I am delighted to be involved with the weekend blitz for Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt and today I have a guest post from the author herself.
The Complexities of Cross-Country Cooking by Kate Hewitt
In Marry Me at Willoughby Close, the heroine Alice ends up making a lot of British comfort food for her employer, Lady Stokeley—nursery favourites such as toad in the hole, cottage pie, and others that Lady Stokeley hasn’t enjoyed since she was a child.
As a mum of five, I have become well versed in the importance of comfort food! Although I’m American, I learned to cook in the UK after I got married, and so the go-to comfort foods of my family tend to be British—my children’s favourite meals are roast dinner with Yorkshire puddings, chicken and ham pie, and toad in the hole.
However, despite having learned to cook in this fine country, there are many delicacies that have passed me by. Marmite, for example, I find atrocious, and so do my children. Jaffa cakes are not quite as perplexing, perhaps, but I don’t enjoy them, either. I don’t mind flapjacks, but my children really don’t see the point. If you’re going to eat the equivalent of a cookie, they say, it should have chocolate in it.
When we entertain guests, they are often somewhat bemused by my fusion of American and British cuisine. At dinner parties my husband and I always seem to forget which is American and which is British—coffee, then dessert, or dessert then coffee? Of course, it goes the other way too—British friends are baffled by our love of root beer (it tastes like mouthwash, they say), as well as peanut butter and jelly (a family staple), and are incredulous of American-sized portions.
All in all we’re neither one thing nor an another; both British and American friends find us to be an anomaly—something we’ve become used to! So, what is your comfort food of choice? I must admit, when I’m in need of comfort food, I go back to my roots. I prefer Kraft macaroni and cheese (and yes, it is bright orange) or a Philadelphia cheesesteak, something that is regional to my part of the US.
Let me know what your comfort food is in the comments!
Happy Reading (& Eating!),
Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…
Alice James has been a drifter her whole life, working her way through several foster homes before ending up in Wychwood-on-Lea, feeling anchorless and invisible. When a chance encounter leads to Alice accepting a position as a caretaker and companion to Lady Stokeley, she starts to feel as if she might finally be able to put down some roots and live the way other people do.
Then, Lady Stokeley’s nephew, city banker Henry Trent, storms into Willoughby Manor, seeming to find fault with everything, including Alice. As the next in line to the manor and title, he threatens to upturn everything she’s started to build. But Henry is hiding his own secret fears and weaknesses, ones he’s desperate for no one to discover. A surprising and inconvenient attraction that simmers between them leaves Alice feeling more confused than ever, and Henry torn between duty and desire, fear and love.
When circumstances become even more difficult, both Alice and Henry must decide who they really are, and what they are willing to fight for. Could Alice possibly the next Lady of Willoughby Manor?
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About the Author
Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of romance and women’s fiction.
An American ex-pat and former diehard New Yorker, she now lives in a market town in South Wales with her husband, five children, and overly affectionate Golden Retriever.