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Friendship Bread Book Review

 Title: Friendship Bread
Author: Darien gee
Publisher: Ballantine Books 
Published: April 5, 2011
ISBN: 978-0345525345

Summary: "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."

This a very touching book.  It will definitely make you appreciate those in your life that make a difference.   It really made me miss my friends that live in CA.  It reminds you to realize the great things you do have instead of looking at what you don't.

I want to make some Friendship Bread starter but don't know what to do with the leftovers!!  You can find damn near MILLIONS of recipes and variations for the recipe.  Start your search at Friendship Bread Kitchen  That will give you all the info you need.  I think this book would be a perfect Mother's Day gift.   

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