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Gardenias for breakfast
Robin Jones Gunn
Adult Fiction GUNN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The versatile Gunn, the bestselling author of more than 53 books (Sister Chicks Do the Hula, etc.), offers readers of inspirational fiction an entertaining foray into the South and an intriguing look at the intergenerational relationships of women. Hannah has just turned 12 when her mother, Abby, takes her from their home in Maui to be blessed by her 92-year-old "Grand Lady"-Hannah's great-grandmother-in Louisiana. As they travel across the United States, they connect with various relatives, including Abby's estranged mother. Abby longs for her grandmother and Hannah to bond with each other, discovering that she herself is desperate for Grand Lady's approval. "It's funny whom we end up choosing to love and who ends up choosing to love us. It's rarely the people we think it should be," says Su Ling, Hannah's aunt. Although occasionally the descriptions falter ("Hannah was the dew-kissed rosebud about to curl back her first tender petals"), rich regional details spice up the story, and Gunn does a fine job fleshing out her characters. Faith fiction readers will especially enjoy the flitting appearances of an angel, who takes bodily form as a large black man carrying two white chickens, and also as a janitor. The ending is anticlimactic, given the prologue's promise, but still satisfying. This is one of Gunn's best offerings to date. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

When Abby was a child, Louisiana was a magical oasis where she spent time with her loving grandmother, the "Grand Lady," with whom she connected in a way she never could with her own mother. Now an adult and living in Hawaii with a daughter of her own, Abby longs for 12-year-old Hannah to bond with the "Grand Lady." When the opportunity arises for Abby and Hannah to take a cross-country trip to Louisiana, Abby is thrilled until she finds that the elderly lady cannot live up to her memories. Instead, Hannah is more interested in spending time with Abby's mother. But the "Grand Lady" still has wisdom to impart to Abby about understanding and forgiveness. In this above-average mother-daughter tale, Gunn (Sister Chicks in Sombreros) subtly gets across her message of acceptance while providing a satisfying read. Recommended for public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Abby
Estranged from her mother; living in Hawaii; wants Hannah to bond with her great-grandmother.

Age: 12
Abbby's daughter.

Grand Lady
Age: 92
Abby's grandmother; Hannah's great-grandmother.

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