Saturday, January 11, 2014

Beach Read

Title: How to Bake a Perfect Life
Author: Barbara O’Neal
Date: 2011
Publisher: Bantam Books
ISBN: 978-0-553-38977-6

A few months ago my local newspaper had a list of food related novel.  Some were mysteries, others were beach-reads.  This was a beach read - a fun, easy and it even came with recipes.

Ramona is trying to make a living baking the 100 year old house she inherited from her grandmother.  With multiple major repairs on house, Ramona is drowning.  Then  her pregnant daughter’s soldier husband is badly wounded and Sofie leaves to be with him.  However, she leaves behind her step-daughter, Katie, who was taken from her drug addicted mother’s home.  In between this drama, Ramona meets the kind boy who befriended her during her 15th summer that she spent with her aunt learning how to bake and giving birth to Sophie.  The story alternates between each of the major actors and flashbacks.  There is a fun twist at the end and a few good recipes.   Not a great book, but a fun read .

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