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Friday, January 28, 2011

Friendship Bread: A Novel by Darien Gee

Friendship Bread:  A Novel
Darien Gee
Publication Date:  April 2011
Publisher:  Ballantine Books

Donated By:  Lori (Lori's Reading Corner)

An anonymous gift sends a woman on a journey she never could have anticipated.

One afternoon, Julia Evarts and her five-year-old daughter, Gracie, arrive home to find an unexpected gift on the front porch: a homemade loaf of Amish Friendship Bread and a simple note: I hope you enjoy it. Also included are a bag of starter, instructions on how to make the bread herself, and a request to share it with others.

Still reeling from a personal tragedy that left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend, Julia remains at a loss as to how to move on with her life. She’d just as soon toss the anonymous gift, but to make Gracie happy, she agrees to bake the bread.

When Julia meets two newcomers to the small town of Avalon, Illinois, she sparks a connection by offering them her extra bread starter. Widow Madeline Davis is laboring to keep her tea salon afloat while Hannah Wang de Brisay, a famed concert cellist, is at a crossroads, her career and marriage having come to an abrupt end. In the warm kitchen of Madeline’s tea salon, the three women forge a friendship that will change their lives forever.

In no time, everyone in Avalon is baking Amish Friendship Bread. But even as the town unites for a benevolent cause and Julia becomes ever closer to her new friends, she realizes the profound necessity of confronting the painful past she shares with her sister.

About life and loss, friendship and community, food and family, Friendship Bread tells the uplifting story of what endures when even the unthinkable happens.


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Kathy (mommysreading) said...

This one sounds wonderful too. Please sign me up.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

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Kritter said...

I would love to read this one.

Kristin Durham, kdurham2@gmail.com, Kritters Ramblings, VA

ham1299 said...

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Hope said...

This is sounds delightful!

Hope, hopedavis (at) gmail (dot) com, A Little Hope...Amidst the Chaos, AL

ham1299 said...

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