Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Friendship Bread by Darian Gee

Friendship Bread: A Novel
Friendship Bread by Darian Gee


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.

My Take:  This was an enjoyable read that kept me reading and wanting to find out more about these women and the different events in their lives.  Who knew that just an offer of bread could forge friendships?  In today's fast pace world where people don't really get to know there neighbors this was a refreshing change of pace.  I would recommend that you pick up a copy and share it with a friend. 


  1. I liked this book too. It does seem different than neighborhoods are now. Most places no one even knows their neighbors and that is sad. I wanted be part of this town and be baking bread right along side the characters.

  2. Thanks for the lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

  3. This book is on my wishlist. I love books that focus on community like this. Thanks for the review.


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