Bread Alone: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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The life of 31-year-old trophy wife Wynter Morrison suddenly changes course when her husband announces one evening that their marriage is over. Emotionally devastated and desperate for a change of scenery, Wyn moves to Seattle where she spends aimless hours at a local bakery, sipping coffee and inhaling the sweet aromas of freshly-made bread. These visits bring back memories of her long-ago apprenticeship at a French boulangerie, and when offered a position at the bakery, Wyn quickly accepts -- hoping that the ...

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Bread Alone: A Novel

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Overview

The life of 31-year-old trophy wife Wynter Morrison suddenly changes course when her husband announces one evening that their marriage is over. Emotionally devastated and desperate for a change of scenery, Wyn moves to Seattle where she spends aimless hours at a local bakery, sipping coffee and inhaling the sweet aromas of freshly-made bread. These visits bring back memories of her long-ago apprenticeship at a French boulangerie, and when offered a position at the bakery, Wyn quickly accepts -- hoping that the rituals of baking will help her move on.

Working long hours among the bakery's cluster of eclectic women -- Linda, the irascible bread baker; earth mother Ellen and her partner Diane; and Tyler, the blue-haired barista -- Wyn awakens to the truths that she missed while living the good life in Hancock Park.

Soon Wyn discovers that making bread possesses an unexpected and wondrous healing power, helping her to rediscover that nothing stays the same... bread rises, pain fades, the heart heals, and the future beckons.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062104687
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 155,417
  • File size: 580 KB

Meet the Author

A former journalist, copywriter, computer instructor, travel agent, waitress, and baker, Judith Ryan Hendricks is the author of three previous novels, including the bestseller Bread Alone. She and her husband live in New Mexico.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Reminiscent of Eat, Pray, Love

    I loved this book about as much as I loved Eat Pray Love. Judith Hendricks' Wynter, pours her soul in these pages as she describes how she finds herself by losing so much. I think this book would make a better movie than Eat Pray Love simply because there are characters you would love to hate. Still, Hendricks shows how the process of self discovery can be so wonderfully cathartic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2009

    A great surprise!

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I was completely enchanted by the characters, the unusual setting and the writing style. Finished the book in days. The recipes were a great touch. Can't wait to read the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    Heart Warming

    This is such a heart warming book of a woman who start her life over after her husband abandons her for another. This book inspired me to be creative inspite of it all

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    Great!

    I got this book at a library book sale, and I thought it would simply be an easy read. I was wrong! I ended up liking this book so much more than I thought I would. I loved how Hendricks avoids cliches, and the storyline was very believable. This made me want to bake bread, and I even made the scones that were in the book. I was sad when it came to an end that's how much I enjoyed reading it. Now I'm looking for some of her other books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2005

    Very Enjoyable!

    I picked this book out on a whim, mostly because I love baking bread, and am so glad I did! The characters were well-developed, the plot interesting but not far-fetched, and overall, very enjoyable! I cannot wait to read the sequel to it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    A rising star among authors - and bread bakers

    I just finished Bread Alone and I, too was sorry to have it end. So, I will now begin Baker's Apprentice! I thought the storyline got better as the story grew. There was a wonderful thread through it that tied the characters together. I look forward to our next meeting! Like in Jan Karon's little town in N.C. I look forward to returning the Queen Street Bakery and the people that come there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2005

    Outstanding Book

    This is a very easy book to 'get into'. Good story line - makes you feel like you're there...I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it..Hope she writes more..soon..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2005

    A simple story beautifully told

    Something interesting happened after I finished this book. In my usual way, I lent it to a friend I thought would enjoy it. She did. And she lent it to another mutual friend. And HE enjoyed it -- enough that he lent it to another mutual male friend. I never did get the book back, which is a shame; Hendricks did some interesting maneuvers with form and style that bear a second reading. However, it is worth the loss of the book, knowing it's in the library of some 'extended friend' somewhere, after passing not just from girlfriend to girlfriend but in and out of the hands of SWAT team members! That on its own should reassure a future reader it's not just a 'chick' book -- yes, it's well plotted, well crafted, gently told -- but that it's engaging enough to hold the interest of a variety of readers.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    Now I want to make bread!

    I absolutely loved this book. Usually, I plow right through novels, but this one took a few days. Several times throughout, I found myself wanting to make bread - which is something I haven't done since I was a little girl. I felt right at home, and I enjoyed the different writing style. This is a definite must-read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    You have to read this book!!

    This book has now become one of my favorites! I fell in love with the characters. It's one of those books you can't wait to finish to see what happens but you're sad when it ends because you feel like you've lost a friend. Read this book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT!!!

    I just finished this book and was truly sad that it came to an end! The characters are so real and the story has such a cozy, inviting feel to it. I would highly recommend it to anyone! I'm looking forward to reading more books from this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    Wonderful Book!!

    I would highly recommend reading this book. It was a wonderful story about life and the challenges it throws us (especially women). I will begin reading other novels from this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2003

    I Loved It!!

    This is a dear, dear book. I totally lost myself in it and was sad when it was over. I think, at some time, we all have had the desire to 'leave it all and start over'. It was nice to be able to live it out through this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2003

    what a pleasant surprise!

    I found this book lying on a table of appointment books near check out at my local Barnes and Noble. Thinking the cover illustrtation looked interesting, I picked it up while waiting my turn. Don't know for sure why I felt compelled to buy it, but am glad I did. A good read. Great at bedtime or by the fire this time of year. The story wasn't particuarly remarkable. What made this book was the characters, description of life in Seattle. Real people! I was sorry to have the book end, I liked Wynter. Like the other reviewer, I may have to try the recipes! Looking forward to her next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    great story

    this is one of those books, like Judy Blume's Smart Women, that tells the story of what it is like for a woman to find herself alone again, becoming who she really is, then finding the love of her life. just a great read, plus the fact that I am a baker, and the comfort she finds in the bread recipes and the creating of them, is something that I can relate to, although I do not bake professionally and have not found that feeling of success yet. I did finally find it in my love life though !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2002

    Wonderful Book

    I loved this book. It was a wonderful book filled with great characters who you can really relate to and love. Wyn was weak in the beginning of the book but really became a strong woman by the end. I could not put the book down once it started and did not want it to end when it was over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Warm, cozy, and enjoyable!

    Bread Alone is a beautiful book; a wonderful first novel from Judi Hendricks from whom I hope to hear much more. You cannot imagine the warm and cozy feelings that simply radiate from the book while you¿re reading it. The book includes awesome recipes for breads, cookies, and muffins. I disliked the lead character, Wyn, from the beginning of the book (she wasn¿t a strong enough character for me). I did, however, really appreciate what she went through and the person she grew into by the end. You¿ll relate to the characters; there¿s a little bit of you or someone you know in each of them. You¿ll feel for Wyn while she goes through the pain of her husband¿s departure, the craziness of her mother¿s second marriage, and her new job as a baker of bread (with a co-worker who certainly doesn¿t want her there). You¿ll adore Mac, the resident music-loving, carefree bartender and you¿ll despise David when he decides he¿s ¿not sure what he wants anymore¿. This is a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2002

    Baked To Perfection

    The characters within this story are well-developed and completely believable. There is the aroma of fresh bread in the air while indulging in this book. I much anticipate the sequel. My stomach is not yet full!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2002

    Excellent book from an outstanding writer

    My bookclub chose for our March selection Bread Alone. I have to say, it was an awesome book. The book was about a women starting new. I loved the direction that the author chose for each character. This is a book that everyone can relate to. I thought it was inspiring also. I loved the fact that it was witty and intelligent. It made me giggle, it made me think. And the recipes, oh my it made me want to cook and that is something that never happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    Pass the Butter

    The only problem with the book <i>Bread Alone</i> is that it didn't come cleverly packaged with sourdough starter. Despite this, it's a wonderful book. It was refreshing to read about a divorcee who was my age, not my mother's age, and I loved the recipes interspersed throughout the book. (In fact, I'm planning to experiment with them.) I read most of this book while on vacation, and the whole drive home, my inner monologue was urging me to bake, bake bake. Read this book. But chew on some hot bread and butter while you do.

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