How To Bake A Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal - 368 pages
Professional baker Ramona Gallagher is a master of an art that has sustained her through the most turbulent times, including a baby at fifteen and an endless family feud. But now Ramona’s bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. She’s one water-heater disaster away from losing her grandmother’s rambling Victorian and everything she’s worked so hard to build.
When Ramona’s soldier son-in-law is wounded in Afghanistan, her daughter, Sophia, races overseas to be at his side, leaving Ramona as the only suitable guardian for Sophia’s thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Katie. Heartbroken, Katie feels that she’s being dumped again—this time on the doorstep of a woman out of practice with mothering.
Ramona relies upon a special set of tools—patience, persistence, and the reliability of a good recipe—when rebellious Katie arrives. And as she relives her own history of difficult choices, Ramona shares her love of baking with the troubled girl. Slowly, Katie begins to find self-acceptance and a place to call home. And when a man from her past returns to offer a second chance at love, Ramona discovers that even the best recipe tastes better when you add time, care, and a few secret ingredients of your own.
My Review: 3.5 stars
This a a quick, light, beach read and while equally being a great little book.
The story touches on family relationships, following your heart and living the life your dealt with to it's fullest. Who couldn’t use a dose of this?
Author creates likable characters with great descriptions of food and flowers. I learned quite a bit about bread baking and the patience and care it requires from the start.
Tags: Fiction, Chick Lit, Mothers/Daughters, 2011, Food
Labels: 2011, Chick Lit, Fiction, Food, Mothers/Daughters