By Bread Alone
Sarah-Kate Lynch
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Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM By Sarah-Kate Lynch

Love, loss, and the redemptive power of breadmaking are the irresistible ingredients in this warm, witty novel by the author of Blessed Are the Cheesemakers.
  • Title: By Bread Alone
  • Author: Sarah-Kate Lynch
  • ISBN: 9780446696272
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback


Beth Peninger Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
This is my second Sarah-Kate Lynch book. As with "Blessed are the Cheesemakers" she weaves a wonderful story around a food item. Certain foods don't take just skill and knowledge to make but they take passion, love, care. It truly makes a difference. I bake and I will only do so when I feel "the love" otherwise my baking turns out slightly off, tasting not quite so good, lacking depth. You might think I'm just sayig that but I assure you it is true. By Bread Alone is about the art of breadmaking [...]
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Kathryn Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
By Bread Alone is a well written, well thought out story. Esme is a woman in crisis, although she'd rather everyone around her thought she is fine. Her husband Pog misses the sourdough bread she is so good at baking, her father-in-law grumps at her, her grandma gives her some advice and her four year old son Rory prefers to call her Esme.The family lives in a tall house, called House of the Clouds, with the kitchen at the top in Suffolk. There has been some effort made to live an idyllic country [...]
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Henriikka Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
This book did something I hate. For the first three quarters it has me hate the protagonist from the bottom of my guts and feel absolutely no compassion for her. I as a reader am given absolutely no reason to feel for her, and want her to succeed. Flashbacks from her past just strengthen this. You were nineteen, for God's sake.Then, after the three quarters, the protagonist's personality and deeds are redeemed by a tragic event that, had it been told earlier and in a more eloquent way than a fla [...]
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Jill Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
I liked it, but I didn't love it. I fell for all the tricks, which is a good sign. Three things though:1.) The level of suspension of disbelief is very, very, very high. Given her circumstances, her choices don't add up. 2.) The character of Pog, the husband, isn't believable. I'd bet money the author set him up as a similar character to her own husband, highlighting his best qualities. I didn't like him because he lacked flaws other than a being dull (to me, not the main character) and having a [...]
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Kiwiflora Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
I love Sarah-Kate Lynch's novels. They have at their core an item of food or drink - cheese, champagne, bread, baking, honey, or have a backdrop of food - and love. All so delicious, a tasty treat, with surprises and a bit of magic thrown in.In this story, it is the sourdough starter which is the magic ingredient - 'the living, breathing, bubbling mixture of the past and the present that added to every batch of flour and water to turn it inot the future.' It is the starter that forms the link f [...]
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Amber Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
The bits about baking and the historical aspects were intresting, but the story of the main character Esme was annoying. Very much in the same way as the character from Eat, Pray, Love. This would be a good book for a plane ride or a beach read where you can skim for the parts that are intresting otherwise I would not waste your time. Totally not worth the late fees I incurred to finish this book.
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Patricia Williams Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
This was another really good love story. I've been reading a lot of these lately but if they're good, I love them. This one had a story going on that you did not learn about until the middle of the book, then there was another twist at the end that I did not see coming at all. I have read another book by this author "Blessed are the Cheesemakers" which was very good also. I will read more books by this author.
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Lanette Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
Ugh. This was just not a good book. Her others are so much better. DO NOT LET THIS BE THE FIRST Sarah-Kate Lynch book you read. Otherwise, you won't want to read any of her others.
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Kirsten McKenzie Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
Delightful. Cringing. Sad. Modern. Hopeful.Grab the tissues and read this.A mother, an employee, a wife, a lover, a bread maker, a grandaughter, a friend, an enemy. We are all of these things and so is Esme the protagonist of this story. And like all of us at some stage Esme thinks life used to be better, the grass greener, and so her decision making suffers.The rose coloured memories of our first love sit dusty in the back of our minds, but in Esme's, the memories of her first love, Louis, star [...]
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Patricia Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
A nice quirky read and I want to try the Sour Dough recipe.
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Rory Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
No matter if you've dearly loved one of Sarah-Kate Lynch's novels, as I have recently with "The Wedding Bees," the first of hers that I read, she tends to do something utterly frustrating at the beginning of her novels. With "The Wedding Bees," it was not using American vernacular in the early pages in what was clearly an American setting, yet in hindsight, with all the joy and love and happiness that novel contained, it was all right and actually made sense.This time, in "By Bread Alone," Lynch [...]
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Regina Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
Another wonderful read by probably my favorite author, Sarah-Kate Lynch. This one, set in England and France, tells the tale of Esme, who has faced terrible pain in her life, and wonders what it would be like if she was still with her first love. As with Lynch's other books, there is a food/drink focus - this time sourdough bread. And, as when I read "Blessed are the Cheesemakers" and "House of Daughters", I found that I absolutely had to run to the store to satisfy my taste buds! One thing - if [...]
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Sue Kozlowski Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
Awesome! I loved it and couldn't put it down. Esme lives England with her husband and son Rory. Esme had an affair with a baker Louis when she was younger. She now meets up with him in London again. There was something about this story that I loved.
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Christina Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
I loved the author's previous book which I found whimsical and delightful (i.e. "Blessed are the Cheesemakers")This book was a disappointment after that reading experience.
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Melissa Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
Lynch smartly used flashbacks to lead us through the story. It was easy to be romanced by her first love, just like she was. I actually cried in the end; for all the characters.
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Chris Conley Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
Sarah-Kate Lynch has a delightful way of mixing food and love and a tiny bit of mysticism and creating a terrific book.
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Rowena Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
A third of the way into the book and I simply can not, will not finish it. I'm tossing pages into the wood stove. The worst kind of chick-lit ever.
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Josefa Wann Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
I read a couple of her books and I really liked them. I didn't care so much for this one. I disliked the main female character, she was selfish and annoying, her husband was a saint.
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Roberta Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
La parte migliore di questo romanzo è senza dubbio quella relativa al meraviglioso pain au levain, ovvero pane preparato con il lievito madre (o pasta madre). Il lievito madre è un impasto di farina, acqua, e zuccheri che, mescolati insieme fermentano spontaneamente. Va tenuto attivo provvedendo periodicamente a sostituire una parte del lievito madre con una nuova dose di farina ed acqua. Quando si vuole preparare il pane, bisogna utilizzare il lievito madre nella misura di circa un terzo risp [...]
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The Cats Mother Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
What a disappointment. I absolutely loved "Blessed are the cheese makers" by this author, so was looking forward to something similarly heart-warming. Instead, we get a heroine who is shallow, bitchy, vain, selfish and jealous. I have a particular loathing for books about women who are living the Chick-lit Happy Ever After - in this case a quirky house by the sea with a handsome successful husband, baking her own bread and growing her own veges, because she doesn't have to work - and all she doe [...]
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Elizabeth Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
A half-baked "Bridget Jones" wanna-be tale filled with cutesy slang and annoying implausible characters. The story meandered between being a joyous romp and a maudlin romance. The sourdough bread that was featured throughout the book probably sounds good to people who don't bake bread. But two giant flaws in the bread section drove me mad: 1) the instruction to oil the rising bowl and 2) the fact that a seasoned baker would slice into a loaf of sourdough just out of the oven. There is no way tha [...]
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Pythia Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
All'inizio è un po' lento e oscuro, ci ho messo un po' a farmi prendere dalla storia: poi un po' alla volta sono rimasta impastata come il sale nel pane e non me ne sono affatto pentita.Tra un presente di dolore e rinascita, con due eventi che hanno sconvolto la vita dei protagonisti, di cui uno si sa che è avvenuto ma non se ne parla, mentre dell'altro si intuisce la presenza ma non si riesce ad inquadrare fino alla fine, e un passato di ricordi dolceamari, le vicende di Esme e della sua bizz [...]
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Emily Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
i decided to read this book because my friend recomended it to me and said it was really good. it fits into the category ' a book written by a New Zealander' which is a interesting category because its one of our own authors favourite quote from this book is "“Help!” she gasped, as the hoof beats got closer. The Goat had very pointy horns, after all, and hysteria was snatching at her as she imagined those horns piercing her bottom and removing big chunks" because it makes me laugh. i learned [...]
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Adrian Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
I connected solidly with the idea that when you're completely stressed out by the present, it's easy to decide that the past is where you really used to be happy, and you put yourself and your present life in danger of death-by-nostalgia. Fortunately for this miserable heroine, she gets the opportunity to return to a past love and figures out that the present is where it's at, and that shared history (both happy and sad) makes for greater happiness than nostalgia. Agrees with my own life experie [...]
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Lynn Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
I would actually give this one 3 and 1/2 stars. It was a fun read. The author is getting better, in my opinion. Though some of what was going on was supposed to turn out to be surprising, I thought it was obvious. That was ok though as it really took nothing away from the story, as far as I am concerned. What we dream about, how we handle loss, especially the worst loss imaginable, the meaning of family (even when it is unconventional)and friendship are all explored with varying degrees of succe [...]
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Deb Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
If there were 3.5's I would give this book that rating. Having read another of the author's books, House of Daughters, I bought some of her other books. I found this one a bit hard to get into and I would read a few chapters, then set it aside and read another book. Finally, it seemed to kick in about halfway through and I ended up really enjoying it and finishing it in a couple days. Funny and sad at the same time, it also makes me--the non-bread baker want to make a starter and bake pain au le [...]
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Kammy Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
There are parts of this book I really loved: the description of bread-making, the quirky family living together, and Esme's reflections on her life. I enjoyed reading the story and stayed up until 2 to finish it off. But there were some pretty big things I didn't like: mentioning the family's "heartbreak" over and over but not revealing it until halfway through, too many details during the intimate scenes, and a couple of the choices Esme makes. Another plus--a happy ending.
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
I started this book to counterbalance reading We wish to inform you tha tomorrow we will be killed with our families, but it turned out that By Bread Alone, despite its gentle title and lovely cover, is a pretty dark book, too. The characters were quirky and the plot was just slightly to the left of expected. There was a small forced quality to the story that made me lower my overall evaluation of it, but while it detracts from the book, it does not ruin the book.
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Jeri Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
By the author of Blessed are the Cheesemakers, I wasn't disappointed. Esme, a winsome young girl loves to bake bread. She falls for a handsome baker in France who, predictably, leaves her because he's marriedLater she's somewhat happily married in England, has two sons, and continues to bake bread as a homemaker until one day she just quitse book starts slowly but ends wonderfully full of sadness, dreams and the soothing healing of bread
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Sonja Oct 30, 2020 - 21:39 PM
After reading Blessed are the Cheesemakers, I really wanted to like this book. I tried. I looked for characters I could like. The pain and conflict experienced by the protagonist was just too present. It swamped the rest of the book although it did get fully resolved by the end of the book. The ending was perfectly acceptable and everyone ended better than they started. The book is probably a great book, and I'm just not the target audience.
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By Bread Alone By Sarah-Kate Lynch Love, loss, and the redemptive power of breadmaking are the irresistible ingredients in this warm, witty novel by the author of Blessed Are the Cheesemakers.

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