Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Friendship Bread By Darien Gee Review and Giveaway-Closed

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.
My Thoughts:
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.
    Continued blessings,
    June 7, 2011 7:00 PM  

The winner has been contacted. Thanks to everyone for entering.

Now the fun part as I said I was lucky to get an early copy of this and along with the Book Darien Gee sent an Audio Copy of the book and I would like for someone to get this Audio Book so they can enjoy this book as well. If you would like to win this Audio Book you can enter by leaving comments below.You have a few ways to enter.
1.) Head over to The Friendship bread kitchen and tell me what recipe you would try if you has some starter. http://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/  
2.) Like Darian Gee on Facebook and if you like you can tell her Robin Blankenship @ Bee's Knees Reviews sent you. She is a great lady.
3.) Become a Google Friend Connect Follower of Bee's Knees Reviews.
4.) Check out one of the other reviews on the site.

Post each entry in a separate comment and be sure to leave me an email so I can contact you at if you win and on June 14th at 8 PM EST, the giveaway will close and I will choose a winner via random.org. Thanks for reading and good luck.

Robin B.


Vanilla Caramel Latte Bread???? Sounds yummy!
sharonwilliams73 @ gmail.com

I just liked Darien Gee on FB and gave you credit. Sharon

I tried to enter another contest to win this book, but none of them worked/wouldn't post.
Hopefully this one works because I'd love to have this book and pass it on to my daughter with a starter. Friendship bread is the first from-scratch recipe we baked together, and it would mean so much to me to be able to give it to her.
I have no idea how to link, etc. my email is lisassecond@yahoo.com

I found the link to this contest on facebook.
I have no idea why it's so hard for me to figure this out-usually I'm so knowledgeable with computer stuff. Lisa: lisassecond@yahoo.com

I 'like' & follow Darian Gee!

Tomorrow is baking day (glad the temp will be much lower then today)!
I'm gonna try a few different recipes...Almond Joy and one of the cranberry or orange varieties...can't decide (maybe do a combo)...I'll have 4more starters tomorrow! :-)

I truly love Amish Bread. I had a starter a few years ago and baked it for Christmas for my church family. I got many comments on how wonderful the bread is. I really need to get another starter and start making it again.

I truly love Amish Bread. I had a starter a few years ago and baked it for Christmas for my church family. I got many comments on how wonderful the bread is. I really need to get another starter and start making it again.

I follow on GFC

littleone AT shaw DoT ca

Like Darien Gee on FB

littleone AT shaw DoT ca

Chocolate Turtle Amish Friendship Bread sounds good!

littleone AT shaw DOt ca

I would love to get this book! I love Amish Bread. My daughter (10 yrs old) and I love to cook this together, however, due to family problems, had to let my starter go, would love to get another one. also, vanilla caramel latte bread??? holy cow, I want that recipe, too. Patty / psellers1031@yahoo.com

Checked out your review of "Room" and left a comment.

littleone AT shaw DOT ca

I would like to try baking Chocolate Almond Joy AFB, yes, I would!



I already like Darian Gee & The Friendship Bread Kitchen on facebook!

Bless you,


I am following Bee's Knees Reviews via GFC and NetworkedBlogs - because every little bit helps. =)



I left a comment on your Room: A Novel Review. Quite a stretch from Darien's Friendship Bread, but it sounds interesting.

Continued blessings,


Robin, great review and giveaway! Don't enter me I just wanted to tell you Hi and stopped in to read the review. I already have a copy! xoxox Susie

I would be honored and blessed to win a copy. I have just become a foster parent and would love share what I learned from this book w/my foster kids as well as my own kids. My email address is: freshcb@hotmail.com
Thank you for a chance to win.


Would love to try the Caramel Latte Bread. Love caramel, so this sounds right up my alley :)

Hi Robin are you on Pinterest? We posted your review there, too! http://pinterest.com/fbkitchen/ Thanks you, FBKitchen

I love all of the recipes that I have tried and there have been many. I would like to win this Auto Book to share with our local Nursing Homes. I have taken friendship bread that I made to them and the Ladies love the treat. What fun it would be to share this book with them.

I would love to read this book and most important would take pleasure in sharing the friendship loaf with my granddaughter Joesi she is 10yrs old and loves to bake...
dianne vega

Chocolate chip cherry.......yum

1. Vanilla Caramel Latte Bread is making my mouth water! Yummy!

nicnac63 at hotmail dot com

2. I liked Darian Gee on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/CEHartAuthor)

nicnac63 at hotmail dot com

3. I am a new GFC follower (C.E. Hart)

4. I read (and commented on) your review of The Chocolate Diaries. It sounds like a great inspirational read. :)

Nicnac63 at hotmail dot com

Thanks for the great contest. I've wanted to read Friendship Bread since I first saw it on Goodreads. :)

I'd love to try the Bananas Foster Amish Friendship Bread !

Wow! This books looks super adorable!
Btw..I'm a new follower =)


I would love to try the Pecan Amish Friendship Bread.

I like Darien Gee on FB and left her a message on her wall.


I follow you on GFC.

GFC: Michelle G

I contacted you, Robin, via email. I am so seriously excited to win this book! Thank you!

May blessings be heaped back on you and yours...


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