Friendship Cake (Hope Springs Series #1)

Friendship Cake (Hope Springs Series #1)

by Lynne Hinton


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“I would welcome a friendship with Lynne Hinton. I would welcome an invitation to sit down at her table, but mostly I would welcome her next book.”
—Maya Angelou


Lynne Hinton’s beloved bestselling classic, Friendship Cake, is a beautiful, poignant, and funny novel of five small-town women friends that offers inspiring life lessons in faith, love, strength, survival, and community—as well as a host of delicious Southern recipes! A heartwarming delight reminiscent of Jan Karon’s New York Times bestselling Mitford books, Friendship Cake, in the words of Rita Mae Brown (Rubyfruit Jungle), “will give you plenty to chew over. Delicious!”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062517319
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Series: Hope Springs Series , #1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 626,983
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(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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Friendship Cake (Hope Springs Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
ArielJMC More than 1 year ago
Lynne Hinton gifts us with an endearing story of how bonds formed between a small, very diverse group of women in church community both surprised and strengthened them. Her characters prove that faith, hope and friendship- and good cookin'!- can help us survive some of life's worse storms. Loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one of the best books l have read. Enjoyed it a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love books about deep relationships between people, particularly women. I generally search them out, and even when I am not totally enthralled with the book, it generally serves its purpose in showing the importance of the relationships to each party. I didn't get that feeling with this book. In fact, I felt these characters were more acquaintances and I could easily see them just passing in the night. I may have set up the disappointment for myself because the book I had just finished when I picked this one up had been so good, I couldnt get enough reviews up on the various review sites, but overall, I found this book not much deeper than a romance novel. Below is the book I had finished before I started this one and if you read it, I think you will quickly see how a book about friendship should be written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a selection for our Book Club, I read Friendship Cake with anticipation of a great read, but was extremely disappointed. The characters were one dimensional and completely predictable. It seemed that the author was imitating one of the recent 'Southern Women' movies that have been released over the past few years, but without the depth of character development that makes a person real. The formula for plot could have been created by my 16 year old. Overall--sweet, but so SHALLOW.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ifelt like I was just getting to know these women by the end of the book and can't wait for the next book. Very real people, you felt like you had met them before and look forward to seeing them again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The four members (Margaret Peele, Louise Fisher, Beatrice Newgarden, and Jessie Jenkins) of the Hope Springs Community Church gather to collect and sort recipes for a cookbook, they also bring their life experiences and hopes and burdens. Five very different women begin to form a bond of friendship after years of casual acquaintances. Each one goes through a personal metamorphosis and self-awakening and become interconnected through a series of life events that forms an unbreakable bond. Each one comes to terms with crisis in their lives and realize they are not superwomen and lean on each other to get through difficult times. This is a quick, simple book that addresses all kinds of issues of loneliness, unplanned teenage pregnancy, cancer, Alzheimer's, lost love, death of a child, faith in God, racism, homosexuality, and various other situations. The author addresses the topics carefully sprinkling humor and Southern Recipes throughout...ending the novel with the recipe for Friendship Cake. It is a quick, easy, and enjoyable read with a positive lesson to carry forward.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book about forming friendships and looking after each other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only is this book an easy, touching and enjoyable read, the recipes are for truly terrific comfort food. I cooked both the Chicken Pie and Friendship Cake yesterday to rave reviews. I will be giving the book and the cake to many women friends this holiday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book within a few hours, I could not put it down. It tells of feelings and emotions that are in all of us. I am anxious to read Lynne Hinton's next book. Friendship Cake is a book that will stay with you long after being read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I looked at the women in this book and each of them brought to my mind a special friendship I share with someone close to me. I only hope my dedication to my own friends and to God is as admirable and amazing as what Bea, Louise, Roxy, Margaret, Jessie and Charlotte share. I sent copies to each of the women I thought of as I read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give this book more than 5-stars, because it is the first one I have read this summer that I truly enjoyed, cover to cover. It was a delightful character study of five women and their relationships. I truly enjoyed this book and have been recommending it to all of my friends!
Noputt3 More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time keeping up with the characters and who she was talking about. I couldn't visualize them in my head and that's not how I like to enjoy reading books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I read it cover to cover the same day I received it. The characters were interesting and the plot revolving around the creation of a church cookbook is one anyone who loves these cookbooks (as I do) will enjoy. We all probably have at least one of these cookbooks in our kitchen and never gave much thought to the lives of the women who work hard to put it together. As for the publisher notes about the conflicts being resolved too easily by only love, what else is there to soothe our hurts? Fabulous book you won't want to miss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most charming novels I've read in years. Hinton manages to write a warm, touching novel without falling into melodrama or cloying conclusions. Her use of recipes is not at all gimmicky; they accurately reflect their owners' true natures, and further serve to bind the unifying 'cookbook' plot together. I grew to love these characters and their lives; so much so that I long for a sequel!
Guest More than 1 year ago

In the style of Patricia Gaffney's Saving Graces, Friendship Cake is a real-life novel whose focus is women, the lives they live and the problems they face.

Friendship Cake takes 5 disparate church women and throws them together in the course of putting together a church cookbook. But, it's more than recipes that get tested. Friendship, love and trust are put to the test over and over as the ladies learn to accept the others --- and themselves --- for who they are.

I didn't know what to expect from this novel, which is written by a pastor in North Carolina and I have to say that I do hope Pastor Hinton has more stories like this tucked away, just waiting to be written. Quite a wonderful book.

FearsomeFoursome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Friendship Cake explores the bonds of friendship, faith, and love among five women who come together, some more reluctantly than others, to create a church cookbook. The five quirky, flawed, annoying, hilarious, strong, and beautiful women include (1) Charlotte, the new pastor who doubs her own faith as she ministers to others; (2) Margaret, the community's font of solid, nonjudgmental advice; (3) Louise, a tough, sarcastic woman who nurses her best friend in the last stages of Alzheimer's, a woman she has secretly loved these last 40 years; (4) Jessie, the only African-American in the church who joined on a dare and found her faith in the process; and (5) Beatrice, suitably described by Louise as "a fairy godmother in a funeral director's suit." As these women work together, they slowly realize they are building more than a cookbook. Watching their friendships grow and evolve was heartwarming, especially witnessing Beatrice grow from a busybody pest to a devout friend. It was a quick, gentle read evocative of small town life and the friendships that can unexpectedly blossom there. I recommend it.
oldblack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a lightweight, easy read.with a fairly explicit message. Obviously written from a 'christian' perspective and is a story about women whose common connection is a church, and yet it isn't too preaching to be enjoyed by non-church-goers. It's romance, in the sense that all major issues turn out OK in the end, although to Hinton's credit, there are clearly some underlying problems which are unresolved. Lynne Hinton won't be getting any Pulitzer Prizes, but I suspect she'd be quite a good pastor.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK, I feel like a sap for loving this so much, but I confess I did. And goodness, I have to give props for a book so moving it made me cry--more than once. I give you fair warning. This is friendship cake indeed. Light and sweet enough to carry a label cautioning you about cavities and diabetic shock. A novel about five women: a young pastor of a Christian church in North Carolina and four of her elderly parishioners in a graying congregation. We get to know each in turn in the five introductory chapters in their own voices, although the rest of the novel is third person. Each chapter begins with a recipe, as each is part of a women's society committee in the church putting together a cookbook.We first meet Margaret Peele, and her strong folksy voice drew me right in. A widow, Margaret is the sensible center of the church fellowship. Childless herself, young people are drawn to her willingness to listen and help. Louise Fisher is the woman who dares speaks out on those things others would ignore. Never married, she's a woman whose heart has long been given to another woman, her best friend of decades who is dying of Alzheimers. Beatrice Newgarden, a widow with three grown children, is a meddlesome busybody--but someone who at the core has a good heart, and initiates the cookbook project because she hopes it can bind them all together--as friends. Jessie Jenkins is the one black member of the otherwise "all-white" church. A mother and grandmother long separated from the husband who abandoned her years ago. Their pastor Reverend Charlotte Stewart is new to the church. She's straight out of seminary and well aware the only reason she was hired is because the church can't afford to pay what a male preacher would demand. She was drawn into a Methodist church as a child because she as the "daughter of an alcoholic... longed for an hour without surprises."I read this book because it was recommended on "The Ultimate Reading List" in the "Inspirational Fiction" section, which listed Christian Fiction. I'm not a believer, but that doesn't mean I didn't feel I couldn't learn or be moved by those of faith--I love CS Lewis, so I decided to give the list a shot. Five books listed were available in neighborhood book stores, including this one, and those were the ones I tried. I have to tell you, the others didn't put forth a form of Christianity I found the least admirable. Rather those books' worldview came across as cramped, narrow-minded, even bigoted. I have a feeling the other "Christian Fiction" authors would not like this book or Lynne Hinton, herself a Christian pastor. In fact several of them have pastors as characters resembling her Charlotte as their villains. I'm not claiming this as great literature. But I'm happy to be in the company of Maya Angelou, who said she'd welcome Hinton as a friend, and "welcome an invitation to sit down at her table"--because the vision she presents here, particularly in contrast to those other books, comes across as compassionate and wise.
Mzkitty570 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When five women from the Hope Springs Community Church in North Carolina form a committee to create a church cookbook, they embark on a project much more meaningful than they anticipate. As they gather recipes, they share their fears, hopes, and dreams. And they soon discover that food and friendship are the sustenance for the body and the soul. Folded into their poignant stories are delectable Southern recipes like "Fran's Chicken Pie," "Earnestines' Corn Relish,' and of course, a "Real Friendship Cake." This warm, tender tale of togetherness and the resilience of the human spirit provides the recipe from which good food-and good living-is made.I enjoyed this book very much. It's wonderful to have a support system of friends that, even though they may seem like they don't care, or are too different from your "world", can come together to support each other during difficult and happy times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I selected this book for the added recipes. Both tje book and the recipes are duds. Wasted my money!
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What a rip off. 123 pages for 9.00. Too much for a novella.
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