Tuesday, January 4, 2011

(1) How to Bake A Perfect Life by Barbara O'Neal

Okay, I am having a tough time with the internet here is crossing my fingers that this post will actually post.

I have been following Barbara O'Neal ever since I got the ARC of her first novel. As anti-cooking as I am, yes I said it, I hate to cook, I have enjoyed her novels that all have food as a central theme in one way or another. How to Bake a Perfect Life is no different.

Ramona Gallagher is a daughter, a sister, a mother, soon to be a Grandmother, and most of all, she is a baker. A professional baker. She has gone against her family's wishes and started her own bakery. She is barely holding on to the bakery when tragedy strikes her daughter's fledgling family and Ramona is called upon to watch over a feisty thirteen year old girl. Will she be able balance the care of a thirteen year old girl with the work necessary to keep her business afloat?

How to Bake A Perfect Life was a really good book with a nice balance of great bread recipes. Ramona is a wonderfully written character. She wants to take care of those she loves, yet she also craves someone to take care of her. Her mothering instincts though are what makes her so likable to me. Ramona has a kind heart and a gentle soul and made this book the great read that it was.

3 comments:

Holli said...

Good to hear because I absolutely LOVED The Lost Recipe For Happiness!

Lisa Mandina said...

I hate to say it, but the cover and title of this totally draw me in every time. But, the story still just doesn't sound like one I'd enjoy, or at least not as much as all the others I have to read right now.

Wingnut said...

And here's yet another one. I just finished this one. I had the worst urge to bake bread. And I've NEVER baked bread. I hate baking! I was so wishing to have some of her starter to work with! Loved this book so much.

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