“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!
In the fifth installment of Hinton's Hope Springs series (after Christmas Cake), the town of Hope Springs, N.C., is abuzz over a round of weddings among the series cast of friends. In this flowery confection, pastor Charlotte Stewart is living n New Mexico, but having trouble committing to her new beau; working as director of a shelter for battered women, she fears she may fall prey to the same pitfalls as her clients. Meanwhile, back in Hope Springs, nosy friend Beatrice Witherspoon is busying herself trying to reunite her married-but-separated friends Jessie and James Jenkins. Bea's plans fizzle when she discovers that her daughter is secretly engaged and sending out invites. An unfortunately underserved plot line finds Louise Fisher, a lesbian, agreeing to marry the widower husband of the group's late member Margaret (who died in the last volume). Though at times brashly unsophisticated (old-fashioned recipes like clam dip and party mix fill space between chapters), Hinton's down-home charm carries the light, feel-good story with ease.