Hand out the silly hats! Sweet Wattle Creek is out tomorrow and you are invited to my virtual book launch 1930s High Tea.
Wednesday Wanderings with ARR authors.
Today, Kaye Dobbie – and her new release Sweet Wattle Creek.
(Giveaway now ended.)
I thought a High Tea was a good idea, because it’s the sort of thing that Belle, one of the main characters in my book, would love to organise. She comes from a rather posh background in Melbourne, but unknown to her the couple she always believed to be her parents aren’t. It’s 1931 and, arriving by train in the small town of Sweet Wattle Creek, she finds herself the owner of a old rundown hotel called The Grand, and a lot of unanswered questions.
For her High Tea Belle would be sure to get plenty of help from the other characters in the book, like Tilly and Gwen, two girls who have had it tough during the Depression. Tilly is the serious one, so she’d be handing out plates of cakes and finger sandwiches, while her sister Gwen would probably sneak a bit of sponge on the side, or dip her finger in the cream filling. And when Tilly scolds her, well Gwen will simply widen her eyes and swear she was innocent, just as she always does.
If they can afford it, Belle would prefer Earl Grey tea, to remind her of St Kilda. But these are Depression times, so she may just have to make do with the sweepings. Violet will be able to supply eggs and milk and butter, from her farm, although her husband Stan won’t be able to come. He was in the First World War and still suffers from the effects of mustard gas.
Michael can entertain the guests with stories of Charles Kingsford Smith, and his own adventures as a pilot. He might talk about how he wants an aeroplane of his own one day, so that he can fly above the clouds. Eadie and Mo will be seated together in the corner, on their best behaviour, with their little dog, Bucket, in their arms. Bucket will have a wistful look and Gwen might slip him a crumb or two.
Frank will send his apologies because he doesn’t like Michael, and although Jo would love to come, she’s not sure if she should because Frank wouldn’t want her too. And Aneas and Lyn might drop in, but only for a moment. Some of the guests will talk about Martha, and what it was like when she ran the Grand Hotel, but others will prefer to keep quiet.
Because there are secrets in Sweet Wattle Creek, and they’re buried deep, and everyone knows that Belle is here to dig them up. And not everybody is happy about that.
So thank you for coming to my virtual High Tea, all of you, but perhaps I should stop now and let you read the book! Giveaway details below…
A vintage wedding dress reveals family secrets she never knew…
The chance discovery of a vintage wedding dress weaves together the fascinating stories of three women from different eras: Sophie, in hiding from a troubled past; Belle, who must lose everything to learn what really matters; and Martha, forced to give up those she loves in order to avoid exposure.
It’s 1930 and Belle Bartholomew has arrived in rural Sweet Wattle Creek to claim her inheritance – a run-down grand hotel formerly owned by Martha Ambrose. Determined to solve the mystery of her birth and the reason why she was bequeathed the hotel Belle runs into difficulties with the townsfolk and their desire to keep their secrets safe.
Sixty years later Sophie Matheson is on a quest to find Belle and her family after discovering the wedding dress. The Sweet Wattle Creek Centenary brings more challenges when her past catches up and she must fight for all that matters to her. Who were Belle and Martha and what links their lives together?
Find out more about Kaye and her books on MEET KAYE DOBBIE
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(Open to Australian postal addressees. Winner drawn and notified Monday 21 September.)
Giveaway now ended. And the winner is: Jessy!
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