Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wedding Bells in Cranberry Cove?

By Hennie VanVelsen
From Peg Cochran’s Cranberry Cove series

I am very particular about how Gumdrops is kept.  Gerda—that’s my identical twin sister—and I make sure we’ve swept the floor and dusted the shelves every night before we go home to our pot of erwtensoep—split pea soup—that’s simmering on the stove.

“Gerda, do be careful on that stepladder,” I shouted as my sister strained to reach a top shelf to straighten some jars of root beer barrels. 

Sometimes I get a little impatient with Gerda and I don’t mean to, but despite looking exactly alike, we are slightly different, you see.  Gerda is much more given to worrying and fretting and indecision than I am.

“I’m fine,” Gerda said, stepping down off the ladder.  “Where is Midnight?”

Midnight is our cat.  She’s black from the tip of her nose to the tip of her tail.  She keeps the shop free of mice during the day and sleeps soundly on Gerda’s bed at night.

Gerda stood by the window looking out onto Beach Hollow Road.  She turned to me with a smile on her face.

“I see Greg is closing up Book ‘Em for the night and Monica is with him.  I wonder if they are going out to dinner?  I smell a romance.”

I snorted in a rather unladylike fashion.  “Romance?  It’s been going on right under your nose for months now.”

Gerda turned to me with a surprised expression on her face.  “Really?”

I nodded.  “I wouldn’t be surprised if they got married soon.”

“Wouldn’t that be lovely?’’ Gerda clasped her hands to her chest.  “A wedding at Sassamanash Farms!”

“That would be lovely,” I agreed, picturing the scene—a tent out by the cranberry bogs.  Maybe in spring when the bogs are carpeted with delicate pink flowers waving in the breeze.  “It’s the perfect spot for a wedding.”

Don’t you agree?  Neither Gerda nor I ever married, but I love weddings outdoors under tents—simple and unpretentious.

How about you?  What would be your favorite spot for a wedding? 

Does Greg finally propose to Monica?  You’ll find out in 
Dead and Berried coming in May!


  1. Great title! I love that cover! I hope he proposes!

  2. I think a lovely place to marry would be in a small Historic church or chapel, with only family and a few close friends.

  3. Oh wow!!!! I never thought about Greg and Monica getting married. I think I'm a little excited!

    A beach wedding at sunset sounds pretty cool. But I really like that idea Hennie has put into my head, about a wedding at Sassamanash Farms.

    I'm looking forward to the book.

  4. I love a wedding! I've been to some lovely outdoor weddings. One was on a farm by a pretty pond. The groom and all the groomsmen all wore white cowboy shirts, well fitted jeans, and cowboy boots... my 84 year old aunt is STILL talking about those cowboys! She sure makes me giggle! ;)
    I went to a wedding at an art museum in the evening. That was so cool.
    Kim's idea of a beach at sunset sounds so pretty! I am in Missouri so it also seems like a fun destination wedding idea! -Heather

  5. I really enjoyed Berry the Hatchet, which I bought at Barnes and Noble after Christmas. They had the first in the series but I thought I'd get the second one because I liked the cover better! Hadn't read one of your books in a while. I will be getting another one of your books (No Farm, No Foul) soon from a bargain books catalog.

  6. We have a special wild beach called Seascape beach. Its expansive and has white sand. It has a bluff overlooking the bay and If anyone marries me again (big if over 60!) I have always wanted to get married there and have photos taken down in the water. They even have a neighboring resort that sets up on the beach for receptions. ! I adore this series and cannot wait to read of their marriage on the farm, it would be perfect cozy bliss for this reader.