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Bread Alone
by Judith Ryan Hendricks
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Perennial, 2002 (2001)
Hardcover, Paperback

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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

What a great read, not to be missed. Wynter Morrison, existing in a seven-year marriage, is ousted from her safe nook as wife and chic trophy on her husband's arm by a younger version of herself. Old story newly told. Leaving California behind for Seattle, Wynter joins CM, a lifelong friend. There her interest in baking jumps to her conscious mind and a new life is born. Does she want it?

The characters are more than believable. They suffer from the same doubts we all do. They make the wrong choices for the right reasons - and vice versa. Wyn's interactions with her mother give a great insight into her motivations. Fortunately Wyn and CM have the kind of relationship that survives all the bumps in the road. Or do they? The author writes eloquently of Wyn's struggle to come to grips with her new life.

There's a great big bonus that comes with the novel - recipes for making bread. Great recipes. Back in my mothering days, I baked a lot of bread. But never the kinds of bread in this book. All you ever wanted to know about bread is there for you between the covers of Bread Alone. As you read, you can almost smell the wonderful fragrance of freshly baked bread emanating from the pages.

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