The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale (review by Cathy)

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake

From Goodreads

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:

I absolutely loved this book!  Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop!   It’s one of those “I’ll just read one more chapter before I go to bed” books.

I laughed and cried with Carrigan, Ella Rae and Laine.  I loved these characters so much.  They were imperfect and that’s what made them so real to me.  I would definitely want to hang out with them and have a big slice of hummingbird cake.

The author certainly keeps the story moving at a great pace and doesn’t sugarcoat things at all.  I liked that and it made for one of the best books I’ve read in quite some time.

I was surprised to learn that this is a debut novel!  I look forward to reading more from Celeste Fletcher McHale.

For those of you curious about the Secret to Hummingbird cake, you’ll cry when you find out what it is!  I know I did.

This is a definite 5-star book.  It probably will not get that rating from some readers due to some profanity and situations.

I received a copy of this book from publisher for an honest opinion, which I have given.


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