FRIENDSHIP BREAD by Darien Gee

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Friendship Bread, an utterly heartwarming tale of sisterhood and forgiveness, will live on the shelves somewhere between Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek series and Kate Jacobs’ Friday Night Knitting Club, and will benefit from the well-established "Amish Friendship Bread" phenomenon, which represents social networking in its purest form: viral, organic, and replicable, with both a huge real-world and virtual presence. Julia Evarts is still healing from the loss of her young son, Josh, when she returns home to find an anonymous “culinary chain letter” sitting on her porch: a plate of Amish Friendship Bread along with a Ziploc filled with the gooey starter, topped with a simple Post-It note, I hope you enjoy it. She is instructed to feed the starter over a ten-day period then bake two loaves of bread and share the remaining starter with three other people. As the Friendship Bread makes its way through the quirky town of Avalon, IL, (including into the home of Julia’s estranged sister, Livvy, whom Julia has long blamed for Josh’s death), three women-each with her own secrets and regrets-find themselves drawn together and their lives inexplicably changed. Friendship Bread is a novel about life, loss, friendship and community, and what endures even when the unthinkable happens.

About the Author: Darien Gee is also the author of three novels under the name Mia King. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and three children.

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