Jun 7, 2015

Chocolate Weekend: 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.

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Grace has recently lost her mother. She wants to return to her childhood home to live a secluded life in the countryside. She loves the home she grew up in and is especially attached to the beautiful wedding cake tree in the garden. Grace expects to inherit the cottage, but her mother has other plans. Even in death she tries to send Grace a message. Grace has to wait six months before the reading of the will. When she's finally ready to hear what it says there's another surprise waiting for her. She's supposed to go on a trip, a journey that takes her to the important places in her mother's life from before Grace was born.

Grace isn't supposed to travel alone. Alasdair is a dear friend of her mother and he's supposed to keep her company, to be her guide and to give Grace her mother's letters. Grace's mother has a lot of surprises for her daughter and Grace starts to wonder how well she really knew her mother. Fortunately Alasdair is handsome and they're getting along well, very well even. Will Grace embrace her mother's inheritance and what will her future look like now that she's learned more about the past?

The Wedding Cake Tree is a fantastic book about a great topic. Grace has to travel to the places that were important in her mother's past. The idea behind is to get to know her mother, but also to get to know herself. Alasdair is great company, but he's also troubled. He needs the trip and some time to relax as his job is really hard. Grace and Alasdair are good for each other and I hoped they would have a future together. Grace also needs to face some facts about her own life and her mother's crazy plan maybe isn't the best way to do it, but it's certainly effective. The crazy trip, the chemistry between Grace and Alasdair and plenty of unexpected twists and turns make this book a joy to read. I liked it a lot and highly recommend it.


  1. Thanks, Suze, this sounds right up my street. ;-)

  2. Wow. Sounds really good. Thanks for the review. :)


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