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Harvest of Blessings, by Charlotte Hubbard

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Review

Nora Glick Landwehr, with her expensive clothes and flashy car, is the last person anyone would suspect of growing up Amish. She’s willing to trade her “English” possessions for a chance to return to the Willow Ridge community of her childhood… but will the community welcome her back?

Harvest of Blessings is a delightful novel to feature on Crowded Earth Kitchen, because the first place Nora finds welcome and respite is at Willow Ridge’s own Sweet Seasons Bakery Cafe. While busily baking pies, the older, wiser Miriam offers advice on how Nora might announce her return without disrupting the Amish way of things. I’m sure many of us can relate to comfort and solace found in the kitchen!

As Nora works to clear her name and earn a place in her family and community, she catches the interest of a local Amish man, Luke Hooley. Page after captivating page, we learn how Nora’s return to Willow Ridge brings unanticipated surprises.

At the end of Harvest of Blessings, the reader is treated to a collection of fourteen recipes from Sweet Seasons Bakery Cafe. Don’t miss the Pineapple Bread Pudding or Overnight Kale Salad with Apples… delicious!

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**Congratulations to Courtney, winner of our previous giveaway contest!

Courtney will receive a free copy of SAVING GRACE by Jane Green!**

 

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[2/2/16 Update: Congratulations to Louise Reyna, winner of this giveaway contest!]

lemon cakeThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender

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“My mouth – always so active, alert – could now generally identify forty of fifty states in the product or meat I ate. I had taken to tracking those more distant elements on my plate, and each night, at dinner, a U.S. map would float up in my mind as I chewed and I’d use it to follow the nuances in the parsley sprig, the orange wedge, and the baked potato to Florida, California, and Kansas, respectively. I could sometimes trace eggs to the county” (p. 95).

As a child, I loved reading The Chocolate Touch, by Patrick Skene Catling. To me, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is the grown-up, quirky distant cousin of a childhood favorite. Instead of a greedy little boy who learns it really is possible to have too much of a good thing when everything he touches turns to chocolate, Aimee Bender offers us Rose Edelstein, a precocious little girl with a most unusual and unfortunate gift. To Rose’s great dismay, she learns she can taste emotions cooked and baked into her food.

Rose’s peculiar and unshakable ability might be tolerable if she weren’t surrounded by such an odd cast of characters. But that wouldn’t make for an interesting story, would it? Instead, Rose lives with a detached and clueless father, a melancholy and secretive mother, and an older brother who blends into the background most extraordinarily well. Rose finds grains of sanity in her friendship with Eliza, whose mother can be relied upon to cook happy tasting food, and her unlikely alliance with George, the surprisingly normal friend of her very strange brother.

In The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender accomplishes the extraordinary… she gives her food characters the same depth and development as many fiction authors give their human characters. The textures, flavors, scents, kitchen environment, and baker of Rose’s favorite lemon cake are described in several pages of detail, and lemon cake is just one food of many to receive such grand attention to detail. Foodies and fiction aficionados alike will enjoy this eccentric tale.

Here is a link to purchase this book online:  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake