Angel Tugazara makes a living as a baker, selling beautiful cakes from her home. In an area where AIDS and genocide have taken so many lives, sometimes, as Angel states, it is hard to find a reason for people to celebrate with a special cake.
Even Angel and her husband, Pius, have experienced the pain of loss. They are raising their five orphaned grandchildren. Still Angel has a special way of helping her customers to work through their sadness in any way she can; she even does a bit of matchmaking. In the process, Angel's customers help her to deal with her own demons, and to find some peace in her life.
My thoughts: A very good debut novel, featuring a colorful cast of likable characters, with stories that will make you laugh, and maybe even cry. There is a story to be told by each of the customers that Angel prepares her lovely cakes for. Although the story does acknowledge the the reality of Rwanda's past, it is also a story of hope which shows the reader how really resilient the human spirit can be, in spite of the hardships that may come our way. RECOMMENDED
(Review Copy received from Delacorte Press/ Shelf Awareness)