearted and in a way flippant, but instead what I got was so much more. A diamond in disguise.
There is a wonderful descriptiveness to this story, one that doesn’t just have you feeling the emotions of the characters but will also have you longing to visit the places described.
Alasdair was the character that made this book for me, not only was he strong and supportive of Grace (someone he had just met) but he was also dealing with his own troubles.Throw into that, the fact that he was gorgeous and ladies and gentleman we have a winner!
There is a strong determination to be found in both Alasdair and Grace, the need to fulfil Rosamund’s last request, this for me added something special to the story. The way the characters challenged themselves in honour of someone no longer there.
A truly beautiful debut, that has left me excited to read more from Melanie Hudson.