An anonymous gift sends a woman on a journey she never could have anticipated.
This is a wonderful book about life, death, friendship food and family, most of all community. It's an uplifting story where three women come together offering support for each other. A book just as good as the bread that keeps on sharing.
The entire idea behind the bread itself was the reason I read the book. It's always intriguing to think something as simple as bread and dough starter can cause a rippling effect everywhere. It starts with the three women and soon enough the entire town is baking and marveling at the healing process it brings along the way. A true heartwarming read. The characters are believable and the setting is perfect, it just has a wonderful flow about it. I've read it twice unable to put it down and will enjoy it again soon enough.
A little about the book-
__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.
I'll be sharing both Friendship Bread, book and bread with friends as I know they will enjoy it. You can pick up a copy from Amazon.com here for $10.20. There's a Kindle version for $11.99 For those that are after the recipe, you'll have to read the book to get that! :) You'll enjoy it.
Friendship Bread by Darien Gee
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
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