Book Review: Friendship Bread by Darien Gee


Author: Darien Gee

Pages: 402

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Release Date: April 5, 2011

Genre: Women’s Fiction


Synopsis (from Amazon)

In the quiet community of Avalon, Illinois, Julia Evarts wonders how to move on with her life. Though her husband and five-year-old daughter give her an abundance of love, Julia still reels from a tragedy that has left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend. Meanwhile, across town, widow Madeleine Davis takes great pleasure in serving up delectable treats and cozy comforts at her tea salon—now, if only she had some customers to enjoy them. And famed concert cellist and recent Avalon transplant Hannah de Brisay finds herself at a crossroads when her career and marriage come to abrupt ends. The three strangers forge a friendship at Madeleine’s Tea Shop, and soon their camaraderie extends to everyone in Avalon in the guise of a unique and wonderful gift. But even as Julia becomes ever closer to her new friends, she realizes the profound necessity of confronting the painful past she shares with her sister.

Life and loss, friendship and community, food and family: Friendship Bread tells a spirited, remarkably moving tale about the triumph of hope.



From the start the tittle and cover of Friendship Bread let me know that it was my type of book.

Baking was a main theme of the book a long with the friendship of three women. Immediately I was drawn to how the idea of the friendship bread bonded people together.

Darien Gee is masterful in the craft of  writing different emotions and making you feel as if you have a slice of friendship bread in your hand.

I love how the friendship bread brings the people and community of Avalon together. It’s recipe helps mend broken relationships and teaches patience.

The themes of friendship as well as forgiveness are clearly found in this book. Just when you think that the friendship bread has run stale there are many angles surrounding the main them throughout the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to bake and anyone who loves good women’s fiction. Friendship Bread can be found on Amazon

Happy Reading and Writing,



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