(From the publisher):
Good humor, tender moments, and life lessons abound in this heart-warming portrait of small-town Southern life that is anything but simple and quiet. Five churchgoing women from Hope Springs, North Carolina, animate this humorous tale of coming to terms with one's weaknesses, honoring the fragility of life, loving passionately, laughing through tears and thinking with the heart.
The cast of colorful characters includes: Charlotte Stewart, a freshman pastor, who experiences a crisis of faith; Margaret Peele, a no-nonsense widow who is the town confidante; Louise Fisher, known for her sharp tongue, she has loved another woman for over forty years and finally gets to show it by caring for her in the last stages of Alzheimer's; Roxie, the woman loved by Louise, and suffering from Alzheimer's; Jessie Jenkins, the only African American in an all-white church; Beatrice Newgarden, the town busybody, who turns out to be the most solid friend to them all.
As these five very different women come together to create a church cookbook, they quickly become a source of solace, support, and strength for each other. Each struggling to make sense of her life: her past, her relationships, her faith, the women share much more than recipes; they share their passions, loves, heartbreaks, and hopes. Celebrating together and mourning together, they develop a deeper understanding of and compassion for each other and a genuine appreciation for the softness of heart and toughness of spirit that joins them as women. Just as surely as delectable Southern foods such as sweet potato casserole, prunecake, pecan pie, banana pudding, and corn relish sustain the body, it becomes evident that friendship nourishes the soul. The women end up with renewed faith, rekindled spirits, and the ingredients for true and lasting friendship.
Original title: Friendship Cake
Genre: Fiction→ Religious→ Christianity→ Christian Life And Faith
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ties That Bind→ Friendship