Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale

Another treat for you, Friends! The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale is one of those books that reaches down and touches your soul.

Carrigan, Ella Rae, and Laine have been best friends since kindergarten. Told from Carrigan's POV, the story follows these inseparable women as they do life together, through the good, the hilarious, the bad, and the heartbreaking. This book will make you belly laugh on one page and weep on the next. It will touch your heart, and force you to step back and reexamine your own life. It is raw, it is real, and it is beautiful. Well written, it flowed nicely, and was a quick read.  I was captivated from the very first page, and I literally stayed up all night to finish it. I have no regrets.

This book touches on the best and worst parts of life - the joy and depth of friendship, the humor of daily life, the struggles of marriage and relationships, and the pain of hardships. In doing so, the characters do mildly curse occasionally (a**, d***, h***), but it is not gratuitous and done in a way that sounds like a normal conversation. There is also not overt Christianity, but the themes are there in the background, though at times it felt as though a little more would have been helpful to the characters (though again, it goes back to it being real).

Overall a fantastic book that most will enjoy. Again, it seems to be geared more towards the mainstream audience, rather than the Christian one, but I think both can find things to like about this book.

*** I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.***

I hope you all enjoy it!

Sarah K.