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The Secret to Hummingbird Cake - Celeste Fletcher McHale

Cell Phone Romeo.  That’s what Carrigan (Carri) calls the man she has been seeing.  Assuming that her husband was having an affair, she was just trying to even the scales.  But she’s not happy at this game, and Romeo is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.  She longs for what she and her husband, Jack, once had.  She doesn’t know where it went or why.  She thought their romance would last forever.  She’s sure she will love him for the rest of her life.

Thank God for close friends.  Laine and Ella Rae are her ‘forever’ friends.  They have known each other since they were children.  They share their deepest, darkest secrets with each other.  Laine is the ‘goody’ of the bunch seemingly wanting to bring both Callie and Ella Rae down to earth.  While they are both more on the vindictive side, Laine prefers to see the good in everyone.  She is as sure that Jack is not having an affair as Carri seems to believe he is.  But, Laine has a frightening secret of her own.  Soon all three will share in her pain.

A women’s fiction set in the deep south of Louisiana, this is humorous in parts and heartbreaking in parts.  Similar to books written by Fannie Flagg, the novel touches on heartbreak, love, friendship, and faith … a lot of faith.  I loved the character’s personalities.  They were friends, but not clones.  They all had distinct personalities.  They may argue and disagree, but they remained close no matter what.  They did tend to agree on Bethany who seemed to corner Jack a little too much.  Carri narrates, “Did this chick eat at all?  Probably all the time.  Another reason to be annoyed at her.  I wanted to drag her out to the parking lot and beat the crap out of her, but she’d probably even bleed cute.”  Rating: 4.5 out of 5.