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Gardenias for Breakfast

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"Everybody has a story. You listen to that story, Honeygirl, and your story will come find you."
Her Grand Lady spoke these words when Abby was just a girl, spending the summer in rural Louisiana, surrounded by an extended, loving family. She's been listening carefully ever since.
Now Abby is raising her own family thousands of miles away. And even though Hawaii might seem
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 14th 2005 by Thomas Nelson
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Jun 07, 2008 Amanda rated it did not like it
If only I had the option to give zero stars. Trite, sentimental, predictable plot.
Jul 17, 2010 JoAnn rated it did not like it
Shelves: christian
I was asked to read this book by some women at church. I hold Christian fiction to a higher standard.
Unlike some people I was not pulled in by the first sentence, but by the mention at the end of the prologue that Grand Lady had said something to crush Hannah's spirit and that that was the day the storyteller, Abby, had found her story.
The misunderstanding that crushed Hannah's spirit was such a ridiculous issue that I can only ascribe it to the fact that Hannah is in the throes of puberty. And
Nov 17, 2012 Candace rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read for me. I was buoyed by Gunn's Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen series in adolescent and teen years so to read something of hers that wasn't affiliated with those characters was odd at first. I feel like the description is a little misleading. I didn't feel that Grand Lady crushed Hannah's spirit, even though the incident ended really well and was what Abby was hoping for all along. I thought there was going to be a more revealing secret when Grand Lady was talking ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
I could relate to this one due to my relationship with my grandmother so that is why I rated this one as I did. I liked seeing how Abby slowly realizes that the memories we've built up in our minds about people and places often turn out to be very much glorified. I think that is a very natural response when we're trying to hold onto good memories and block out bad ones, and this book portrayed that well. I loved the fiery, independent attitude of the grandmother one minute with the apologetic, ...more
Mother and daughter bonding story.

Abby has the great opportunity to drive her brother's expensive SUV across the US from Washington to Georgia (his family's going on a business trip to Europe and when they get back to the States they want to drive up the east coast). She's excited for living in Hawaii has given her a bout of homesickness for the mainland and her Grand Lady. She brings along her 12 year old daughter, Hannah, so she can meet Grand Lady and have the experience Abby had when she was
Jul 13, 2009 Fonda rated it it was amazing
How can I resist a story that begins with the quote..."Everybody has a story. You listen to that story, Honeygirl, and your story will come find you."?

Wonderful book that took me less than 24 hours to read and yet is taking me days to digest. I can't stop thinking about how mothers and daughters and their stories affect each other so deeply. Even our fears are born of some 'life event' that we may not even remember without the Lord's prompting.

A story of the everyday happenings in a family that
Aug 11, 2013 Mindy rated it really liked it
Abby's childhood summer in the south with Grand Lady was a blessing and a fairytale - one that she so wanted her daughter, Hannah, to experience. But the trip from Maui to Louisiana was expensive, and there was no way they could afford it. But she could dream and pray and wish. When her prayer is answered, Abby and Hannah take a trip of a lifetime - not just a road trip but a relationship journey. Not everything is as you remember from when you are little, and sometimes it can give you insight ...more
Jan 07, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.

..."Everybody has a story. You listen to that story, Honeygirl, and your story will come find you."? And so the book begins.

A mother and daughter fly to the states from Hawaii and set off on a cross country drive to visit their "Grand Lady" in Louisana. The trip brings guardian angels, self awareness, realizations, and long kept secrets to life. Heart issues are dealt with and the bond between them is strengthened as a result of the trip. The book represents the strong bond t
Heather Milburn
Jul 27, 2007 Heather Milburn rated it did not like it
I grew up reading Robin Jones Gunn's Christy Miller series. I always LOVED those books and remember waiting with baited breath for each one to be released.
When she converted to writing adult novels, I was very excited and enjoyed several of the books she wrote. This one, however, was so slow and uninteresting. I forced myself to stick it out, which I generally don't do if I feel it's not worth the time. It also had a ton of grammatical errors that the editor failed to catch, which distracted me
Julie Barrett
Jul 25, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
gardenias for breakfast by robin jones gunn
a daughter and her mom on vacation from Hawaii, come to Seattle and with her brothers van head to see the US, on their way to have the daughter meet
the grandmother in Louisiana for the first time. they get to experience a lot of new things, snow, birth of a llama, death of a dog, getting her brothers car
to Louisiana, desert and other terrains, car problems,
they also get to bond while on this trip staying with other family members for a night as well.
Sep 09, 2009 TJ rated it really liked it
This is a good book for moms of daughters, especially those who have mother-daughter struggles in their families and want to break the cycle. I'm lucky and blessed that my mom and I have overcome that problem in our family, and my own experience with forgiveness, seeking to understand and be understood, and finding the magic while overlooking the clay feet of our relatives (uh, including my own!) was similar to what Robin writes about.

Good book for those gals who want to 'put on their big girl b
Jun 08, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I love Gunn's descriptive language and felt as if I were a fly on the wall throughout the entire mother-daughter adventure. I laughed, I cried, I made mental notes for my future...haha. I totally recommend this to anyone who loves reading about travel, family ties, and relationships! Even though there wasn't any romance, it wasn't missed because of the intriguing plot and interesting characters!
May 11, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This is an easy read with a powerful message if you are ready to hear it! Talks about the interesting relationships between mothers and daughters and how it affects you as an individual as well as your relationship with your children. Powerful message is inferred through out! Thought provoking in the context of a fiction story.
May 13, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing

Travel and relationships. :) I do, however, agree with other reviews that say Hannah's voice is too young for a twelve year old. I'd put her more as a sheltered nine year old. My daughter was sheltered as a homeschooler, but still knew those things at nine.
Jun 06, 2011 Danielle rated it it was amazing
This book was a great tribute to families and the intricacies of relationships over the years. We are all shaped by what has come before but it doesn't necessarily define who we are now... it's just part of who we are.
Feb 05, 2009 Michele rated it it was amazing
This was a sweet, gentle book that explored the multi-generational relationships of three women. I found myself in its pages. I am so glad I discovered it. Wonderful little book. I read it in 3 hours.
Apr 07, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
Very good book; gained some real family insight while travelling cross-country with a mom and daughter.
Jun 26, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
My mom loaned me this book - interesting that it was about mothers/daughter relationships. Basically about forgiveness - a very good lesson to learn.
Aug 11, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was ok
Good, clean, not fun. Nothing great ever happens. Just a story of a mom and daughter taking a road trip to go see "Grand Lady." Lame.
Dec 29, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
This book is a beautiful story about the intracacies of relationships, especially between mothers and daughters.
Apr 06, 2015 Jenni rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Pretty usual chick lit, but taking on the sometimes rather complicated relationships between women -- mothers and daughters. Not exceptional, but a nice read anyway.
Nov 28, 2008 Doreen rated it it was amazing
Great work of fiction, involving a woman's relationship with her daughter, and mother, and healing.
Georgia Herod
May 07, 2016 Georgia Herod rated it really liked it
I wrote this shortly after reading the novel, but I think I must have taken the following from the blurb or back cover. Please note that acknowledgement!

Abby, the main character, lives with her family in Hawaii. Because they don’t often get back home to New Orleans, she is thrilled when her brother offers to pay airfare for her and her daughter Hannah, 12, so that Abby can drive a car cross-country for him. She’s especially thrilled to be able to visit her 92-year-old Grand Lady, who had been v
Sep 19, 2013 Joan rated it liked it
Gardenias for Breakfast is a novel that takes a mother and daughter (Charlotte and Hannah) on a road trip to Louisiana. They live in Hawaii but are given the chance to do a favor for Charlotte's brother by driving his SUV to Louisiana for him. She decides it would be an opportune time to introduce her daughter to extended family and to experience the same passion she had for the south and for her Grandmother with whom she spent much time as a young girl. Charlotte has many memories of being with ...more
May 17, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the light fluff of this novel about love and grudges between generations of women in a family spread across the US. Lovely images and characters make bearable a book with trite plotting and a 12-year-old daughter who is unbelievable at best.

No 12-year-old, no matter how sheltered, thinks "apparatus" is a curse word that means donkey, and no reader buys that scene as the soul-crushing dilemma of her character arc, or her mother's. In the end, the themes of forgiveness and identity are
Jul 08, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it
I liked the basic story, but there were several things that bothered me. The daughter who was supposedly 12 seemed awfully young in her speech and thoughts sometimes. I really didn't buy the whole confusing of the word apparatus. I don't think my seven year old would do that. The whole starting her period storyline I could do without too. I think this book would have been better if it had fleshed out the problems between Abby and her mother, Her mother and her grandmother and so on. We didn't ...more
Jul 08, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book as I had a great relationship with my grandmother and wanted the same for my daughter. Although we didn't take a road trip to visit her, we did enjoy our rime together. I am glad that Abby finally remembered the wedge between her and her mothers relationship and let Hannah stay with her a couple of weeks to get to know her better. All in all a good clean Christian read.
Feb 01, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
While this book was slow in the sense that it didn't compel me to turn the pages because the story line was incredibly gripping, it was a nice book, and quick read. It was a sweet story about the generational bonds that connect grandmothers, mothers, and their daughters throughout the generations. I quite enjoyed it.
Aug 07, 2012 Brandy rated it liked it
I liked this book buttoo many religious references for me. THat what kind of writer she is but sometimes it's a little overwhelming. This book wasn't as bad as some of the others though. The story was a good story though. The one thing that bothers me about her is how she takes so few risks with her story and characters.
Joy Gerbode
Apr 12, 2015 Joy Gerbode rated it really liked it
What a wonderful story of a mom and daughter on a lovely road trip together, each working through personal issues of their own lives, and together working through some family issues. The wisdom of the young daughter is amazing as she helps her mom work through her issues ... and the wisdom passed down from the grandmother is equally fantastic.
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ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of over 90 books with more than 5 million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Her Father Christmas books are a Hallmark Original movie. Her popular Christy Miller series now continues in Christy & Todd: The Married Years. Robin's novels and non-fiction works have received multiple awards and are a favorite with book clubs and study groups. Robin and ...more
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