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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,535 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:
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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

  • “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
  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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