Thursday, 9 April 2015

The wedding cake tree - Melanie Hudson

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? 

My thoughts:
Grace lost her mother 6 months ago and it's time for the will. Oh her mum was a strange one because Grace is sent on a journey to learn more about her mum. With her she has a hunky solider named Alasdair. I see what you did there mum ;).

Did I approve of the journey? Yes and no. It was a lovely thing to do and to find out about your mother's past. It was a hard thing to do to find out about your mother and the things she had not said.

The book takes Grace from place to place. Special ones to her mother, and she has letters to read at each step. Telling her a story she did not know. 

Alasdair is there with her to give her guidance, he knew her mum too. But it's also obvious her mother put him there so maybe something would grow. She also wants Grace to find her way and passion again.

There is romance, but this is not a romance. It's a journey. They get to know each other, slowly become friends, and then maybe maybe something will grow, slowly. He is broken at times, she is lost. But they are a good fit, and of course it will have a happy ending too. It might not be a contemporary romance but of course I will give you a HEA :)

Her mother's life was interesting to read about. But she had also been one stubborn woman! Too stubborn. It was a bit sad at times too, not crying sad, just sad about the stubbornness of some people.

Conclusion:
A journey, a mystery and a romance to be had.

Cover
Nice

Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 7th 2015
Romantic fiction
For review


32 comments:

  1. I enjoy stories like this esp if its well written and the pastdrawn out. It can be touching at times

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  2. Even though this isn't a contemporary romance, I'm glad we get an HEA in the end:)

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  3. This sounds like a heavy, but wonderful read and I'm glad romance isn't at the forefront.

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  4. Ha. Match-making from the grave. :)

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  5. I hate when the deceased make you jump through hoops - I would be like - you can keep your stuff! lol

    But this does sound like a nice story.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. And it was several days...several! And so much to do. So good and bad. I would be mad ;)

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  6. Almost Friday... we can make it...

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    1. Only 7-40 h left of the workday...well when I get to work

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  7. Ehh... not sure sounds a little dramatic for me right now, I seem to have ADD when it comes to reading right now.

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    1. Oh it was not dramatic, I mean yes and no. it was never overwhelming

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  8. A journey is good! Perhaps a bit too much drama for me...

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    1. I would not say too much drama, yes drama but never DRAMA

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  9. Ah yes it's a complicated trip there, I can understand, at least he was there too.

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    1. She would have given up otherwise

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  10. You don't sound very wowed by it... This is got to be one of your quietest reviews :) But it does sound interesting, and I do enjoy a gradual progression. Nice review & have a nice weekend <3

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    1. Well, I do snark on bad books, and good books. And this book was sort of quiet so I had nothing to snark about. And yes I was not all wow either cos it was a quiet good book

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  11. I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds really good!

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  12. Interesting premise..but what a shame her mother didn't do this before so she could answer questions etc..but maybe that was the point

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    1. To tell these things before would have been better, but then there were things that maybe her mother just did not want to face

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  13. This one sounds like something I could enjoy.

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  14. Hmmmm why does your blog hate me? My comment is MIA!

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