The Will of Wisteria

The Will of Wisteria ****

by Denise Hildreth Jones

I’m joining Jain at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite for the written word.

“Four headstrong siblings must satisfy their father’s dying demands–or risk losing his fortune. Let the clash of wills begin.

Charleston blue blood Clayton Wilcott ‘got religion’ late in life; so late, it turns out his kids never took to it. So he’s left a provisional will delivered in a highly unorthodox way.

Now they’re going to have to honor Daddy’s commandments from beyond the grave–for a full year–or be cut off from their substantial inheritances.

The scent of wisteria lingers in the air as the four spoiled Wilcotts battle for their birthright. Told in Denise Hildreth’s trademark blend of humor and heart, this Southern tale is about learning to love, learning to live, and learning to bend.”

I enjoyed this book~ set in one of my favorite places, Charleston, SC~ a weekend destination for us when we’re lucky enough to get away!

This is a story you can sink your teeth into literally and figuratively and there is plenty to tempt your taste buds among the pages. I was longing for a Lowcountry High visit, which I’m overdue for, taking in the scenery & history, where we graze our way across the Charleston Peninsula :)

You can visit Charleston in some of my previous posts: Charleston Whites, Charleston Green and Seeking Indigo.

I didn’t cook this book, since it would have been a poor substitution with my taste buds primed for a few favorite Charleston restaurants mentioned. . .

 Hominy Grill’s Fried Green Tomato BLT. . . Brunch at Poogan’s Porch enjoying Crabcake Benedict. . .Mussels & Frites for lunch at Rue de Jean and Seasonal Fine Dining for dinner at Tristan’s and FIG, where Food Is Good!

Instead of dining in downtown Charleston, I had to satisfy myself with the delicious fragrance of wisteria for this review. . .

Like wisteria, the Wilcott siblings grow wild and untamed, without direction from their inattentive father:

“…the wisteria Mr. Clayton loved so much still bloomed and gave off that sweet fragrance, like they were honoring his memory.”

“Even before Jeffrey’s birth his father had begun cultivating it, binding it on large stakes until eventually each woody stalk was able to stand on its own.”

“At the curve of the driveway she caught a glimpse of something expansive and purple and brilliant. Her father’s wisteria, its flowers draping like bunches of grapes.”

“All her life it had been there, growing, multiplying, blossoming with wild abandon, yet beautifully molded, and she had never really seen it before.”

“Little vines spread out from the tops of sculpted plants, connecting one plant to the next, encircling the driveway. Encircling her. Embracing her.”

“The purple of the wisteria mesmerized him. He studied the stubborn vine, amazed at how it had been pruned and woven in directions it would have never gone on its own.”

 “It was pliable, and because it could bend, it had become all the more beautiful.”

“A unique page-turner about the beauty of a place called Wisteria, the wild landscape of the human heart, and how sometimes it’s only the miracle of a human touch that can lead someone home again.”

~ River Jordan, author of The Messenger of Magnolia Street

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  18 comments for “The Will of Wisteria

  1. May 11, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Mary, beautiful wisteria…I knew I wouldn’t be able to find blooming wisteria, this time of year so opted out of this book review,,,I did however research this book a little and was intrigued by the story line…I will probably end up reading the book anyway. Such beautiful architecture and buildings, and restuarants in Charleston, and the menu’s were just delightful to read through. Simply Beautiful! x

  2. May 11, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Mary, this is beautiful. Wish we had a wisteria growing on our property. There is one across the way, but not blooming as yet. Fun to revisit Charleston and the Low Country with you again. I want to return to Charleston sometime specifically for the garden tours.
    I haven’t read this book. Never did get a copy, so I’ve no review to share. Will hope to join in for The Language of Flowers.
    Thanks for sharing this review. It’s exquisite as always.
    Have a terrific weekend. Happy Mother’s Day to you and your girls. ~ Sarah

  3. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    May 11, 2012 at 8:51 am

    When you do a book review..you make me want to rush out and buy the book…your presentation is flawless…the publishers should give you royalties!…Wisteria?….I call is Hysteria!!…Had it in a yard in one of my previous homes and my oh my..it is beautiful but has a mind of its own…

    Charleston is one of my all-time favorite places to be…I never tire of visiting that wonderful city..Never tire of seeing the same gorgeous homes.

    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your loved ones!

  4. May 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Gorgeous wisteria.. Ours bloomed in March this year. Love your book reviews.. Now i want to go to Charleston… xo marlis

  5. Pondside
    May 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Too, too beautiful!
    Our wisteria is still not in leaf – it will be the end of May before that happens up here where it’s that much cooler than in town. All summer long it will shade the porch and our bedroom – I love it.
    The book sounds very tempting – I enjoy getting a good recommendation.

  6. May 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Wisterias are joined in my mind with sitting in rocking chairs on the porch sipping sweet’nd iced tea on long, slow evenings… the sound of bees, the heat of the day’s sun releasing the aroma of the blossoms to be enjoyed as the lazy conversations floated around us… Ah….memories….

  7. May 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    You have reinforced my CRAVING to go to Charleston, soak in the atmosphere and EAT at all the wonderful restaurants. It is on my bucket list now: I have been wanting to go there for YEARS, literally. Hopefully I will make it. I sure do want to read this book, sounds like my kind of read. IF I ever get a chance to sit down with a book again:):) XO, Pinky

  8. May 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Mary….First of all I love wisteria and its beautiful fragrance. And your book review is wonderful. Now I want to read it. And the food and Charleston ….some of the best the South has to offer. Loved visiting there.

  9. May 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I love all things Charleston as I used to visit there every summer. I am a S.C. girl you know. I love your wisteria images. It is too vigorous a climber for me to have it however.

  10. May 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and beautiful review of my story. It always amazes me how different people take in stories differently. Thank you for letting me see it through your eyes.

  11. May 12, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Your wisteria photos are beautiful and I can almost smell their haunting fragrance through the computer screen. I adore seeing your wonderful photos of Charleston. It is such a fabulous place to visit. I haven’t read the book yet but your review is wonderful so I will put it on my list.
    I hope you have a great weekend.

  12. May 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    How did you get the dog drinking water? I’m laughing out loud over that one. Love things that make me happy.

  13. May 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    What could be more Southern than Charleston and the heavenly fragrance of wisteria. Now, you have me wanting to read the book. :)
    Thanks for a great book review. I also enjoyed your post on Charleston’s gardens. Gorgeous!

  14. indrani
    May 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Wisterias, one of the most beautiful flowers. Great to read the review.

  15. scorwin
    May 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I think of my Grandma Wickersham every time I see wisteria. It was all over her front porch and you looked out through those beautiful purple hanging blooms.

  16. May 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    We had wisteria in our yard at our previous house – so I’m prejudiced. It has the feeling of a wedding every May!

  17. A beach diary...
    May 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    That was so beautiful, so many fragrant shots! I loved seeing all your fft’s, you are terribly talented in so many ways. I will miss you…

  18. January 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Hey Mary,
    I work with Denise Hildreth Jones and was wanting to know if you have her two new books for review. If not, and you are interested you can contact me directly at Joan@reclaiminghearts.com and I can get Tyndale to send one out to you.
    Thanks
    Joan Berry

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