About the Book
The Bread Maker
by Moira MacLeod
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.
“Moira MacLeod has written a marvelous novel – The Bread Maker. It deserves to be read. She is a wonderful storyteller, writes magnificent dialogue – one of those rare writers who hears the characters’ voice, like Dickens, Harper Lee and Steinbeck – the comparison is not overstated. Her characters are constructed with exquisite care and as a result the reader loves, or hates, them. I adored this read. The book has earned a place of honor on my book shelf, and it should be on yours. I’ve read Geller prize winners that are just not as good. Demand your Chapters or bookseller stock this novel. Had it been written west of the Gaspe it would be short-listed for the above-mentioned award.” Jim Vibert, Halifax, NS
“Just finished it! It’s the first book I have read for pure pleasure and happily finished in a long time. I loved it! The Bread Maker would make an awesome movie…” Irene Macleod, Antigonish, NS
"Moira MacLeod’s freshman fictional novel immediately draws you in – the characters are rich, the story at times tragic yet hopeful and the emotional pull of protagonist Mabel is heartwarming. This page turner will take you back to a time where life was simple and hope for a better life was a daily struggle, but you can’t stop reading to find out how Mabel’s story turns out." Charlene Fekeshazy, Vancouver, BC
"I’m delighted with The Bread Maker. Love the characters and the plot. The writing is fantastic. Sometimes, because I got so involved with the characters, I even felt like I was intruding…That was really nice; a rare piece of writing…The crests of anguish and the troughs of joy. It was a story of coping…Some were heroes and some cowards…You felt it!...That is what Moira MacLeod did best, she made you live the struggles and emotions…The book is a gift." Ron Jackson, Summerside, PEI
"Jumping Jehoshaphat! I can’t stop reading. Very vivid writing. Love it."
Valerie Campbell, Fort MacMurray, Alta.
"The Bread Maker is awesome…from the first page I was drawn into the story of Mabel and characters…the bonds of friendship and the support during difficult times tugged at my heartstrings…I found myself laughing out loud at some of Mabel’s antics but just as quick felt sadness by the turn of events in this bittersweet story. Look forward to more of MacLeod’s books." Debbie Boutlier, Glace Bay, NS
“Reading Moira MacLeod’s book The Bread Maker and am totally enthralled, the storyline grabs you and you are sucked into the story set in 1933. Moira was born in Glace Bay and has written a sure hit and I can’t wait to get the sequel as soon as it is available. For anyone who loves to read, don’t deny yourself this treat.” Nancy Anderson, Riverview, NB
“The other day I asked Mum if she had a chance to read The Bread Maker. Well, she loved it. Could hardly put it down. It took her back to prewar Ireland even though it was set in Glace Bay. She tore through it in a couple of days. It brought back memories and emotions. She felt it as she read…” Paul Beauchamp, Dartmouth, NS
“I could not put this book down.” Marlene Gallant, Glace Bay, NS
“… In a compelling period of trying time in rough and tough circumstances, challenging economic and social distress, one girl, a marvel of simplicity, will take your hand and guide you, wading often times, through the thick and muddy waters of suspense and passion, and lead you into wonder and amazement…my highest regards to the finest novel I’ve read, especially as it comes so close to the heart as this one. Bravo!” Joe Macpherson, Bedford, NS
“Great read. This is one book you laugh, dry and get angry, and emotional within chapters, but more of all relate to the lifestyle and behaviours of our small town.” Mona Rideout, Glace Bay, NS
“What an amazing book! The book awakens all sorts of emotions. Worry and love for Mabel. Disgust for some of the vile characters between the pages. Sympathy, empathy. I laughed and cried. This book is so much better than “best sellers.” The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that it was so good, I raced through it. Cannot wait for the sequel.” Donna MacDonald, Halifax, NS
“One of the best book I have ever read!” Linda Hillier, Glace Bay, NS
“I have a sink full of dishes, my vacuum is plugged in and sitting idle and a load of wash had to be redone as the clothes never made it to the dryer!!! I’m 250 pages in and having a very difficult time putting it down. What a great read!!!” Kathy MacLeod, Glace Bay, NS.
“The layers of their characters and their relationships makes for a great mix of humour, sadness and suspense. A beautiful story – looking forward to learning more about Mabel’s life.” Faith Scattolon, Dartmouth, NS
"Ron, thanks for the book review of The Bread Maker….It was the best book I have read in a while. It was one of those books that when you finish reading it, you feel like you are losing close friends. Great story and character development." Cindy, NY state, USA.
"Just finished The Bread Maker. It was excellent! Stayed up way too late several nights reading it. I generally don’t like novels not set in the present day but this was really, really good." Nadine Cooper Mont, Dartmouth, NS
"I laughed. I cried but couldn’t stop reading for the suspense it created! Made me feel nostalgic. Can’t wait for the sequel." Cathy Power, Glace Bay, NS
"Finished reading The Bread Maker…loved it. It has a great plot…very real with just enough intrigue. I was hooked after the first chapter. I will definitely recommend to my family and friends." Gerry Surrete, Halifax, NS
“Just finished reading The Bread Maker and I loved it! I can’t get the characters out of my mind.” Kim West, Toronto, ON
"Such a wonderful page turner and crafted so beautifully." Michele McKinnon, Halifax, NS
"Really enjoying The Bread Maker. Only a few chapters in but I love the crusty reality of the characters." Ken Hynes, Halifax, NS.
“Just finished the book today. Loved it so much!! I laughed and cried, had a hard time putting it down. Felt like I was watching a movie reading this wonderful story. Can’t wait for the next one.” Kim Duggan, Hatchette Lake, NS
"My wife and I both read The Bread Maker last weekend. Could not put it down. It would make a great movie. Telling my friends it is a must read." George & Jeanette Moody, Waterville, NS.
“Reading The Bread Maker by Moira Leigh MacLeod and just loving it. It’s a new book that’s just out from Friesen Press. Absolutely beautiful read from a Nova Scotian author. In fact, I love it so much I’m going to buy one for the Bridgewater Library donate-a-book program. Can’t give mine away cause it will be in use for quite a while as the family are going to want to read this one.” Janice Bower, Bridgewater, NS
"Thank you so much for suggesting the book The Bread Maker. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a book that I couldn’t wait to finish but didn’t want to end, if that makes any sense….I’ll be in the line-up to buy again." Bonnie McNeil, Glace Bay, NS
"I was so involved with it that I stayed up one night till past midnight to finish it…Usually asleep before ten when reading. Hoping there will be an opportunity to read more of your works in future." Vicki Harnish, Hubbards, NS
"From the first word to the last…I loved every minute of the book. A great read."
Sharon O’Connell, Halifax
"Just finished the book. I’m an avid reader and truly enjoyed this book. Can’t wait to read your next one." Karen MacLeod Cuzner, Glace Bay, NS
"Absolutely loved the book. I couldn’t put it down. I hated for it to end. Can’t wait for your next one." Gloria Jean Lawrence, Lower Sackville, NS