Julia Evarts and her five-year-old daughter, Gracie, come home to find on the front porch: a homemade loaf of Amish Friendship Bread and a simple note: I hope you enjoy it. Along with it came a bag of starter, instructions on how to make the bread, and a request to share it with others.
Still stung by personal tragedy 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. Madeline Davis is laboring to keep her tea salon going while Hannah Wang de Brisay, a famed concert cellist, dealing with her career and marriage both of which are abruptly changing. 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.
I felt extremely lucky to be chosen to read an early copy of this amazing book. I find Darien Gee to be a masterful storyteller. She takes a group of people and makes them real and makes us care and love them. She weaves together lives in a heartfelt way. I love the prologue, Leon is an amazing character and shows how one person can touch the lives of so many and never ask for anything in return. I love Madeline, Livvy and Julia, Hannah and they did not even realize what they needed until they found it. One of the best characters in the book is little Gracie. I love the way she looks at the world. Loss and regret is something she has always known. Leon's simple gift of Amish Friendship bread for a family that had known so much sadness was not just the event that brought them all together but the bind that held them together so they could find love and friendship again.
Friendship Bread is a wonderful book that will have you laughing and crying. It is simply beautiful.
The recipes in the back were added bonus. Amish Friendship Bread is fun and tasty. I was even able to adapted the recipe and make gluten free Amish Friendship Bread.
I recommend this book to everyone. Those in love, out of love, hurting, grieving. This is one of those books that will touch your heart.
If you would like to read more by this auther she also writes under the name Mia King.
Where to buy: http://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/pantry/buy-the-book
Learn More: http://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/
See her other books: http://www.miaking.com/
16PK @ Knee Deep in Grace said...
I left a comment on your Room: A Novel Review. Quite a stretch from Darien's Friendship Bread, but it sounds interesting.
June 7, 2011 7:00 PM
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