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The Lost Recipe for Happiness

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  • Posted June 19, 2009

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    A well-written story

    I have to admit when I first skimmed the book description, I thought the plot would be: girl breaks up with current boy, relocates to new city for a fresh start, meets new boy, not sure if she should get involved with new boy, ends up getting involved with new boy and they begin new relationship. Ok, so maybe The Lost Recipe for Happiness can be summed up that way. But honestly, it's so much more than that.

    Elena Alvarez is a complicated character, but extremely likable. She's haunted by her past and cannot rid herself of her tragic accident. She's left not only with physical pain from the car accident, but immense survivor's guilt. She's the lone survivor of a car accident that killed her high school boyfriend and two sisters.

    After the accident and a long period of physical therapy and healing, she left her hometown and explored her passion for cooking. Training in the best restaurants prepared her to become chef of her kitchen. While mastering the art of cooking, Elena simultaneously distanced herself from intimate relationships. Yes, she had plenty of boyfriends, however she never allowed them in, always keeping them at arm's reach. Of course this changes when she meets Julian.

    Julian Liswood is a single father with several marriages under his belt. He's trying to raise his teenage daughter the best he can while maintaining his professional life. He's immediately smitten with Elena, but tries to keep their relationship purely professional. After all, he is her boss.

    Ms. O'Neal did an excellent job bringing these characters to life. The chapters are told from both Elena's and Julian's perspectives. The secondary characters round out the story with issues of their own that only contribute to the depth of the plot.

    If you're looking for something different, I suggest you pick up The Lost Recipe for Happiness. Elena is a character that you will root for and in the end you will walk away satisfied.

    4.5 Stars

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2009

    Food, Romance, Dogs Recipes..

    A great book, fun summer read with great Santa Fe style mex recipes...wonderful ....gave my copy away to a "cook"...hope they try the recipes and tell me if they are any good!! Enjoyed the story, mature characters, family resolutions...Liked it very much. I did buy the book because of the interesting cover but am very glad I did.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Hungry For More!

    The very first review I've ever written, is for a book whose story had me hooked from the beginning, and made me feel as if I was part of the story, tasting the food, and empathsizing with the characters when they were struggling, and cheering for them as they triumphed.
    Read this book...it will warm you from the iinside out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

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    I enjoyed it

    It was a nice read and sort of a revamp of those feelings when you think all is lost or happiness is lost, it can come around again, if you let it. It might not have surprise twists and not very shocking, but it is still a great book and I enjoyed it. I didn't get the book because I wanted to be shocked, I wanted a book that looked like there is always hope out there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

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    Cute book

    This book was cute and had a good plot. I liked the characters and thought they were believable. Would possibly read again, which is how I rate how good a book is. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    I loved this book!

    Barbara's characters have me turnging the pages to see what was going to happan next..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    What an amazing title

    I was at the airport and I was looking for something to occupy my time and I picked up this book just because of the title - what an amazing title...it tells all. It's a great book to sit and relax and enjoy your time in Aspen, perfect for rainy days...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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