By Darien Gee
Friendship Bread is a novel of loss, the connection of friendship and the healing power of sharing.
The characters are uniquely different, yet so typically human. One cannot help but identify with them and their lives, struggles and all. Three women in various stages of life, with its sorrows, come together over tea and Amish Friendship Bread. As their stories unfold, bonds are formed and friendship deepens.
The book begins with Julia finding a loaf of bread on her porch one day. It is left there anonymously, with a note to “share the starter packet” with someone. As the starter packets are passed around to the residents of this small Midwestern town, surprising things happen to the recipients. As you begin to know the main characters, you meet the townspeople.
A few years ago, my neighbor and close friend (& now fellow Blogger) Andrea, gave me a starter packet of Friendship Bread. We had been passing neighbors, but this definitely sealed the deal. I was going through some difficult things at the time, and she thought a sweet treat might cheer me up. It did; and her friendship was the best part!
Initially, perhaps this is what attracted me to this book and connected me to the stories of the women. I think many women will identify. The novel is sweet, like the Amish bread, and very satisfying. There are tantalizing surprises, enjoyable characters, and wonderful storytelling in this gift of a novel. The recipe for friendship bread, and other recipes, is included at the back of the book.
Read this book, and gift it to a friend. Don’t forget to add a starter packet of the friendship bread!