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Friendship Bread: A Novel Audible – Unabridged

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By Tonya Speelman VINE VOICE on March 4, 2011
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Maybe more recipes or more book... but like a bag passed day 10 of friendship bread, this book exploded with friendship and love. We have 5 main women that we visit throughout the book; I won't go into all the details. You will just HAVE to pick the book up and read for yourself. It is all woven together so beautifully that I was left speechless at the end, couldn't have asked for anything better. Now that is how it is supposed to be done!

What brings it all together? A bag of fermenting starter of amish friendship bread and recipes. If you will, it kind of serves like a glue or bonding agent as well. Anyone can take care of it for the 10 days, and it is easy to put together to bake and separate as well. Fun to give to others too!

I think the recipes I have seen sound delicious too!! What really entices me are the caramel ones! Who knew! When I went to my daughter's ortho appointment, I was telling them about the book, so I KNOW there are at least five more people picking it up.. hehehe

I just know you CAN'T miss out on this one! I know I couldn't have missed out on. I mean, who could miss out on friendships, baking and recipes included??? Enjoy and make sure you join the online community to share your recipes as well!!
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When I first saw this book, I passed it by because I thought it was going to be another Amish story that I see so many of lately. I've read a couple of those and like them, but I can't read too many of the same kind of book. This is not Amish at all, and even tells that Friendship Bread is only 30 years old and was started by Girl Scouts. So, it's a lot more modern than I thought it was.

The story is great - it tells the story of several different people living in a town called Avalon, Illinois. If you like Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series or Kate Jacob's Friday Night Knitting Club series, you will probably like this. At the end of the book it says the author is at work at her next Avalon novel, so it looks like this will be a series.

If you like to bake or read about baking, this will definitely appeal to you. The Friendship Bread makes it's rounds through the town and you'll read about everyone's experiences with it. There is a whole section of recipes in the back for making your own starter and lots of recipes you can make with it. There is a also website that is like a little Friendship Bread community and there is a Facebook page. I think both of these are a great idea to continue the community theme of the book.
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In friendship bread Darien Gee weaves a tale of mystery, intrigue, humor, infidelity, tragedy and how a bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter (dough) and a recipe bring a community, family and friends, old and new, together.

Not many books capture your heart and your attention so much so that you don't want to put it down. This is one of those books.. A moving emotionally charged novel that will have you crying, laughing and cheering right along with the each of the characters. There is never a dull moment as the author continues to introduce new characters throughout the book, all interwoven with small town life in the fictitious town called Avalon. A mysterious bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter is left on the door step of a grieving family, the instructions and recipe attached. The bread begins to make it's way into friends and neighbors homes and businesses, helping to introduce readers to the characters and their problems. Along the way new friendships are formed, old wounds healed and relationships restored..

Reading Friendship Bread is like taking a stroll down Blossom Street into the community created by Debbie MaComber in A Good Yarn (Blossom Street). I hope this is one of many books Darien Gee writes about this community as I look forward to visiting again and again.....
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This is a light-hearted read specially made for summer reading. This is the best book to take to the beach or the pool or even on vacation. While the premises sound heavy, it is not as it is a book about friendship and love and forgiveness.

Julia has her hands full. She barely has enough energy to take care of her five-year-old daughter Grace let alone bake bread after someone mysteriously left behind a starter for Amish Friendship bread. Julia has a falling-out with her younger sister Livvy, and she finds life tedious enough in the midst of her grief.

Hannah moves to this little town with her famous husband after traveling the world as a famous musican, only to have her husband dash back to Chicago as he finds himself working more. Then there's Madeline, an older lady who bought a house that was a former Bed & Breakfast and opened up a little Tea Salon, serving up mouth-watering goodies and tea to Avalon residents. Julia and Hannah were among her first customers and pretty soon, the three of them became close-knit friends.

When tragedy happens to a town nearby, these three women organized a relief organization and in helping others, they find peace for themselves and new direction in which their lives are to go in.

It is a very heart-warming story of friendship, love and forgiveness. While some of it is predictable, it is still a cozy read. Even better, there's recipes at the back of the book and if you're like me, you're going to try these recipes out!! There's nothing like fresh bread out of the oven and a delicious novel to read on a lovely spring day. This book fits the bill.

5/19/11
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