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Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 X 0.58 (inches)
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Series: Hope Springs
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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 impulsive Beatrice Newgarden Witherspoon commandeers a very inappropriate—but comfortable—van to transport Margaret, Louise Fisher, and Jessie Jenkins across the country for a Lone Star State reunion with Charlotte. And over the course of a remarkable journey they will rediscover the greatest Christmas gift of all: eternal friendship.
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.
This is a very light, relatively unimaginative novel that explores womens friendships and devotion to each other. There are scarcely any religious references, and no biblical quotations. The women characters are sort of fleshed out, but it is difficult to discern one from another. Margarets fight with cancer is treated with dignity and feeling, and the author does a good job studying the other friends reactions to her. They either want her to continue treatments and fight or just accept the inevitable with grace. The best bonus features of this book are the cake recipes that begin each chapter. As an inspirational book, this one falls short, and it is not recommended for the serious Christian reader. Anita Tiemeyer, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
“Hinton perfectly captures the intimacy and humor of women’s friendships in a lighthearted, pleasurable story that’s just in time for the holiday season.”
“With heart, humor, and a soul-satisfying story, Lynne Hinton’s latest takes the cake!”
“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.”