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4.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 5 4.11 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Darien Gee Narrator: Nancy Linari Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780307914439
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Friendship Bread is a poignant, utterly compelling read. Darien Gee has deftly created a small town so endearing, you won’t want to leave. Friendship Bread is a novel you won’t soon forget. Patricia Wood, national bestselling author of Lottery

    “Friendship Bread is a heartwarming novel that celebrates small town life, good friends, and the healing power of bread. Like the bread of the title, read this then pass it on to someone you love!
  • 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 insight into her characters. She is a wonderful writer. Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Geometry of Sisters
  • “A heartwarming novel that celebrates small town life, good friends, and the healing power of bread. Like the bread of the title, read this then pass it on to someone you love!”

    Ann Hood, national bestselling author of The Red Thread

  • “A vivid, tender portrait of friends, a window into the intricacies of friendship itself. Darien Gee writes with great warmth and wisdom, with deep insight into her characters. She is a wonderful writer.”

    Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Geometry of Sisters

  • “A satisfying first novel by Gee; perfect for the book-club circuit and beyond.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • The novel traces the effect of the friendship bread on a small town, jumping from neighbor to neighbor, but focuses on a small group of women whose lives need mending…Gee admirably weaves the various lives together…and demonstrates that simple companionship is a powerful balm…A satisfying first novel by Gee; perfect for the book-club circuit and beyond. Kirkus
  • This entertaining series debut by Gee (who also writes as Mia King) will appeal to fans of tearjerkers like Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden or novels dealing with the loss of a family member, such as Lolly Winston’s Good Grief. It’s also ideal for book clubs and readers who like stories about small-town life; it expertly weaves together numerous characters and narratives and even includes recipes and directions for making friendship bread. Library Journal
  • Deliciously entertaining! You'll root all the way as these characters stumble toward forgiveness, understanding, and, ultimately, celebration. A perfect book club selection, Friendship Bread is a treat worth sharing with all the women in your life. Kate Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club
     
  • 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
  • As comforting, warm and delicious as a slice of freshly-baked friendship bread. Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of Promises to Keep

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Radespiel | 2/17/2014

    " I loved it. Great story recipes and inspriation to bake nit that I need alot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lexie | 2/14/2014

    " Very cute story (although sad at times). I am planning on making some Friendship Bread this weekend! Loved the additional recipes in the back of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 2/2/2014

    " I have received an Amish Friendship bread starter and can completely relate to those that flatly turn them down. Yes the bread is tasty, but fitting in my pants is sometimes more desirable. This novel is about the unexpected impact that receiving a thoughtful gift had on a group of women and a community. Inspired me, reminded me of the importance of family relationships and not holding onto grudges, and to look for those opportunities to serve and make someone else's day brighter "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tini | 1/26/2014

    " Chick lit at it's best. Just enough sugar, just enough spice. I enjoyed this far more than the Friday Night Knitters, the last chick lit I read. I'd recommend this to just about any female I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/24/2014

    " really sweet story. The bread is good, too :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 1/9/2014

    " A great story that had me laughing and crying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra Goodwin | 1/3/2014

    " I read quite a few murder mysteries and every once in a while I just need a "feel good" book--and this books fits the bill nicely. I like books where everyone comes together and united for a common cause. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 1/1/2014

    " Yes it was total Chick Lit - but I liked it alot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 12/15/2013

    " What a precious book! Had me laughing at times and shedding a tear at others. Made me stop and think about things that are truly important. Looking forward to reading more by this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Giulia Nesci | 12/13/2013

    " One of the slowest books I've ever read. Couldn't finish it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 12/1/2013

    " I liked this book alot. It is charming and the characters seem real. I loved how the story started and finished up. I would recommend this book, it is heartwarming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 11/12/2013

    " A sweet story with good moral value. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Washburn | 5/28/2013

    " what a great book. wonderful story. glade ms. gee will be writing further books about the different people in the book. there were a couple of questions about some of the people in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ami | 4/4/2013

    " The best words that describe this book are: Simple, yet satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Baas | 2/4/2013

    " I thought this was a great book. I loved the stories of friendship, trouble, death, life, and helping others. I will probably try the recipe in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 1/24/2013

    " I thought the book was really good. I would recommend this book to anyone to read. It's about friendship and tragedy. It makes us realize that know matter how tough things get. It makes us realize how important family is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 12/26/2012

    " Read this awhile ago, but somehow missed tracking and reviewing it. Liked it well enough to read the next book (The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society)by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joolin | 10/14/2012

    " A book that I was sad to see end. It was heartwarming and witty. A book that evoked all the right emotions to keep me very involved and reflect on various things in my own life. A great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianna | 3/24/2012

    " A sweet, engaging story. Books like this can be sappy, but this one somehow avoided that trap. I'm looking forward to the next installment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/10/2012

    " Kind of painful starting out, but definately healing over all. The next time I get a bag of bread starter, I won't be so bugged /scared. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendi | 12/2/2011

    " This was really enjoyable...and it's making me want to make some Friendship Bread again! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 10/17/2011

    " A wonderful book! Easily read in 2 days, loved the individual stories of each woman as well as how they came together to help eachother heal and start life over again. Would recommend to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 6/30/2011

    " I loved this book. I loved the community spirit and the relationship of the characters. Being a baker, I loved all the baking and was glad to see all the recipes at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taneshan | 6/27/2011

    " Great "feel good" read of women's fiction about 3 women, bread, and how it can bring a whole town together for a cause. Perfect summer/beach read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 6/22/2011

    " Wow, what a great summer read! Chick lit for sure, but so good, sweet for sure, but not too! Just perfect. recommend, especially if you are a foodie. I just loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 6/19/2011

    " Loved it. Can't say it's shocking or unpredictable but it's a good story well-told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merry | 6/19/2011

    " sweet sweet story, if only every town was like that! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 6/19/2011

    " Loved the book...great story about the power of friendships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 6/14/2011

    " Just into it a few chapters, but it's a page turner. Not the samo - complex characters, I'm really liking this... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni | 6/11/2011

    " Loved it , story , friendship and wordsmithing ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimmie | 6/11/2011

    " This was a great read but Julia and Livvy's relationship broke my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/10/2011

    " There were several stories linked with the wonderful friendship bread saga. I thought it was touching and funny. I give it a thumbs up (but I don't want any bread starter). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleenmcmullan | 6/10/2011

    " Would have given it 3.5. Easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 6/9/2011

    " This was a really good book. I listened to it in the car, and sometimes I didn't want to get out of the car. This book also made me want to make some Amish Friendship bread. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs | 6/7/2011

    " it was a feel good story......i liked it very much "

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About the Author
Author Darien GeeDarien 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.
About the Narrator

Nancy Linari is an actress known for The Social Network, Civilization V, and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.