Monday, May 23, 2011

Friendship Bread by Darien Gee

We all have struggles and the ones I found in this small, fictitious rivertown of Avalon, Illinois can hit close to home.  This book has many characters which are introduced slowly enough to know each one by the end of the book.
Usually not my genre, but I continued on and it was worth reading.

Here is a message from the author Darien Gee on this debut novel.
Like many small communities, Avalon is a place where families gather to share a meal and where neighbors are quick to come to one another’s aid. Visitors are charmed by the quiet simplicity of Avalon, of the scent of fresh-baked goods wafting from Madeline’s Tea Salon, of the sweet bungalow homes that line the shady streets.

But behind every closed door is a story, and on a sunny afternoon in March, my protagonist’s story begins. For five years Julia Evarts has carried a grief that threatens to tear her family apart. She’s going through the motions of life when her young daughter discovers the equivalent of a culinary chain letter sitting on their front porch: a plate of Amish Friendship Bread along with a bag of starter and an anonymous note that says “I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT.”

They’re instructed to feed the starter over a ten-day period and then bake two loaves of bread and share the remaining starter with three other people. As the bread and its starter make their way through Julia’s small town, including into the home of her estranged sister, the residents of Avalon, Illinois, find their lives--and hearts--opening in ways both poignant and unexpected.

1 comment:

  1. I really want to read this! I love Darren Gee's other alias, Mia King, her books are fab as well!