Thanks to everyone for being a bit patient and waiting for this somewhat late Round-Up post.
From bestselling author Mary Ellen Taylor comes a story about profound loss, hard truths, and an overgrown greenhouse full of old secrets.
Adrift in the wake of her father’s death, a failed marriage, and multiple miscarriages, Libby McKenzie feels truly alone. Though her new life as a wedding photographer provides a semblance of purpose, it’s also a distraction from her profound pain.
When asked to photograph a wedding at the historic Woodmont estate, Libby meets the owner, Elaine Grant. Hoping to open Woodmont to the public, Elaine has employed young widower Colton Reese to help restore the grounds and asks Libby to photograph the process. Libby is immediately drawn to the old greenhouse shrouded in honeysuckle vines.
As Libby forms relationships and explores the overgrown—yet hauntingly beautiful—Woodmont estate, she finds the emotional courage to sort through her father’s office. There she discovers a letter that changes everything she knows about her parents, herself, and the estate. Beneath the vines of the old greenhouse lie generations of secrets, and it’s up to Libby to tend to the fruits born of long-buried seeds.
April and especially May just totally got away from me and June is starting out jam-packed. So, without further adieu, let's get to the delicious posts:
Culinary Adventures with Camilla is always first to post. Cam "was so intrigued by the dynamics in the moonshine timeline, including bribing the Sheriff to keep their business going during Prohibition." She also found the old Southern tradition of burying moonshine in a graveyard for good wedding-day-luck humorous. She whipped up a delicious Buttermilk Vanilla Cake with Honeysuckle Buttercream. (Please check out this recipe and how she steeped dried honeysuckle blossoms.)
The very first food mention was, I believe on page 42 (Kindle version), biscuits stuffed with Virginia ham. That was, in the end, my choice to do a riff on. My own Scotch Irish ancestors also settled in the Virginia area and, coincidentally, this is a very traditional recipe in that region of our country. I posted the Scottish original version a few years ago - Aberdeen Butteries - made with yeast, and remembered how delicious they were. So now we have the Southern incarnation, in biscuits. Mine reverts to bacon, as I cure it myself, so there's more of a connection in that homemade aspect, as well as deriving from the Scotch original.
post last year with her novel Winter Cottage. Both novels are centered around a mansion, whose walls know secrets that the reader learns as chapter follows chapter and the story moves back and forth between present and past."
I may be picking up that book next.
Let's end our round-up today with a couple of beverages.