How to Bake a Perfect Life

How to Bake a Perfect Life

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In a novel as warm and embracing as a family kitchen, Barbara Oa€™Neal explores the poignant, sometimes complex relationships between mothers and daughtersa€”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 Ramonaa€™s bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. Shea€™s one water-heater disaster away from losing her grandmothera€™s rambling Victorian and everything shea€™s worked so hard to build. When Ramonaa€™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 Sophiaa€™s thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Katie. Heartbroken, Katie feels that shea€™s being dumped againa€”this time on the doorstep of a woman out of practice with mothering. Ramona relies upon a special set of toolsa€”patience, persistence, and the reliability of a good recipea€”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.a€œHow about a grilled cheese sandwich?a€ Poppy asked when my mother drove away. a€œIa#39;ve got to get moving on my sourdough or put it back in the fridge.a€ a€œI guess.a€œ She drew me into her kitchen, a room with big windows pouring sunlight intoanbsp;...

Title:How to Bake a Perfect Life
Author:Barbara O'Neal
Publisher:Bantam - 2010-12-21


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