Friendship Bread

Friendship Bread

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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. "From the Hardcover edition."
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 129.54 x 149.86 x 30.48mm | 249.47g
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0307914429
  • 9780307914422
  • 1,887,652

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"As comforting, warm and delicious as a slice of freshly-baked friendship bread."-- Jane Green, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Promises to Keep"

"The wonderful characters in "Friendship Bread" face life-changing adversity of the sort that either brings us down or transforms us into better people. Darien Gee has a writer's heart and a baker's sense of mixing it all just right. The result is a book you will read over and over."--Nancy Pickard, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Scent of Rain and Lightning"
"""Friendship Bread" is a vivid, tender portrait of friends, a window into the intricacies of friendship itself. Darien Gee writes with great warmth and wisdom, with deep i
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About Darien Gee

Darien Gee divides her time between Hawaii and the West Coast. She lives with her husband and their three children. Her next novel set in Avalon will be available in 2012. "From the Hardcover edition."
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6,704 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 23% (1,523)
4 40% (2,658)
3 29% (1,971)
2 6% (434)
1 2% (118)

Our customer reviews

I admit that I'm biased. I've read Darien Gee's earlier works (those that she'd written under her pen name Mia King) and I'd thoroughly enjoyed them. Darien creates characters that draw you in - the women are genuinely interesting, good people often caught up in highly competitive or politicized worlds. In Friendship Bread, Darien has several very different women lead characters that converge in this cafe and somehow become friends. They're linked together through "friendship bread" - somehow the story combines baking, friendship, self discovery, and solidarity. It's hard to describe just how everything comes together so well. Each of the characters are very different. There's a beautiful and world class musician who is devoted to her craft who relocates to the area. She discovers this bakery - run by a warm and generous older woman. The baker/entrepreneur opened the bakeshop recently - she too is a transplant to the neighborhood - and it represents a new beginning for her as well. And the third friend - somehow makes the circle complete. I read Friendship Bread straight in one sitting because I had to know what was happening to these women that I'd come to care about. It's a book that I plan to share with family and friends. Highly recommended!show more
by Gaby @ Starting Fresh
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