By Darien Gee
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345525352, 432pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
In the tradition of Kate Jacobs and Lolly Winston comes a deeply felt, utterly charming novel of three newfound friends and the unexpected gift that will change their lives.
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.
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Darien 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.
“With heart and soul, Darien Gee has crafted a charming story of love, friendship, tragedy, and the surprising ways healing weaves its way through a small town.”—Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
“Deliciously entertaining! You’ll root all the way as these characters stumble toward forgiveness, understanding, and, ultimately, celebration. Friendship Bread is a perfect book club selection.”—Kate Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club
“As comforting, warm, and delicious as a slice of freshly baked friendship bread.”—Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of Promises to Keep
“Darien Gee’s virtuoso storytelling kept me turning pages—and wishing I lived in Avalon!”—Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Heat Wave
“A vivid, tender portrait of friends, a window onto the intricacies of friendship itself.”—Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Boat