The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale

Book description:

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, you’ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws . . . from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you’re lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way.

My review:

I recently watched a movie described as “Beaches for a new generation”. It was an okay movie, but as I was reading this book I thought, “They should make this book into a movie and it would definitely be the Beaches for a new generation”. There is so much to love about this book. Not only is it a story about lifelong best friends, but it is also filled with real life – real life problems, mistakes, hurts, forgiveness, and redemption.

This is one of those very rare books where I had no idea where it was going to end up. It seemed like it could have gone in a couple different directions, and I wasn’t sure which way it would go. Ultimately, it was a lovely story of three friends.

I haven’t tried the recipe for Hummingbird Cake yet, but after learning the secret of Hummingbird Cake, I can’t wait to try it. I will make sure to add in the the secret ingredient. If you want to know the secret ingredient, make sure to read the book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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