One of my favorite women’s fiction books is a charming novel, “Friendship Cake,” by Lynne Hinton. Sweet Janel of Janel’s Jumbles (http://janelsjumble.blogspot.com/) recently sent me a copy of this book, and I was so happy to revisit it and rekindle my fond memories of the lovely story.
So I was very delighted that I could travel back to visit with the ladies of Hope Springs, North Carolina with the holiday tale, “Christmas Cake.”
With the holiday season drawing near, the ladies of Hope Springs, North Carolina, are making plans for a cake cookbook—a project that will hopefully lift the spirits of a beloved member of their close-knit quartet. But Margaret Peele is downhearted and uninspired now that her cancer has returned. All she wants this Christmas is to visit her mother's Texas hometown and to see their absent friend, Pastor Charlotte Stewart, who left Hope Springs to run a battered women's shelter.
So sweet and impulsive Beatrice Newgarden Witherspoon commandeers a very inappropriate—but comfortable—van to transport Margaret, and their friends Louise Fisher, and Jessie Jenkins across the country for a Lone Star State reunion with Charlotte. And over the course of a remarkable journey full of adventures they will rediscover the greatest Christmas gift of all: eternal friendship.
I was taken by this book from the very first recipe for “Holiday Party Cake!” But then the warm story of these true and loving friendships sealed the deal as far as “Christmas Cake” being one of my favorite reads during this holiday season.
Each chapter begins with one fabulous recipe for cake after another – Hummingbird Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Ambrosia Cake, Apple Pound Cake, and on and on and on….Cake Heaven!
If you are looking for a gift for a special friend this Christmas, this is the book!