With Bestselling Novelist Cassandra King
Monday August 26, 2013
11 am to 2 pm
The Farm at Old Edwards
Set in Highlands, North Carolina, Cassandra King’s anticipated new novel, Moonrise
, hits the stores on September 3. Before embarking on her publicity tour, Old Edwards Inn and Spa is hosting a preview party at The Farm at Old Edwards
You can be among the first to own the book and hear her inspiration for it. Against the rustic and magical backdrop of The Farm, enjoy a luncheon and Q&A with Cassandra, sample and take home a recipe from the book, and discuss how to create a simple “Moonrise Garden.”
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. Moonrise
, her fifth novel, is set in Highlands, North Carolina. A native of L. A. (Lower Alabama), Cassandra resides in Beaufort, South Carolina, with her author husband, Pat Conroy.
Read what Cassandra says about her inspiration for Moonrise.
Summers in Highlands will take on a new meaning for you after you’ve joined Cassandra King for this special one-time-only event. Immerse yourself in an afternoon of literary magic at The Farm
Tickets are $65 Per Person and include your personal First-Edition copy of Moonrise.
Space is limited. Purchase your tickets or table to what will be this season’s most talked about party in Highlands—the Moonrise Preview Party with bestselling novelist Cassandra King. Call 828-787-2625.
Please Note: If you are coming with a group of ten and want to be seated together, please state that at the time of reservation and purchase a table for your group. This is the only we can ensure that you will be seated with your party.
What the Critics are Saying about Cassandra King’s Moonrise
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
Introduction by Pat Conroy
Recipe card for the goat-cheese tart and a simple demonstration of how to create a Moonrise Garden
A signed First Edition copy of Moonrise, likely to become a collector's item
Q&A with the author
“Cassandra King is the Queen of Southern Storytelling.”
—The Post and Courier
"...King’s latest novel takes inspiration from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca
, keeping the best of the latter’s atmospheric tension without falling into melodramatic cliché...A suspenseful Gothic that gives a nod to its predecessors while still being fresh."
“Cassandra King writes with clarity and insight about the age-old and contentious subject of friends and lovers, and with love and lyricism about a beautiful slice of southern mountains. Moonrise is a fantastic, not-to-be-missed novel."
-- Anne River Siddons
, author of The House Next Door
"I read Moonrise in a single greedy gulp. Cassandra King uses three delightfully distinct voices to deliver an evocative setting—“Moonrise”, a house named after its moon gardens--a fabulous cast of characters, and a satisfying ghost story that is also a thoughtful examination of obsession, love, and the space where the two meet."
-- Meg Waite Clayton
, author of The Wednesday Sisters
and The Wednesday Daughters
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. (Publisher Maiden Lane Press, September 3, 2013)
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.
Purchase your ticket or table for the Moonrise Preview Party with author Cassandra King. Call 828-787-2625.
Where does the “Queen of Southern Storytelling” find literary inspiration?
Says Cassandra King, bestselling author of The Same Sweet Girls
and Queen of Broken Hearts
"As a child, I was a sucker for a good ghost story, but as my literary tastes expanded, I found very few books to satisfy that particular pleasure. With few exceptions, they were either insufficiently creepy, downright ridiculous, or way too predictable. Then I discovered Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier…. [It] remains one of my favorite books ever, an absolute masterpiece of suspense, intrigue, and character study."
Limned by the author’s lifelong love of du Maurier’s classic gothic novel, MOONRISE r
eminds us that the novels we admire in our youth resonate throughout our lives.
Imagine the imposing mansion Manderley tweaked and transported to today’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Call it Moonrise, a perfectly restored Victorian showplace. Cassandra King describes its splendor and natural setting so movingly you know you are in the hands of a passionate enthusiast for the region and its heritage.
“The idea for Moonrise
came from frequent stays in and around Highlands, North Carolina, a place of summer retreats and historic old homes hidden away in the misty mountains, where close bonds are forged among families and live on for generations. With the constant influx of tourists and summer people, it is not an easy place to become a part of.
A few years ago, Pat and I rented a dark old house there, and I wandered through the overgrown flower gardens behind the home until stumbling over a circle of stones, which marked the final resting place of the previous owner, the woman who had created the wildly beautiful, now sadly neglected gardens. The idea for a story was born. In it, I envisioned not only the woman laid to rest in her gardens but also the one who followed her, perhaps intending to restore the gardens to their former glory.
By happy accident, I had brought one of my favorite books with me that summer, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca
. It occurred to me that it might not have been the best choice when I found myself alone in the isolated old house for a few weeks. At night, I cowered on the stone porch and imagined the ghost of the previous owner wandering the garden paths. I looked for her in the shadows of dark corridors and imagined her standing at the foot of my bed, calling out to me. In my mind, and in that secret place writers go to weave our stories, I became the woman who had come into her house, her gardens, her life, which I heard later had ended tragically and much too young. Like the nameless narrator of Rebecca
, I didn’t belong there.
From that point on, I begin to fill in the characters, the setting, the circumstances of my own narrator’s life, writing feverishly late into the night. I had a lot of help. Unlike the diabolical Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper who helped out once a week was a warm, friendly mountain woman who supplied me with local color; a family friend obligingly provided me with a bit of a social life among some of the summer people. But the overriding inspiration during the writing of Moonrise
came from the pages of one of the most deliciously gothic romances of all time, Rebecca
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