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  • Writer's pictureKim Catron

The Secret of Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale

This was the first audio book I listened to on the start of my 31 hour solo road trip last week. I downloaded it free from my libary (Yes, I just discovered you can borrow audiobooks to download for free from libraries!)

I chose it because...I loved the title and thought the cover art was great. Most of us do choose books because we like the titles, and then if we like the titles we move on to looking at the cover; if we like the cover , we flip it over and read the back. If the back intrigues us we may read a page or two to see if the writing style will grip us. (You know the drill-- we all do it.)

At first listening I wasn't sure it was going to engage me enough. A little light and fluffy at the start, predictable. Three long time female friends, friendship,trials, in a small southern town. But, beggars can't be choosers on such a long, isolating car ride, so I had no choice but to stick it out. I was glad I did. About a quarter of the way in to it, the plot intensified, characters broke out of their stereotypes , writing became deepr, and I found it engaging.

You do eventually learn the "secret" of hummingbird cake (somewhat cheesy), but I am glad at least the secret was given.

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