How to Bake a Perfect Life: A Novel by Barbara O'Neal

How to Bake a Perfect Life: A Novel

byBarbara O'Neal

Kobo ebook | December 21, 2010

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In a novel as warm and embracing as a family kitchen, Barbara O’Neal explores the poignant, sometimes complex relationships between mothers and daughters—and the healing magic of homemade bread.
 
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.

Ramona relies upon a special set of tools—patience, persistence, and the reliability of a good recipe—when rebellious Katie arrives. And as she relives her own history of difficult choices, Ramona shares her love of baking with the troubled girl. Slowly, Katie begins to find self-acceptance and a place to call home. And when a man from her past returns to offer a second chance at love, Ramona discovers that even the best recipe tastes better when you add time, care, and a few secret ingredients of your own.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Barbara O'Neal's The All You Can Dream Buffet.

About The Author

Barbara O'Neal lives in Colorado Springs. She has won numerous awards including two Colorado Book Awards and six RITAs, including one for THE LOST RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS (Bantam 2009) in 2010. Barbara's other books include How to Bake a Perfect Life (Bantam 2010), and The Secret of Everything (Bantam 2009). Barbara's novels have been pub...

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Title:How to Bake a Perfect Life: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 21, 2010Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553908162

ISBN - 13:9780553908169

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