About the Book
Book: Let Them Eat Fruitcake
Author: Kathleen J. Robison
Genre: Christian Holiday Romance
Release date: October 11, 2022
Faith, romance, and fruitcake.
Victoria Randall has it all—a new job in an ideal locale and the eye of Chad, the hunkiest guy in her apartment building. Christmas is going to be great this year. But when a call from her best guy friend back in Bay Town tells her that her grandmother isn’t doing well, she decides to fly to Grandma’s rescue.
Art has loved Victoria since they were five, but after she returns and keeps him locked into total friend zone he decides to let his hopes go. Easier said than done when he spends so much time with her, making and delivering her grandmother’s fruitcakes. Add to that the legend of love surrounding them, and well… it’s tough.
A horrible accident puts things into perspective for both Art and Victoria, but Art decides it’s too late, and when some guy shows up acting like Victoria’s boyfriend, he’s sure of it. By the time she’s ready to head back to California, all hope of a romance between them seems lost—right up to the moment her grandmother thrusts a piece of fruitcake into her hands.
Are the matchmaking properties of Sally Trotman’s fruitcake their last chance at a happily-ever-after? Find out in Let Them Eat Fruitcake—a story of faith, romance, and of course, fruitcake.
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About the Author
Kathleen J. Robison is an Okinawan-American, born in Okinawa, and raised in California, Florida, Mississippi, and Singapore. Her travels and her family are the sources of her inspiration for her books. Kathleen and her Pastor husband have eight adult children. Seven are married, blessing them with eighteen grandchildren and counting. Her ethnically diverse background extends to her family of currently thirty-five personalities which provide many opportunities to share God’s amazing love amidst the challenges of real life.
More from Kathleen
Writing this book has been a treasured time, and I’m so excited it’s released. Joining Miz Sally again (from previous Bay Town Books) and meeting her granddaughter, Victoria and love interest, Art, was a delightful journey of love and faith at Christmas. I hope you’ll feel the magic (God’s spirit) as much as I felt moved by Him to write it.
Although totally fictional, it’s personal, and close to my heart. My mother-in-law has baked fruitcakes forever. I even remember her mother, from Wales, baking fruitcakes over fifty years ago, but I wasn’t a fan of the sweet bread then. And I don’t remember how the story idea came about, but when it did, I knew I wanted to bake with my mother-in-law, red-haired Harriet…well, white-haired now. But still as feisty as the reputation of redheads, and so very generous.
My mother-in-law turned ninety-eight on this book’s release date, and she is still baking fruitcakes. Dozens of loaves. She continues to live in her own home, cooks, cleans, and drives to pick up great-grandchildren after school. Needless to say, she’s amazing. Two years ago, when I decided to write Let Them Eat Fruitcake, the first thing I wanted to do was ask if I could bake with her. I didn’t have to. She called my husband and said, “Let me talk to Kathy.” We were both quite shocked, as she’d never asked to talk to me before. Although I share a close relationship with her, her phone calls are reserved for mother-son conversations.
“Kathy, I was thinking…I want you to come make fruitcakes with me. No one else is interested in it, and I’d like to pass it down to you.” I almost cried. It definitely was a God-winked moment, and I told her so. And we did. We’ve baked and passed out the luscious cakes for two years in a row. My own grandmother also made fruitcakes, but all my family says Harriet’s is the best. So, I look forward to baking again with her this Christmas. I wish I could pass on the recipe, but it’s a mega batch! If you go on my FB Author Page and/or my blog at www.kathleenjrobison.com/blog, there’s a video that shows what I mean. I pray that Let Them Eat Fruitcake blesses the readers and points them to following the Spirit of God moving in their lives. Whether it’s through fruitcake or anything else! I hope you enjoy this fun Christmas romance.
Author Interview with Kathleen
- If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
A lot! I never dreamed of writing back then, but I’d wished I would have read more. I read very little growing up, and I don’t remember my parents reading to me, but my father always had a book in his hands. The handful of books I read in high school left quite an impression. Wuthering Heights, Morte-de-Authur (Camelot), and Edgar Allen Poe (required).
2. What comes first, the plot or characters?
Almost always the characters. I love people and people watching. My heart bleeds if they appear sad, or hurt, and I wonder if they know Jesus. I often conjure up a story when I see an interesting personality, and sometimes it’s pretty farfetched! The plot flows from that.
3. Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
I’ve yet to find one! Although Collen Coble was the first Christian Romantic Suspense I read, and that left an impression. But I think Terri Blackstock comes close. She crafts a story so well, but I prefer deeper characters. I purpose to read Romantic Suspense hoping to hone my craft, but I tend to gravitate towards Women’s and Historical Fiction. Interestingly, when Chautona Having interviewed me, she commented that I although I wrote Romantic Suspense, I wrote strong elements of Women’s Fiction. I can name a lot of those authors that are my favorites!
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I enjoy sewing, all needle/yarn crafts, junk-journaling, gardening, baking and more, but haven’t had much time to pursue them since becoming an author. My family and writing come first. Well, God comes first! But I adore hanging with the fam 24-7. There’s nothing that brings me more joy than watching and playing with grandkids or having everyone together for family gatherings. But if I had more time, I would spend it writing. It’s also my favorite pastime.
- If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
Everyone wants to answer, Jesus right? Our savior aside, it would be my elderly Uncle in Okinawa. I have so much to ask him about WWII. I’d like him to fill in the questions I wished I’d asked when my mother was still alive and sharing her experiences with me. My uncle speaks no English, so I’d also need my 2nd cousin from Okinawa to join us as translator. She speaks perfect English. Cooking dinners is also a family event at our house, so I’d probably do a Taco bar with my son grilling and cooking all the meats, corn-on-the-cob, jalepeno cole-slaw, watermelon slices and my low-fat English Trifle (made w/ Greek yogurt and angel food cake instead of cream pudding and pound cake.)
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