Friendship Cake: A Novel

by Lynne Hinton | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0062517317 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tenetene of Salt Lake City, Utah USA on 9/4/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by tenetene from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Thursday, September 04, 2008
this is a book I almost didn't read. my eyes had just slid on by this title numerous times as it didn't catch my interest *at all*

Until one night I'd finished one book, couldn't find the other I'd been reading, and was desperate for something--anything --to read. The cover art still looked like a boring (to me) book. And then I noticed a blurb by Rita Mae Brown. And then one by Maya Angelou. so I decided to give it a try.

And it is so SO good!! This was WAYYYYYYY more and better than I expected it to be. i was drawn right in, and quickly grew to care....

Thumbs up!!

From Publishers Weekly
How many Southern women does it take to put together a cookbook? Five, in Hinton's sincere but frothy debut novel, in which several female congregants of the appropriately named Hope Springs Community Church in North Carolina decide to create a cookbook; each has her own special recipe to share and a story to tell. On the cookbook committee are pragmatic Margaret, whose down-home wisdom makes her the community confidant; 63-year-old Louise, nursing the unrequited love of her life, another woman, through Alzheimer's; Beatrice, with a finger in everyone else's pie; Jessie, the only black woman in the all-white congregation; and Reverend Charlotte Stewart, their first woman preacher. The project originates as a form of female bonding through food, but as the committee holds meetings to review their progress, a lot more is stirred up than soups and stews. Also on the table are death and sex, friendship and love. The characters introduce themselves in the opening chapters, and their voices are like a potluck dinner, unsophisticated and oddly comforting. Hinton, herself a North Carolina pastor, successfully endows Charlotte with all of the self-doubts that a cleric might feel facing her first congregation. Mostly, though, this is thin fare, with complex issues like interracial marriage and the tragic death of a child resolved by one easy remedy: love. There are 17 recipes included, but these are also pretty basic--banana pudding, relish, grits--leaving readers to wish there were something as satisfying as fried green tomatoes on the menu. Agent, Sally McMillan. 10-city author tour.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
The reaction of the Hope Springs Community Church women's group to the idea of writing a cookbook is lukewarm at best until Beatrice breaks down and confesses that she came up with the idea in hopes that sharing a project will make them better friends. They are an unusual group: Beatrice, the town gossip and make-up artist for the funeral home; Margaret, a reclusive widow; tough Louise, who needs the strength of others as the woman she's secretly loved for 40 years enters the final stages of Alzheimer's; Jessie, an African American, who attended a white church on a dare and found a stronger commitment to the Lord; and Charlotte, the young pastor, who tries to be everything to everyone and risks losing her faith along the way. As these women share recipes and a love of the Lord, they make a friendship cake to last till the end of their lives. Hinton (Meditations for Walking) tackles issues dividing churches today, particularly homosexuality and interracial relationships, in a caring and forthright manner. A deceptively simple first novel; for all collections.

Journal Entry 2 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Monday, May 11, 2009
Hope you enjoy this as much as i did!

This was one of my Mom's ~~I'm gradually registering her books, but awhile back it dawned on me that if I release them from mine, it's easier to follow them. Anywho, this is my apology for taking so long with Menopaws.

Enjoy our great weather!

Journal Entry 3 by dabercro from Clinton, Utah USA on Thursday, May 14, 2009
Arrived in the mail yesterday. Looks like a good read. Thanks for the RABCK!

Journal Entry 4 by dabercro from Clinton, Utah USA on Saturday, November 07, 2009
The first book in the Hope Springs trilogy...I enjoyed meeting and getting to know the five women who came together to create a church cookbook. By coming together to create the cookbook, they also began to open their lives to each other and truly become "friends". The book was an easy, gentle read. I would like to read the next two books in this series.

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Sending to Aberpeter in Kirkland, WA.

Journal Entry 6 by Aberpeter from Kirkland, Washington USA on Friday, November 20, 2009
arrived yesterday. thanks dabercro

Journal Entry 7 by Aberpeter at Kirkland, Washington USA on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Friendship Cake is a quick, uplifting read about 5 women who become friends during the process of putting a cookbook together for their church. Each of the women experiences some struggle in her own life and it is the other women in this group that pull together and help each other out and ultimately create deep bonds between the five of them.

Journal Entry 8 by Aberpeter at Kirkland, Washington USA on Thursday, October 23, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (10/23/2014 UTC) at Kirkland, Washington USA


Adding to the ABC Bookring: Books Beginning with the Letter F

Journal Entry 9 by wingheartthumperwing at Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Friday, November 07, 2014
I chose this from the "F" Book ring. Looks good.

Journal Entry 10 by wingheartthumperwing at Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Sunday, January 25, 2015
Surprisingly good. Much better than I expected. Loved all the characters.

Saving for the Food Book Box.

Journal Entry 11 by wingheartthumperwing at Food Book Box, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (9/23/2015 UTC) at Food Book Box, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases


Added to the Food Book Box.

Journal Entry 12 by wingSouthernfryedwing at Lexington, South Carolina USA on Wednesday, January 13, 2016
taking this out of the food book box

As others have stated this was a very easy, sweet read about a group of women becoming friends while working on a church cookbook.

Journal Entry 13 by wingSouthernfryedwing at Lexington, South Carolina USA on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (11/30/2016 UTC) at Lexington, South Carolina USA


dropped in the mail to tribefan for Akron's Reading Festival in February

Journal Entry 14 by Tribefan at Lakemore, Ohio USA on Wednesday, December 28, 2016
This book will be released at the Akron Reading Festival, held at the downtown Akron Public Library on February 4th 2017!

Journal Entry 15 by Tribefan at Akron Reading Festival in Akron, Ohio USA on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Released 2 yrs ago (2/4/2017 UTC) at Akron Reading Festival in Akron, Ohio USA


Released at the Akron Reading Festival, held at the downtown Akron Public Library on February 4th 2017! Look for the Rubber City Book Posse!

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