“Hinton’s down-home charm carries the light, feel-good story with ease.”
First came Friendship Cake, then Christmas Cake, and now Wedding Cake—another delightful chapter in the ongoing story of the ladies of Hope Springs, North Carolina, who, after a difficult year, are banding together to find the perfect husband for a dear friend. Author Lynne Hinton has cooked up a wonderful confection that fans of Jan Karon, Fannie Flagg, and Kaye Gibbons will want to devour. Wedding Cake is comforting, warm, and satisfying—and it comes with delicious recipes, too!
About the Author
A retreat leader and writing teacher, Lynne Hinton is the author of numerous novels including Pie Town, Wedding Cake, Christmas Cake, Friendship Cake, Hope Springs, and Forever Friends. She also writes a mystery series under the name Jackie Lynn. She lives in New Mexico.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I happened to run across the book while shopping and since I'm an avid baker, thought it was a book of cake recipes. To my surprise, that was not the case. I read the back cover and brought it home. I got hooked. I couldn't put it down. It was an emotional rollercoaster (can't believe I just wrote that). It showed how fragile we can be, the depths of our pains and sorrows, but also how love conquers all. I saw one of my friends in each of these women and can't help but wonder if it's just me, or if there are little cliques like mine all around the world. LOL! Loved this book! Now I have to buy the four books that preceeded it. Sidenote: Loved the fact that part of the story takes place in New Mexico
Though they recently seen her (see Christmas Cake), the ladies of Hope Springs, North Carolina miss their former pastor and close friend Charlotte Stewart since she moved to New Mexico to run a battered women's shelter. Charlotte has doubts about committing to her boyfriend because she fears she will end up just like the women who stay here; likewise she misses her Tar Heel buddies. Meanwhile in North Carolina, Jessie and James Wilkins instead of renewing their vows have separated. Busybody Beatrice Witherspoon tries to intervene though she changes her objective when she learns her daughter is engaged and serendipitously sending out invites. Finally, lesbian Louise Fisher accepts a wedding proposal from the widower of recently deceased best BFF Margaret. The fifth Hope Springs Ladies cake series (see The Friendship Cake) is an engaging celebration of friendship and camaraderie although it lacks the tear jerker poignancy of the last tale (see Christmas Cake). The story line is character driven with a charming throwback feel to a less complicated time. Although perhaps too fluffy, fans will not care as we celebrate the latest slice of hope springs eternal life filled with best buddies and recipes. Harriet Klausner