Book Review: The Secret to Hummingbird Cake


Title: The Secret to Hummingbird Cake

Author: Celeste Fletcher McHale

Publication: Thomas Nelson

Length: 304 pages

Plot- When all else fails, turn to the divine taste of hummingbird cake.
In the South you always say “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am.” You know everybody’s business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food—especially dessert— is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family— even if the threat is something you cannot see. In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you’ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws . . . from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you’re lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way.

Favorite Quote: ‘It’s not how long you live; it’s what you leave behind’

The book is about three childhood friends who are devoted to their friendship. The key characters in the book are Carriagan, Ella Rae and Lanie. The narration is from Carriagan’s point of view. Each of them has a very peculiar character. Carrigan is a fierce, bold house wife who married the love for her life, Jack, at the age seventeen until one day she finds out that her marriage is in a great turmoil. Ella Rae, is a easy going woman, happily married to Tommy. She is capable of punching anyone who bothers her loved ones. Lanie is a goody two shoes, always helping out people, an angel in disguise who makes the best humming bird cake in the whole wide world. These three women are joined by the hip since childhood.

At the beginning it feels as if the book is about girl pals doing girly things like gossiping, discussing their married lives, sharing their insecurities, etc until one day their lives change. They realize that nothing will ever be the same again. Every character in the book is well molded. The trio is amazing and makes you longing for such friends in your life. They stand by each other to thick and thin, right and wrong, life and death… any maybe beyond.

The story is devastating and assuring at once. It teaches us that everything does not need an explanation. We just have to make terms with it to lead a peaceful life. This book made me laugh, this book made me cry. The book surely churned a lot of emotions in me. This is definitely one of the best books I have read in a long time.

Ratings: 4/5

I received the  copy of this manuscript from the BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.


Date a Girl Who Loves Sitcoms

Now since I am writing a blog about this you will definitely know that I simply love watching Sitcoms in my spare time. Well, I say spare time now cause of all the work thing going on.  Anyway I have realised that girls who watch sitcoms are much more interesting and far better life partners. Don’t you think so? In case you disagree, I will give you few of the many reasons to justify this.

Sitcoms addicts are a different breed altogether. We ain’t  word leaders or great thinkers. But damn it, we can get through seasons at record speed. We definitely aren’t for the faint hearted. But if you do stick around; boy, are you in for a ride.

We might probably leap out of bed on the day of a season premier with a level of excitement that would suggest that the cast is about to materialize out of the TV set and into the living room to give a live performance. Ditto for every season finale, every normal episode in between and most probably, even the reruns.(I wish I had that time) But the patience with which we wait through every cushy season break and the even more spaced out mid-season breaks that the writers throw you way, ought to let you know that we aren’t afraid to wait – No matter how long it takes, we will be waiting for you with a smile. Just like with we wait for our favourite shows, we know that all good things are worth the wait/

We are going to talk in a language consisting solely of references to the gags of our favourite shows. And pointing out the side-effects of yelling ‘Legend-wait for it-DARY’ in a public place is probably going to be a embarrassing for you.  But the commitment with which we stick by the shows, no matter how twisted the story gets; that indefatigable spirit which lets us find something worth salvaging Once together, we ain’t going to give up on you. Because real life isn’t always perfect, much as we’d like it to be.

You need to understand why we spend so much time and energy analysing the lives of people we’ve never met, why we take every series finale as a personal loss and when you understand that shows hold so much importance it is not so much for the gags but because all the Central Perk & MacLarens outings remind us to cherish our own friends. Because I’ll Be There For You is not just some catchy song that makes for a cool ringtone; a girl who loves sitcoms will always stand by her friends. No questions asked.

 The outtake of every episode is being filed away in our brain, so that the day the One comes along, we can make ours an epic love story. Because the day you understand that is the day that the shows will take a backseat and we won’t have to ‘wait-for-it’ anymore; for we would have found ourself a new sitcom based on her life, one that will come before everything else.*



A Cocktail Themed Spinster!

I am feeling so excited while writing my first post for Just For Fun segment. Well recently I had planned a Spinster party
for my best friend who turned out to be a beautiful bride on 19th of January.
Unlike birthdays, anniversaries, etc., a spinster party happens only once in a life time. That is why it can be nothing less then awesome! The burden of planning the party exactly the way the to-be- bride wishes for lies mainly on the Brides Maid (That’s me)
So finally after giving it a lot of think, we settled for a cocktail theme party. Descriptively, the theme was cocktail, masquerade ball with a Dress Code: Blue or Black Cocktail Dresses.
A tiny brides made kit of a mask, whistle, fur & badges and loads of food, fun & friends.


Well, the party was a big surprise for a Bride. One by one we rolled out the games. To sum it all the party was what any girl would want Hot Dresses + Food+ Games+ Friends+ Girls time!

The Name Tagging Session