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Bread Alone (Bread Alone #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,454 Ratings  ·  481 Reviews
A deliciously magical and mouthwatering debut, Bread Alone is the uplifting journey of a woman whose entire life changes course when her husband announces one evening that their marriage no longer works for him.

Not suited for teaching high school and hopeless at selling real estate, thirty-one-year-old Wynter Morrison long ago gave up trying to find a suitable career and d

Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published (first published June 1st 2001)
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Brandon Witt
Sep 27, 2011 Brandon Witt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished Bread Alone and thought: "Wow, I loved this book. Why did I love this book?" It is one of those things I really should not have enjoyed as I did. There were no huge dramas, conspiracies, or epic adventures. In fact, most of it was simple conversations or private thoughts of the heroine, just everyday life. There are many bread recipes for crying out loud. And I loved every second of it. My friend Mel gave it to me to read after I got my heart thoroughly broken. Shattered, actually. Sh ...more
Once upon a time I was housebound with a couple boxes of Harlequin Romance novels from the 60's. We had intended to use them as kindling (though yes, burning books is very Fahrenheit..whatever).It was the dead of winter in an uninsulated cabin, what can I say (except that, trust me, books don't give much heat when you burn them).
Anyway, I read the books, all of them, before they went to their dreadful end. And I discovered that there were about 6 plots in all 300 books.

So, I think maybe there ar
Feb 08, 2015 Jennuineglass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foodie
Every now and then you come across a book that feels like it was written just for you, for this moment in your life. This is one of those books. It was like Ms. Hendricks lovingly wrote me a novel, years ago, where it waited all this time until I finally pulled a used copy from a dusty shelf in a second-hand store to be read when I would most strongly identify with her story. And I did.

This novel was a Seattle foodie love letter and I ate it all up in one sitting because it had all the things I
Sep 26, 2013 Alexandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so hard to get through. The first half of the book (seriously about 100 pages) is boring and nothing really happens. Wyn (short for Wynter, which is her middle name) is dealing with a failed marriage. And she mopes. And acts selfish and self-centered. That doesn't change for the entire book. She is not a likeable character. She's not strong, she doesn't really do anything to make her stand out. Was I supposed to feel sorry for her? Was I supposed to be rooting for her to find love ...more
Read June 2008, and at the time wrote:

Nice weekend read. I decided to drop the book at Muddy Waters today rather than try the recipes-- I have my favorites for all the ones listed already, just lack the time/inclination to make them. Maybe I'll be inspired now.

Don't know why Wyn was so surprised at the whole David vs Mac vs Gary thing...anyone with half a brain could pick the man most comfortable in his own skin, and with her leading a full and rewarding life.

The best part about looking up this
Feb 21, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book because it was written so well that it was almost like sharing times with a really good friend. The descriptive prose was engaging, at times humorous and in addition created a real sense of involvement with life in a bakery. Even bread-making recipes are included from time to time. The main character Wynter (Wyn) takes us through all her trials and tribulations as she endeavours to cope with events which almost overwhelm her. Her relationships with family, friends - in ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Krista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now, if I went over a synopsis of the book, you might get bored. Nothing earth shattering or original happens in the book. It's simply a book about life. The main character, Wyn, is basically thrown out of her husband's home and life. She moves in with a best friend in Seattle to try to re-coup. She takes a job baking bread and starts to grow.

What I loved about this book (besides the baking and the recipes!) was that it was about family, friends, and growth. Wyn is a sensible, loving woman who m
Jody Paglia
Jun 21, 2016 Jody Paglia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read for anyone who has had to reinvent themselves after being deserted by a spouse. The main character Wyn, finds herself alone and abandoned in the cruelest of fashions when her husband David, kicks her out of her home and quickly moves in another woman. She digs deep within herself as she finds solace in the menial task of baking bread. The story is filled with recipes and illustrations of the bread making trade, both with her current job and those based upon her earlier l ...more
Lance Charnes
Feb 22, 2012 Lance Charnes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of romances or downmarket chick-lit
Shelves: fiction-other
I read this while writing a story with a female main character. Bread Alone was presented to me as a good example of developing a central female POV character, as done by a female author. It showed me what I shouldn't do with my heroine.

Wynter is a 32-year-old Hancock Park trophy wife who gets dumped by the cheating rich spouse, weathers a series of mostly self-inflicted misfortunes, then finds fulfillment making bread in Seattle and bedding a tall-dark-and-handsome bartender. Other than the rec
Wyn loves her husband, but find out that he no more loves her and actually, he leaves for another girl. So 31 years old Wyn find herself alone, without a work, and without a real passion. But then there's bread, and making bread is the first step to move from an old, boring life to start a brand new one.

What I loved of this book is the fact that it express how simple things can change our life. Making bread is, to me, one of the most relaxing thing in life, so I could perfectly understand some o
Aug 16, 2016 Sonia189 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read
This was a good book. Like some reviewers have said, I liked it more than I would think but the end could have been as detailed as the plot moves the heroine did/begun. Quite the view on how to go through a divorce, how tiring it can be and how depressing... but life goes on.
I'd say this is 65% woman's fiction, 35% romance.
Wendy Kendall
Nov 02, 2014 Wendy Kendall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Bread Alone will give you that same warm and peaceful feeling you get the moment you catch the scent of newly baked bread. Inhale deeply. In this novel, the main character Wynter is faced with her husband’s unexpected announcement that their marriage is over. Wynter is at a life-altering point.

She moves from Los Angeles to Seattle, where most of the novel takes place. You’ll delight in reading about our familiar sights and culture. She tries to analyze her life situation and make some de
May 28, 2011 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Okay, the ending is predictable. Every novel I have read about how a woman copes when her marriage ends has ended in the same way, so no surprises there. But other than that this is a very good book, very readable, and almost pornographic in it's descriptions of bread. Oh how I wanted to eat some of the bread that she was creating!

I particularly like the turns of phrase in the book. I'd quote an example, but I have left the book upstairs. The experience of the woman in this book is fairly true t
This is not a book which will linger within your heart and soul for days or months after reading it, BUT, it is a book well-worth reading for the simple yet significant lessons it brings home . . . again - growth through adversity, triumph after failure, and heartbreak as a springboard for challenging new beginnings.

There is no momentous climax or any unique adventure within the story that gives one pause, yet the writing and main character (Wynter), someone so credible she could be my sister,
Kelsey Stewart
Jul 02, 2009 Kelsey Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now here's a setting I can hang with: the Pacific Northwest. Oh how I longed to be a pained divorcee, who could up and leave everything about her current metropolitan life and start anew in a small, rainy town. Romance novel? Yes, of course it is. It has all the makings. But it's a pretty damn good recipe. Plus, the book is filled with real recipes, from scones to muffins to genuine french bread. I actually keep this novel on my kitchen counter with my cookbooks...hoping to one day pry it open a ...more
Aug 20, 2009 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, romance
I'm really surprised because I thought that I would love this book, but I found it rather boring. The character talked more about bread-making or her time in France than she did her marriage, when that was supposed to be what spawned her whole "life transformation." She talked in detail of the present state of things with her soon to be ex husband, but I felt completely detached of detailed information about her marriage itself. The author clearly is a good writer, but I didn't think the story w ...more
Nov 20, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womans-fiction
Just finished this book and I really, really enjoyed it. It made me feel like I wanted to work in a bakery, making all those lovely breads, feel the texture of the dough, smell the yeast. This book also has some bread recipes and bread baking tips written into the narration.

I only had one small quibble with it - I was waiting for Wyn to just GET OVER her snake of a husband in spite of the fact she had two nice guys interested in her. But she still kept hoping to see him come crawling back to he
Aug 17, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A 3.5 for me. An enjoyable read. I desperately wanted to like this more than I actually did, particularly since I was intrigued by the subject matter. The entire book is well-paced with a lot of internal dialogue (of the heroine). However, this is not surprising considering that we are taking a journey with the heroine as she attempts to redefine her sense of self in her new life.

The bread recipes peppered throughout the book were a quirky touch; I may definitely try one out! So why not a highe
Jan 04, 2014 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me why I need a good foray into chicklit every now and then. While Bread Alone will not be a candidate for the Pulitzer, it was an easy, nostalgic read on a snowy weekend. Be warned though, you may find yourself eating large quantities of baked goods, longing to drink champagne with your best friend, craving Van Morrison tunes, and flirting shamelessly with blue collar men.
Mar 19, 2009 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an enjoyable read. The story about a 31 year old woman who gets dumped by her husband is neither new nor original. But in Ms. Hendricks' capable hands, we are treated to the tale of a wonderful character who comes into her own when she relocates and takes a job at a neighborhood bakery. Great secondary characters, witty dialogue and terrific recipes. I liked it so much I couldn't wait to dive into the follow up - The Baker's Apprentice. Treat yourself to two great reads. Ms. Hendricks has n ...more
The author writes very well indeed which makes the overall book a disappointment. The heroine is a spoiled, selfish woman who has just learned that her husband is divorcing her. It is easy to become involved with the emotional turmoil she is facing since she has no desire for a separation, much less a divorce. The book was to trace her journey of healing and a transformation. At the end of the day, she remains a spoiled, selfish woman who has used a lot of crude and coarse language as well impli ...more
Paula Dembeck
Wynter Morrison is the thirty-one year old wife of a handsome, impeccably dressed and successful man named David. He has lots of money, the right corporate friends and has steered his wife in the direction he needs to help his career. Wynter spends her days at charity events, dinners and cocktail parties with David’s contacts or potential clients, playing the consummate role of corporate wife, a well informed woman who can discuss anything or nothing depending on what the situation demands. She ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Wendi rated it really liked it
One of the reasons I love this book is because Wyn is very similar to me. The time I read this book I was going through a whole who am I, what is my purpose, what really makes me happy existential crisis thing. Wyn was my fictional twin. I completely understood where she was coming from and why.

I think this journey of finding oneself is appealing to people. Some won't find it appealing. And that's okay.

I think one of the problems people have with the book is that Wyn is resistant to change, in
Mar 03, 2016 MarielleMadden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I got this book at a campus booksale my first week of college, when I was terribly homesick and lonely myself. The title appealed to me and I saw that it included a few recipes when I flipped through, and that was too interesting to pass by. I'm grateful that I found this book, because it a) inspired a fascination with bread and breadmaking that has stayed with me to this day, b) kept me company and cheered me up during one of the saddest periods of my life, and c) managed to be one of the first ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, cooking

I can't think of anyone more annoying, in my recent reads, than Wynter what-s-her-name. Self-centered, self-pitying little twerp who deserves a good smack in the head with one of her baguettes. The novel is peopled by a host of paper-thin characters and the thinnest of plot lines. Not for me!

I did enjoy the recipes. They saved the book from a 1-star rating.

Feb 10, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a sucker for a good cover and I loved the quaint bakery with the red paint on the cover.

Wynter is encouraged and hustled over to meet David at a friend's party. He is blonde-ly handsome with gorgeous blue eyes. Wynter is not interested. Those sorts always disappoint- because they know they're so good looking. And she tells him so.

He shows up at her door anyway the next day, pizza in hand- not flowers which is just perfect for Wynter. She's smitten.

Eventually things do fall apart and it's th
Sep 20, 2013 Linnea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really a different kind of romance novel. I thoughly enjoyed the passion the heroine has for baking; all the characters she meets along the way; and her little guest cottage that she fixed up while living behind the old Victorian mansion. How's that for getting you interested in reading this first novel by Judi Hendricks??
I loved this story of a woman who finds she must start over again, when her marriage breaks up and she is forced to move on from the house and life she built with her husband. The author writes in a realistic style that depicts the main character, Wyn, in a manner that allows the reader to understand exactly how such circumstances could happen to such a smart woman. I love the character of Mac, and while I did not like Wyn's mother at all for most of the book, by the end her actions made sense a ...more
Aug 01, 2014 Delores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A charming summer read although after all the bread recipes, it made me wish it was winter and that I was curled up in front of a fire eating warm bread. As another reviewer stated, I enjoyed this book much more than I had anticipated. In the beginning if felt a little predictable but it ended up holding my interest. Told in the first person, Wyn is a likeable character who ends up doing a lot of soul searching to figure out how and why her life went wrong and how to create a life she wanted, no ...more
Rachell Taylor
I felt bad because my boss loaned me this book with such regard, and I just couldn't get through it. It's based mostly on a woman going through a sudden divorce, and I really could care less. The bits about bread were interesting, but few and far between.
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Judith Ryan Hendricks was born in San Jose, California, when Silicon Valley was the Santa Clara Valley, better known for orchards than for computer chips.
Armed with a degree in journalism, she worked as a journalist, copywriter, computer instructor, travel agent, waitress and baker before turning to fiction writing. Her experiences at the McGraw Street Bakery in Seattle led to her first novel, Br
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“I just don't know what's going on here, and when I'm uncomfortable, I get a bit...edgy.” 3 likes
“After he died, people would always say to me, "At least you have Wyn". She touches my arm. "But I didn't. There wasn't much left of you. And what there was, you weren't willing to share with me.” 3 likes
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