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The Secret to Hummingbird Cake (edició 2016)

de Celeste Fletcher McHale (Autor)

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"The Secret to Hummingbird Cake celebrates strong women and stronger ties. Its humor, poignancy, and a dash of sass will touch the heart."* In the South you always say "yes, ma'am" and "no, ma'am." You know everybody's business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food--especially dessert-- is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family-- even if the threat is something you cannot see. In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, Laine, Carrigan, Ella Rae first met on the playground when they were five years old. Now, as adults, they're still almost inseparable as they life together: from the sometimes rocky path of marriage to the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws--from devastating pain to absolute joy. Through it all, you'll experience the essence and the joy of true friendship. And if you're lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way. *CBA Reviews "A delightful, heartwarming, and heart wrenching story that captures the beauty and essence of living in a small, southern town. A must read for ALL girls, 18 to 80." --Ladies Southern Lit Society  "McHale's magnificently penned novel is a story which demonstrates the power of genuine female friendships. The writing is sharp, fresh, and delivered to the reader with finesse and humor . . . a remarkable debut novel that is a must read for all who sincerely believe true friendship is a gift to be treasured." --MK Torrance, Goodreads Master Reviewer  "The book starts out as chick lit but then takes a sharp turn on the genre and gives us something much more . . . a real look at the kind of remarkable female friendships that so many of us experience in real life but few books ever capture. I laughed and I wept, and readers will too. Wow." --Linda Stasi, Columnist New York Daily News, author of The Sixth Station as well as six nonfiction books, TV Commentator for NY1, (What A Week)  "McHale's debut novel is such an amazing surprise. Just when you think you've heard this song before, the music changes. It will make you laugh out loud and make you cry and stay with you long after the read is done. All in all, a brilliant raw look at life." --Melissa Grego, Editor-In-Chief at Broadcasting & Cable  "Highly recommend this book to bookclubs everywhere. In a world where fake friendship is celebrated, it was most refreshing to read a story that defines what true friendship really is." --The Dallas Dozen Bookclub  "Finally! A REAL story about REAL friendship! Get the tissues ready . . . for the happy tears and sad ones too." --GrantJunior League  Full length, standalone novel Women's fiction, focused on friendship, and set in the South Includes discussion questions for book clubs… (més)
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Títol:The Secret to Hummingbird Cake
Autors:Celeste Fletcher McHale (Autor)
Informació:Thomas Nelson (2016), 304 pages
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This is the second book flop for me this month. The problem is not so much that this was Christian fiction, as the shallowness of the characters.

This is the story of three female childhood friends who face a heartbreaking ordeal together. The narrator is the most immature person I have ever encountered, and I do read YA sometimes. Surely, it is a story of a small town, but not all small-town's people are this shallow and self-absorbed. There are a few nice quotes about grief, about the importance of friends and family. There are a couple of apt observations or jokes about small town life, or life in the South. It is however all too stereotypical. Characters are either whiny (the narrator Carrigan) or super wonderful and caring (Laine and Carrigan's husband Jack). The rest suffer from various degrees of irresponsibility (and sometimes sheer stupidity. I would never be able to carry a two-minute conversation with anyone in this book.

There was a minor point in the story that irritated me repeatedly whenever I thought about it. I find it extremely unlikely that in a small southern town a girl can get married at 17 and then stay childless by choice into her thirties. And this happened to TWO of the women. Carrigan has also married to the only son of a wealthy plantation owner, and I find it really hard to believe that there was absolutely no pressure on them to produce offspring.

On a positive note, the narrator put me to sleep quickly one night, and she gave a very nice rendition of a song at one point in the book. The few gems of wisdom about life, love and friendship were drowned in all the small-talk and trivial banter of most women (and some of the men).

I recommend this book to people with craving for sugary sweet unrealistic reading material, and those who can put up with trivial dialogue straight out of a soap opera on an eternal daily run.

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  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
This was a great book about Southern friendships and life. It's a sad but yet a feel good story. Life never goes as planned and you have to take the good with the bad and just keep on going. ( )
  vickimarie2002 | Feb 19, 2020 |
I had wanted to read The Secret to Hummingbird Cake since I saw its yummy cover and read its intriguing blurb. Oh yeah, this was a book I knew I would love. And I really did. I laughed out loud and ugly cried, sometimes within the span of just minutes. This small-town novel is filled with wonderfully drawn characters that are as close as family and just as exasperating! The book’s charm lies in the small town of Bon Dieu Falls, Louisiana and the three women who have been close since childhood. Carrigan, Ella Rae, and Laine have always stood by each other through indiscretions, melees, and life in general. But their friendship and faith are sorely tested as they all have to face life with their big girl pants on. If you are a fan of Southern fiction, women’s fiction, or both, then this book is for you. I have just one caveat though. Although this book is published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian imprint of Harper Collins, there are some things that readers of Christian fiction may not want to read — alcohol, some mild language, and sex outside of marriage viewed as okay under the right circumstances. (This book would have earned 5-stars if not for the above-mentioned.) But if you can overlook those shortcomings, then I think you will really enjoy The Secret to Hummingbird Cake.

Recommended (with some reservations, see review).

Audience: adults.

(I purchased the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.) ( )
  vintagebeckie | Mar 1, 2018 |
The main theme in this delightful book is friendship. Don't we all like to have those special friends that just make us feel at home? We can talk to them about anything, sit and chat over coffee and cake and just relax . This is the kind of friendship these three women from the book have. It is easy, comfortable and lasting friendship that makes this story so inviting.

As we get to know each woman, the author gives us a look into their lives. Some will face tragedy, pain and even loss . It is written with depth and true emotion. Yes you may want to grab a tissue for this book. The different subjects in the book are well defined with sensitivity and gives you a glimpse into what true friendship means. I really enjoyed the happiness the women felt at being a housewife. It is not an easy task, but the rewards are priceless. They took great care of their home and it showed through their actions. I loved the southern charm throughout the book and I could picture myself sitting with them on the front porch. We would be drinking iced tea and perhaps eating a slice of cake as we discussed our day. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story that explores friendship and perhaps along the way discover THE SECRET TO HUMMINGBIRD CAKE.

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild for an honest review. . ( )
  Harley0326 | Apr 3, 2016 |
This novel is about friendship - the kind of friendship between women that anyone is lucky to find. Carri, Laine and Ella Rae have been friends since elementary school and now in their 30s they are faced with all kinds of adult problems. They live in a small town in the South where every knows all about what is going on in everyone else's life and there are all sorts of eccentric characters. The novel centers around their friendship - first whether or not Carri's husband is having an affair and then over the health of one of the members of the group. I loved all three of the main characters - I live in the South and I know people just like them. I laughed with them and I cried with them and I hated to see the book end. This is a fantastic book and I will definitely be on the lookout for future books from this author. (This book was provided by NetGalley for an unbiased review.) ( )
  susan0316 | Feb 10, 2016 |
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"The Secret to Hummingbird Cake celebrates strong women and stronger ties. Its humor, poignancy, and a dash of sass will touch the heart."* In the South you always say "yes, ma'am" and "no, ma'am." You know everybody's business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food--especially dessert-- is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family-- even if the threat is something you cannot see. In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, Laine, Carrigan, Ella Rae first met on the playground when they were five years old. Now, as adults, they're still almost inseparable as they life together: from the sometimes rocky path of marriage to the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws--from devastating pain to absolute joy. Through it all, you'll experience the essence and the joy of true friendship. And if you're lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way. *CBA Reviews "A delightful, heartwarming, and heart wrenching story that captures the beauty and essence of living in a small, southern town. A must read for ALL girls, 18 to 80." --Ladies Southern Lit Society  "McHale's magnificently penned novel is a story which demonstrates the power of genuine female friendships. The writing is sharp, fresh, and delivered to the reader with finesse and humor . . . a remarkable debut novel that is a must read for all who sincerely believe true friendship is a gift to be treasured." --MK Torrance, Goodreads Master Reviewer  "The book starts out as chick lit but then takes a sharp turn on the genre and gives us something much more . . . a real look at the kind of remarkable female friendships that so many of us experience in real life but few books ever capture. I laughed and I wept, and readers will too. Wow." --Linda Stasi, Columnist New York Daily News, author of The Sixth Station as well as six nonfiction books, TV Commentator for NY1, (What A Week)  "McHale's debut novel is such an amazing surprise. Just when you think you've heard this song before, the music changes. It will make you laugh out loud and make you cry and stay with you long after the read is done. All in all, a brilliant raw look at life." --Melissa Grego, Editor-In-Chief at Broadcasting & Cable  "Highly recommend this book to bookclubs everywhere. In a world where fake friendship is celebrated, it was most refreshing to read a story that defines what true friendship really is." --The Dallas Dozen Bookclub  "Finally! A REAL story about REAL friendship! Get the tissues ready . . . for the happy tears and sad ones too." --GrantJunior League  Full length, standalone novel Women's fiction, focused on friendship, and set in the South Includes discussion questions for book clubs

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