The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste McHale

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko 


About the book:

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.

My Review:

The cover, title and description caught my attention when I saw this book on a list to read one day. I had put it on my “To Be Read” pile and pushed it to the top when I actually read that it was a little more gritty than I first had believed.

I loved the fact that the bookmark that came with the book had a recipe for the cake on it. I am really going to have to make it!

The topics in this fiction book were for sure about the bond of friendship overall. But in the meanwhile, they deal with hard topics such as adultery, cancer, marriage issues, among others.

I really wanted to really like this book, but while I am not a prude about language, I would prefer some words to never find a place in Christian fiction. Sadly, this book contained a couple of “A” words, “D” word, and a few other things that were more character issues that I struggled with seeing as normal in a Christian fiction book such as excessive drinking.

I really enjoyed the story, and found it much different than I expected. I was looking for more of a “Chick Lit” book, but instead found a book that dealt with love and friendship in hard things. I really enjoyed the friendship between the girls in the story.

I would not really recommend this book to anyone other than adults because of the topics addressed, and if they are expecting the language and are okay with that. The cover is absolutely gorgeous!



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