Welcome to the Celebrations & Confetti at Cedarwood Lodge blog tour!
About the book
Part one in a feel-good romantic serial from bestselling author Rebecca Raisin!
Clio Winters is finally fulfilling her childhood dream of renovating the gorgeous old Cedarwood Lodge in Evergreen. Turning it into the perfect destination for big celebrations, weddings and parties has brought her back home, but Cedarwood Lodge is in need of a lot of tender loving care.
Perhaps all the work will be the perfect distraction from the real reason she had to leave her glamorous New York life behind.
Will coming home be the best decision of her life… or her biggest regret?
Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance told in three parts – following Clio Winters journey back to her hometown of Evergreen. This is Part One.
Guest Post: Top 10 things to do at Cedarwood Lodge
Writing about an old, warm, lodge appealed to me for many reasons, but mostly because I could picture the guests snuggling beside a crackling fire, reading a book and idly glancing outside to watch the snow fall. Maybe it’s that I wrote it when it was blustery and cold and I would have done anything to transport myself there! So here are the top 10 things you can do at lodge.
We hope to see you there soon…
- Being a bibliophile I’ll jump straight to it. There’s a huge library at the lodge. Huge. Make your way upstairs and turn left…It’s filled with books to cater for every whim. Old, new, pre-loved, never-loved and even lemon scented tomes for the book sniffers among us. Ring for Clio and ask for morning tea to be sent to you in the library and settle in for the duration.
- Once you’ve snuggled and read your fill of words for the day you might want to do something a little more active. Get your wet weather clothing on and prepare to trek up the mountains behind Cedarwood Lodge. First though, Georges will make you a picnic to take, because you’ll need to refuel once you’re up there. Spend time at the peak, munching on salmon blinis, while gazing at the town of Evergreen from its highest point.
- Ever wanted to do a dance class but didn’t have the nerve? No problem! Clio has a dance teacher on call who can whisk you off to the studio for a private dance lesson. (If you close your eyes you can pretend it’s Patrick Swayze!) Tango down the hallway to dinner…
- If dancing isn’t your thing, what about a life drawing class? Grab a sketch pad and pencil and meet in the art room! You may have hidden talents…And art is good for the soul.
- Staying with the family? How about family game night? Grab the Monopoly and choose a parlor to sit in. Cedarwood Lodge has games galore and charades in the gazebo if you’re keen!
- Want to be a culinary master but not quite sure where to start? Call Georges and book your spot! He holds a range of masterclasses from learning the art of canapes, to building the ultimate croquembouche to wow your own guests when you return home. Or for the budding mini chefs, how about a pizza making day? Get your chef whites on and meet in the kitchen!
- The lake, the glorious lake! Well, you’ve arrived over wintertime, and the lake is frozen solid, so grab those ice skates, and get moving! If you’re a little hesitant about swishing your way around the ice, then we have just the thing for you – meet by the chalets for a snowman building competition. Prizes for the most original!
- Has all this activity sapped your energy? What about a night in? Flick through our range of flicks, and call for some popcorn! Find a cushy seat in the theater room and settle in for a movie marathon.
- Discover! Cedarwood Lodge is on a huge estate, why don’t you rug up and see what you can find? On the east side of the lot is a secret…
- All good things must come to an end, isn’t that the saying? Your last day in Cedarwood Lodge is a sad one, you don’t want to leave. Why not fill up the bathtub with bubbles, and drink some champagne (It’s in the bar fridge for this very reason!). Outside stars twinkle goodbye…
Celebrations & Confetti is the first instalment in the Cedarwood Lodge series, focussing on the renovation of Cedarwood Lodge, introducing us to the characters and hosting its first function, the wedding anniversary party of Edgar and Imelda.
Clio Winters was a successful wedding planner in New York, having escaped the small town of Evergreen pursuing her dreams, until she gives the wrong advice to a bride she was so desperately trying to help. Unfortunately for Clio, she chose the wrong bride to help who is now dragging her name through the mud for all the publicity she can get!
Clio has taken a gamble on the derelict Cedarwood as she has a vision for it being a grand place for celebrations and holidays. There is a scene early on in the book where Clio describes her vision and its so wonderful that it actually gave me goosebumps and is the sort of place I’d like to escape to (I had the family resort location of Dirty Dancing in my mind as it has that whole 1960’s family holiday feel – massive Dirty Dancing fan!). Clio is reunited with her best friend Micah to help fulfil her vision and employs the lovely Izzy to sort out the grounds and the gorgeous Kai to project manage the renovations.
I loved all the characters but particularly Edgar and Imelda, who are still completely head over heels in love with each other after 50 years of marriage and the ideas that Clio has for their party are beautiful. Edgar and Imelda are so dedicated to one another but have had to work at it which leaves Clio wondering whether love will pass her by. This wonderful couple have advice for the characters in the book which we could all take away.
Raisin has written a novella that does finishes enough to ensure that break to part 2 is not disruptive to the overall narrative, but with enough unanswered questions to look forward to the next instalment, Brides & Bouquets which is out on the 24th November.
Celebrations & Confetti is such an easy and heartwarming read about love, hopes and dreams and I can’t wait for part 2 (and 3!).
About Rebecca Raisin
Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.
Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.