Christmas Cake (Hope Springs Series #4)

Christmas Cake (Hope Springs Series #4)

by Lynne Hinton


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“The perfect recipe for friendship, Christmas Cake is a delightful read for the holidays. This is a book to be shared, a story to be treasured.”
—Joan Medlicott, author of The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love


In a long-awaited sequel to her beloved national bestseller Friendship Cake, author Lynne Hinton returns to the town of Hope Springs with Christmas Cake, a heartwarming story that celebrates the close and lifelong bonds among women. Set in a small fictional Southern community as unforgettable as Jan Karon’s   Mitford, Christmas Cake movingly addresses issues of life and death, faith and love—and good cooking!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061711503
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Series: Hope Springs Series , #4
Pages: 269
Sales rank: 683,688
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

A retreat leader and writing teacher, Lynne Hinton is the author of numerous novels including Pie Town, Wedding Cake, Christmas Cake, Friendship Cake, Hope Springs, and Forever Friends. She also writes a mystery series under the name Jackie Lynn. She lives in New Mexico.

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Joan Medlicott

“The perfect recipe for friendship, Christmas Cake is a delightful read for the holidays. This is a book to be shared, a story to be treasured.”

Kathi Kamen Goldmark

“With heart, humor, and a soul-satisfying story, Lynne Hinton’s latest takes the cake!”

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Christmas Cake (Hope Springs Series #4) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Frutcha More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was sad but very entertaining. I love to bake and I am looking forward to trying the cake recipes in the book. It was very easy to read and it was interesting where the recipes came from. Looking forward to reading more of her books.
abitbookish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the tradition of this book, I would say that this story is like Granny Causey's Light Fruitcake. It's a typical story about women "of a certain age" and all the emotional trappings that come along during this phase of life, making them a little fruity, slightly nutty, but with a little depth. Usually, my litmus test for books is would I pick this book back up and ponder a line or a thought, possibly even copy down a delicious quote or two. That being said, with this book, there will be none of that relating to the actual story, but I will gladly use the recipes, there are some good ones here. So for the story I would give it a B-, and the recipes I would give an A. What can I say?...... I'm like the women of Hope Springs,....... I like cake.
curls_99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Christmas Cake, Lynne Hinton continues to explore the antics and relationships of the ladies of Hope Springs, North Carolina. Their current adventure centers around the creation of a holiday cake cookbook, but, as always, involves much more! This book is a pleasant, light read with the highlight of a new holiday cake recipe at the beginning of each chapter. The ladies of Hope Springs give the reader comfort as they feel like real people with real problems.
calliebell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great, entertaining and enjoyable read. Always enjoy the ladies of Hope Springs and glad to see their friendships endure. The recipes are good to have too!!
kristio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, most especially because of the cake recipes interspersed throughout each chapter. I kept looking forward to see which cake was featured next! As for the story, I thought it was heartwarming and funny. Four friends, each dealing with aging, death and cancer in their own way, try to find a little peace at the holidays, but end up with so much more! After reading this book, I definitely want to read the her previous book, "Friendship Cake"!
Kikoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First let me say that the plot was predictable ( that is the 1/2 point ). HOWEVER, the characters very strong and ones I will remember. This was an easy read, as the characters became woven together and I began to care what happened to them. Then when I found the author to be a Pastor who lives in my most favorite place in the world New Mexico, and who took many of her characters from people she knows as well as herself. I share Charlotte's love of the high desert. I love the smell of the sage. I could almost smell it as I read her parts. I am 67, so the age of the women is much closer to me. This book speaks to the fact that age does not mean rocking and knitting. I look forward to reading Wedding Cake and have already checked out The Order of Things from my local library. It is always exciting to find a new author. Thank you for letting me read this book...
bermudaonion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Margaret, Jessie, Beatrice and Louise have been great friends forever. As members of the Women¿s Guild of Hope Springs (North Carolina) Community Church, their current project is a Christmas Cake Cookbook and recipe contest. Beatrice has promised a big prize, but so far, hasn¿t been able to deliver.When Margaret discovers that her cancer has come back, her friends rally around her and vow to help her realize her final dream. They¿re joined by their good friend and former pastor Charlotte, who has moved away. The quest to fulfill Margaret¿s dream turns out to be an adventure for all of them that is sure to be a cherished memory in the future. It all serves as a gentle reminder to the women of what they value in life.Christmas Cake by Lynne Hinton is a sweet story of friendship, love and community. I enjoyed my visit with the ladies of Hope Springs because their friendship is so real. They love each other and aggravate each other all at the same time, but when the chips are down, they¿re there for each other. I found myself smiling at parts of the story and sobbing at others. Be prepared with tissues when you read this book!Lynne Hinton is the pastor of a church in New Mexico. She has written several books about the ladies from Hope Springs, but this is the first one I¿ve read. I had no problems catching up with and enjoying their friendship. Since Christmas Cake is about a cake cookbook and recipe contest, Lynne features a cake recipe at the beginning of each chapter and some of them sound really yummy.
rrnicovich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this during Christmas, I actually finished it on December 26. It was a really nice story about female friendship, a book that was easy to read and it made me reflect and feel grateful for my own friendships. It made me laugh and it made me cry--and I can't wait to try some of those cake recipes. This was my first Lynne Hinton book, but it won't be my last. I'm planning to go back and read her previous books, and I'm looking forward to Wedding Cake.
rainbowsoup on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A soulful, hope filled read based on a long friendship of four women facing life changes and choices. The message was positive, yet took at least 85 pages to get the story rolling. For those interested in Christian fiction, this is a good holiday read.
dmcco01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Christmas Cake" is an innocuous little book that might hit the spot for you if you're looking for a quick holiday read. But it left me disappointed. It seemed like the rough outline for what could've been a richer, more fleshed-out story with a lot more heart and feeling (and dialogue.) Pehaps if I'd read "Friendship Cake," the previous book in the series, I'd know the characters better and the whole thing wouldn't feel so slapdash.This was a book I really wanted to like. Unfortunately, it was just too lightweight and rushed to feel truly satisfying to me.
hildevon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading Christmas Cake most probably would have been a perfect pre-holiday activity. Unfortunately, time and commitments forced me to postpone this cozy and engrossing read. It was nontheless quite enjoyable. It took me several chapters to realize that the characters had first appeared in Friendship Cake. I would have appreciated a little review info earlier in the book. By the time I got to the end, the few tidbits that were included seemed unneccesary. The story of enduring friendship and acceptance is one from which we may all benefit. These characters seem so much like people I actually know that it seems quite natural to benefit from their experiences. The cake recipes which are such an integral and subtle part of the story sound delicious. I usually pass my books along once I've read them, but I may need to keep Christmas Cake long enough to sample some of the recipes or until I gain ten pounds, which ever comes first.
hope3957 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a nice story of forever friendship. We see how they are always there for each other anytime and will go anyplace. At times the story is really quite depressing , but so is life. The mission the friends took in the borrowed funeral van was a special time. I really enjoyed the recipes and the idea of the cook book. An overall interesting reminder of the value of their friendship and life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It made me think of the variety of friends I have/had.
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Fiestaboxer More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately for me, I didn't realize that this was the 4th book in the series. I have since bought the first 3 so I will pretend I didn't read the ending. Excellent excellent book, easy to follow and a nice story line. If you really like these books you will also like the "Dearest Dorothy" series and "Stray Affections" by Charlene Baumbich. I can't wait to read Friendship Cake, Hope Springs and Forever Friends in that order by Lynne Hinton. ENJOY!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the author but this book will have to wait until next holiday season.
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DaisyNM More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story, I would recommend to anyone looking for a great story about friends. Look forward to read Lynne Hinton next book. I just loved these characters.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Hope Springs, North Carolina, Margaret tries to remain upbeat in front of her friends, but the cancer has returned and spread to her organs. Her BFFs would do anything for her so in the hope to cheering her up they get the idea for another cook book which would include best recipe for a contest they would sponser. The idea was Beatrice's, but she no longer has the enthusiasm for the project; surprising herself, her spouse funeral director Dick and her friends, she quits her leadership role and asks Louise to take over. Margaret tells her buddies from the Hope Springs Church that she just wants to visit her hometown and see their former Pastor Charlotte, who runs a battered women's shelter, both in Texas. Getting past her depression with a mission, Beatrice steals her husband's funeral van to drive Margaret, Louise and Jessie to Texas. The sequel to The Friendship Cake is a wonderful slice of life as the Tar Heel best friends know hope springs eternal even with one of them in Texas, another depressed, another dying and the others overwhelmed with what to do. With recipes leading each chapter, the women run the show as they drive a funeral van from Carolina to Texas to fulfill Margaret's last wishes. The Christmas Cake is a five tissue box tear jerker as friendship is forever. Harriet Klausner