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It’s 1933 and Mabel just wants to bake bread. She leaves the cold shack she shares with her father for the warmth of her kneading table at Cameron’s store and gets caught in a snow storm, sparking events that expose the raw humanity of those around her. Loyalty and betrayal, guilt and shame, and faith and doubt collide as the dirty secrets of the bleak coal mining community throw lives into turmoil. A series of brutal attacks, a murder, and an ambitious sergeant intent on seeing someone hang, reveal a town, oppressed as much by its dreary prospects, as it is by its institutionalized corruption, sexism and racism. Mabel just wants to bake bread, but she has her own secrets to protect. The Bread Maker is a rich, beautifully told narrative that seamlessly weaves humour and tragedy into a touching story about life, love and the potential of the human spirit to overcome great odds.

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    A wonderful journey.

    The Bread Maker was a great read from beginning to end. The writing captured my imagination as I watched Mabel's story unfold before me. I loved my ereader version so much that I am gifting hard copies for Christmas. Hard to believe this is a first novel!

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    The Breadmaker

    I simply loved this book. Moira Macleod has a wonderful gift! She constructed people for us to look in on. Each time I opened the book I followed her to a place where she laid bare life and the intertwined paths it takes. Complicated lives despite it being supposedly "simpler times". Sometimes, because I got so involved with the characters, I even felt like I was intruding. That was really nice; and very rare piece of writing, to make the reader feel so attached to the characters. The setting of the coal town was familiar to me. But this could have been anywhere in that period. The story was set in, but not about, a small struggling town. Rather, it was a story about people. People who were confronted by some of the same challenges that endure today. The crests of anguish and the troughs of joy . It was a story of coping. Some were heroes and some were cowards, but that is how they coped! Each in their own way. You felt it! That is what Moira MacLeod did best, she made you live the struggles and emotions. Funny enough, when I was finished the book, I wished my own mother was alive to read it; so, I guess it is about family, too! The book is a gift. Read it!!

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