In a novel as warm and embracing as a family kitchen, Barbara OaNeal explores the poignant, sometimes complex relationships between mothers and daughtersaand 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 Ramonaas bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. Sheas one water-heater disaster away from losing her grandmotheras rambling Victorian and everything sheas worked so hard to build. When Ramonaas 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 Sophiaas thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Katie. Heartbroken, Katie feels that sheas being dumped againathis time on the doorstep of a woman out of practice with mothering. Ramona relies upon a special set of toolsapatience, persistence, and the reliability of a good recipeawhen 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.aHow about a grilled cheese sandwich?a Poppy asked when my mother drove away. aIa#39;ve got to get moving on my sourdough or put it back in the fridge.a aI guess.a She drew me into her kitchen, a room with big windows pouring sunlight intoanbsp;...
|Title||:||How to Bake a Perfect Life|
|Publisher||:||Bantam - 2010-12-21|