How To Bake A Perfect Life: A Novel by Barbara O’Neal

Title:  How To Bake A Perfect Life: A Novel

Author:  Barbara O’Neal

Genre:  Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Romance

About:  (from Goodreads) 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.

My thoughts:  This is a touching story by a wonderful author about people who are either physically or emotionally wounded and the people who take care of them. O’Neal’s characters are realistic and so is the story. I enjoyed it all. Bonus points for an extraordinary dog.

Recommend?  Yes. I love Barbara O’Neal’s novels. She writes the kind I want to read straight through to the end and then smile and give it a hug. Fans of novels with recipes included will not be disappointed 🙂

Source:  I bought it.

15 thoughts on “How To Bake A Perfect Life: A Novel by Barbara O’Neal

  1. Sounds like a winner here! I just finished my firwst Mary Kay Andrews and was surprised to find that it, too, had a few recipes at the back. It was definitely a cute touch; and added a personal touch to the readers’ realtionship tot he characters:)


  2. I love when a book includes recipes. I can’t explain it, I just love it! This sounds like a cute read. I have never read this author but thinking I need to change that after reading your review.


  3. I saw this one in Target last week…the dog caught my eye. Now that I know it’s a great story I may have to buy it when I’m back that way!


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