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Bread Alone (Bread Alone #1)

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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

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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published (first published June 1st 2001)
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Brandon Witt
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
bookczuk
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
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Kathy
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
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Jennuineglass
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
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Alexandra
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
Michael
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
Lance Charnes
Feb 22, 2012 Lance Charnes rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Krista
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
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Elisabetta
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
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Wendy Kendall
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
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Jody Paglia
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
Manda
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
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Maureen
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,
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Kelsey Stewart
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
Beth
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
Susan
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
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Amber
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.
Vivian
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
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
Wendi
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
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Julie
Yikes.

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.

Terri
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
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Linnea
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??
Delores
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.
Chu
Booooring!
Typical story of the woman who gets dumped by her husband for a more exciting woman. This one bakes bread to "heal" and meets another guy and Yupee every thing is super again...
Mark Warner
I was bored to death at work one day...I hunted around for something to read, and a friend gave me this book...she said I may not like it, "it's for women," but give it a try. Well, for some reason something clicked and I started experimenting with making my own bread...it seemed like an interesting thing to do, and I've always loved bread. That was a while ago, and I've had my own sourdough starter and a growing notebook of homemade recipes ever since....well, anyways, this is a pretty good boo ...more
Nicole B
Having gone through a divorce, this book resinated with me. I enjoyed the relationship between her co-workers and her. Great read!
Blaire
I was going to give this book 3 stars when I finished it, but it has stayed with me the last couple of days so I've boosted it to 4. Initially I was put off by the shallowness of the protagonist. As the story went on I became increasingly annoyed by her, probably because I saw something of myself in her at that age. The dramatic arc is a perceptive. if compressed, representation of the struggles many young women face in trying to find their balance in life. Apart from all that, I was engaged by ...more
Kelly Gladney
Didn't start off well because it just felt like a romance gone bad or whining woman pining for her husband who wants a divorce. I wish she would have started the book with where it went later on. Then maybe went back to the beginning stuff. I almost didn't keep reading it. But once I got past a certain area, I really got into it. Enjoyed the characters and identified with her relationship with her mother. Still kind of a romance but it's sprinkled with other stuff, even actual recipes, that made ...more
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