Set in Highlands, Cassandra King’s anticipated new novel, “Moonrise,” hits the stores on September 3. Prior to the publicity tour, Old Edwards Inn and Spa is hosting a preview with the celebrated southern author at The Farm at Old Edwards from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Monday, August 26. The bestselling novelist wrote her newest book while renting a house in the mountain resort town of Highlands, with her husband Pat Conroy. During the afternoon with Cassandra, her guests will learn how the setting of Highlands, and the homes that she has stayed in, became the inspiration for a new novel.
Attendees will get a signed first-edition copy of the author’s anticipated fifth novel and hear her inspiration for it. Against the rustic and magical backdrop of The Farm, they will enjoy a luncheon and Q&A with Cassandra, sample and take home a recipe from the book, and learn how Cassandra created her “Moonrise Garden.”
Cassandra is the bestselling author of four novels, “Making Waves,” “The Sunday Wife,” “The Same Sweet Girls,” and “Queen of Broken Hearts,” as well as numerous short stories, essays, and articles. A native of L. A. (Lower Alabama), Cassandra resides in Beaufort, South Carolina, with her author husband.
Attendees will spend an afternoon of literary magic with Cassandra King at The Farm while enjoying:
An introduction by Pat Conroy; A two-course luncheon that includes the goat cheese tart recipe from the book as part of the entrée, and a sorbet trio for dessert; Arrival champagne cocktail with Crème De Violet and lavender sprig, and cash bar for lunch; Recipe card for the goat-cheese tart and a discussion on how to create a simple Moonrise Garden; A signed First Edition copy of “Moonrise,” likely to become a collector’s item; Q&A with the author.
The Farm at Old Edwards provides a perfect backdrop for an afternoon with Cassandra King. Surrounded by lush landscaping and pristine North Carolina mountain forests, The Farm at the Old Edwards spans 33 acres and includes a rustic barn with pavilion, trout pond with bridge and fountain, and a three-bedroom farmhouse with full kitchen and wooden deck.
Tickets are $65 per person and include a personal first-edition copy of Moonrise. Space is limited. For tickets, call (828) 787-2625.
Helen Honeycutt is just getting her life back on track after a bitter divorce when she meets Emmet Justice, an attractive widower still grieving for his late wife, Rosalyn. Their sudden marriage sets off a maelstrom of resentment and ill-will among Rosalyn’s family and friends. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds plan a summer at Moonrise, Rosalyn’s historic estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Moonrise is known far and wide for its unique nocturnal gardens, which have fallen into ruin since the death of its mistress.
Like the heroine of Daphne DuMaurier’s classic romance, Rebecca, Helen becomes obsessed by her predecessor, who lives on in her house and gardens and the hearts of those who loved her. Not only does Helen fail to measure up to the beautiful and accomplished Rosalyn, she doesn’t fit into her own world, either, an elite enclave of well-to-do summer people. Even the gardens exclude her, since their secrets, passed down by generations of gardeners, died out with Rosalyn. When it becomes clear that someone in Rosalyn’s close-knit circle of friends is determined to drive her away, Helen wonders if she can trust anyone, even her husband. As the sweltering summer draws to an end, Helen must uncover the secrets of the past in order to establish her own identity apart from the woman she replaced.