Christmas Cake - Lynne Hinton (2009)

Margaret, Beatrice, Louise and Jessie are close friends who reside in Hope Springs, North Carolina. The women, who are all members of the cookbook committee of the Hope Springs Community Church, are holding a Christmas cake recipe contest. Margaret, the heart and soul of the group, learns a few weeks before Christmas that her breast cancer has returned and has spread to other organs. Margaret tells her friends that all she wants for Christmas is to visit her deceased mother's hometown in Texas. So the best friends set off in a stolen funeral parlour van across country to fulfill Margaret's wish. Charlotte, the former pastor of Hope Springs Community Church, meets them in Texas for support. Continuing the Hope Springs series, this is a beautifully written holiday story about friendship that you will not be able to put down. (AO)

In pastor Lynne Hinton's continuing series, the ladies of Hope Springs, North Carolina, are making plans for a cake cookbook - a project that will hopefully lift the spirits of Margaret whose cancer has returned. All she wants this Christmas is to visit her mother's Texas hometown . . . and to see their absent friend, pastor Charlotte Stewart, who left Hope Springs to run a battered women's shelter. So impulsive Beatrice commandeers a very inappropriate van to transport Margaret, Louise and Jessie across the country for a reunion. The release of Christmas Cake coincides with a re-released edition of first book Friendship Cake with its fresh cover and more recipes. Other books in the series are Hope Springs and Forever Friends. The next book, Wedding Cake, is due out next year.

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