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Review: The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale

Review: The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale

The Secret to Hummingbird CakeThe Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale

Published February 9th, 2016 by Thomas Nelson.

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Rating: ★★★★★

“Why won’t you just tell me what’s in that cake?” I’d been trying to get Laine’s recipe for years. We all had. 

When all else fails, turn to the divine taste of hummingbird cake.

In the South, you always say “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am.” You know everybody’s business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food—especially dessert— is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family— even if the threat is something you cannot see.

In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you’ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws . . . from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you’re lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way. (Goodreads)

This novel was a bit like a homecoming. Although it was set in Bon Dieu Falls, Louisiana it really could have been set in any southern town because it really had those southern vibes weaved throughout the story. As someone born in Aiken, South Carolina I appreciated this story for its southern charm, lingo, honesty, and just down right flair. Another great thing about The Secret to Hummingbird Cake is the female friendship of Carrigan, Laine, and Ella Rae. It honestly felt like I was reading about real people who had been friends forever. I wanted to be friends with them.

It’s not all southern charm and hummingbird cake though, there are some real doozies too. This is one to surely keep you on your toes and wishing the best for these women. I laughed, I cried, and this story is sticking with me. Celeste Fletcher McHale reminded me that the South is not just a place, it’s a lifestyle. I suggest having tissues and your best friend(s) handy before diving into this one.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review from The Fiction Guild.

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