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I read historical fiction, mystery, foodie memoir, and well-crafted YA (sometimes other genres).

Friendship Bread: A Novel

Friendship Bread - Darien Gee Why is it that so many novels about women, (chick lit, arguably) hinge on the premise of one or more central characters being devastated with heartbreak at the start of the novel.Show me books where the central plot arcs aren't grieving some giant loss, or catching a romance... with a strong female character at the center.This book got good after a lugubrious and sad start- once the baking started proliferating, and eccentric other characters showed up to make the focus feel less sharpened on Julia, it worked for me. Longer review to come on my blog.