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"Beautifully written and unflinching in its portrayal of the complexities of marriage, sisterhood and long-held secrets."
Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author, on The Secret Ingredient for a Happy Marriage
Bridget O'Bannon is ready for a do-over. After years of pretending she had a happy marriage and denying that she missed the friends and family she'd left behind, she's headed home to restart her life.
But working alongside her family every day at their bakery isn't as easy as whipping up her favorite chocolate peanut butter cake. Her mother won't give her a moment's peace, and her sister Abby is keeping secrets of her own. And there doesn't seem to be enough frosting in the world to smooth over the cracks forming between them.
Bridget can see the recipe for a happy life- including the possibility of a new romance- written out before her, but first she and her family will need to lay bare their secrets and rediscover the most elusive ingredients of all: forgiveness, laughter, and love.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.12(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
When she's not writing books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump competes in triathlons, mostly because all that training lets her justify mid-day naps and a second slice of chocolate cake. She's published more than 60 books in 24 languages, although she's too geographically challenged to find any of those countries on a map. Visit her website at www.ShirleyJump.com for author news and a booklist, and follow her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/shirleyjump.author for giveaways and deep discussions about important things like chocolate and shoes.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to get my hands on this one, in exchange for an honest review! I really liked this book - a story of love, and loss, and of a family finally healing old wounds. The book opens up at a funeral, with Bridget not quite sure where to go next. She has been isolated from her family, and has lost her husband and the dreams that she had for her future. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she finds her way back to the bakery she practically grew up in, and back to her sisters. There are family secrets that come out, as they always seem to do. However, by confronting the secrets head on, rather than ignoring them, the family begins to come back together and heal. They have some great confrontations in the process (my favorite involves Bridget telling her mother off during family dinner with their priest). I look forward to the other books in this series. The sisters were all very different, they are all spunky, and I can see how they would each have very different, but equally great, stories. The generational conflicts also add another dimension and make it easy to relate to, even for those of us who don't have sisters (I happen to have a mother who still tries to get me to wear pantyhose with a dress....)
The perfect summer read of starting over. Bridget O'Bannon is starting her life over after her husband dies. She returns to work at the family bakery, that her mother owns. A disagreement from Bridget's wedding day had thrown the family apart but the sisters will now try to come together. Their mother is very set in her ways, as a young widow raised four girls in a catholic household. There will be secrets that come out in the story. A new friend for Bridget, Garrett also a widower, helps her move forward in life. The sisters are all so different, Magpie, Nora and Abby but will always be sisters for better or worse. All great complex characters. Loved the bakery, I was drooling over some of the cakes! I'm hoping there will more stories of O'Bannon sisters.
WOW!!! Bridget O'Bannon has just lost her husband to a tragic accident and all she wants to do is curl up into a ball and let the world just pass her by, but the family she left behind at her wedding won't let her. Secrets, grief, love...all parts of the wonderful story. I really felt that these characters were real people. Real people trying to cope and move closer together, in spite of the pain. That family means everything..no matter what. I was moved and sad to see this story end. It was a smooth read and full of emotion. I truly loved it!
Bridget O'Bannon is ready for a do-over for her life, after her husband passes away. She deals with the fact that her marriage wasn't the fairy tale she led others to believe. She's left her family behind when she got married & reconnects with her sisters & mother. Her mother doesn't really give the girls a moments peace so working alongside with her sisters & mother in their family bakery makes for long days. During an outing she meets the very nice widower Garrett. He also helps her heal & shows her how much he cares for her. He listens to her, offers advice when asked for it.
Shirley Jump hands us The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship in her book of the same title. I was honored and thrilled to receive a review copy, and I read it as voraciously as I would eat one of the O’Bannon sisters’ sweets from their Boston bakery if only the place really existed. Except the bakery does exist for over three hundred luscious pages in which we learn to love and relate to this family filled with secrets and heartache. Bridget O’Bannon, the main character, loses her husband Jim in a tragic accident. The loss is multiplied when she realizes that he has left her plenty of secrets and bills but little money. Which means she has to reconnect with her estranged loved ones at the family bakery to make ends meet. Along the way we meet her three other sisters, her mother, and her aunt who all have secrets of their own. Discovering how to allow the secrets out and one another in is just one of the hurdles this family faces. Both Bridget and her mother face learning to love again after being widowed as well. Using loving detail of all things baking in the novel, Shirley reveals to us in an afterward that her mother and grandmother ran a small donut shop, and its influence upon Shirley’s writing shows. Filled with tender, apt observations of what it is to be human, of what it is to have the courage to reinvent our lives after unwanted change, I can only hope that as I suspect this is the first of a series on the O’Bannon sisters.
Bridget O'Bannon is ready to take back her life, and leave the haunting memories of her unhappy married life behind. She tried to be happy, she really did, but it just wasn't working, and then her husband died in an tragic accident, and she suddenly found herself free to explore a new life. For so long she gave everyone the appearance that her life was pretty near perfect, but underneath all that fake happiness was a woman who was completely unhappy with how things in her life really turned out. Now she is ready to grasp this new opportunity with both hands, move back home and truly live again, on her own terms of course, and reconnect with the family she left behind. But once she is there, working alongside her family in their bakery she begins to wonder if she just got herself in over her head. Everyone is keeping secrets, putting on appearances and it's starting to wear on her... and she knows all to well how this type of behavior will lead you. Now she must find a way to convince her family to let their secrets out and find a way to overcome whatever they bring about...all while also trying to find the courage to open her heart to love again. This touching read is about rekindling friendships, strengthening family bonds, and discovering love again. This diverse group of women had quite the task in front of them, but with a lot of hard work, a little fighting here and there, they finally found a way to sort out their differences and build quite the support group for one another. Their story had moments that made me laugh, moments that had me near tears, and moments that had my heart rejoicing... it was truly an enjoyable literary adventure I won't soon forget! The characters had a very realistic quality to them, and at times reminded me of my own family, which made them very easy to relate and connect with. I highly recommend you get your hands on this beautifully written story, it is sure to keep you transfixed from start to finish! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.