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Author: Barbara O'Neal
ISBN: 1410435784
Pages: 611 pages
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Large Print, Unabridged edition (May 4, 2011)
Language: English
Category: Women's Fiction
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Rating: 4.8
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e-Book How to Bake a Perfect Life (Wheeler Hardcover) epub download

by Barbara O'Neal



Series: Wheeler Hardcover. Hardcover: 611 pages. Let me begin by saying that I am a picky reader. It seems lately almost every book I begin to read, I find myself putting down after a few pages because the writing is so incredibly poor.

Series: Wheeler Hardcover. My husband frequently hears me sighing, "Life's too short to read bad writing. ) That being said, I went into this novel thinking, "How far will I get into this one before tossing it into the 'give away' stack with the others?" Thankfully, at last, a book worth finishing - and keeping on my bookshelf as well.

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The Lost Recipe for Happiness. How to Bake a Perfect Life. How to Bake a Perfect Life is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. My grandmother Madoline O’Neal Putman, and the late great Merlin Murphy O’Hare kept me company all through the writing of this book. Miss you both lots and lots. And, as ever, thanks to Christopher Robin, who tastes everything even if he is sure he won’t like it. Contents. Praise of the Novels of Barbara O’Neal.

Some books come into your life at just the right time. The characters she created in "How to Bake a Perfect Life" deserve to have their stories told. This one has been sitting on my shelf, but I'm going through some rough times now and wanted something that would be a comforting read. This was a perfect fit. It's not all sweetness and light. And she laid the groundwork for amazing connections and situations that would pull on your head, heart, and soul.

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Showing 1-16 of 16. How to Bake a Perfect Life (Paperback). Published December 21st 2010 by Bantam. Paperback, 416 pages. Author(s): Barbara O'Neal (Goodreads Author). ISBN: 0553386778 (ISBN13: 9780553386776). Barbara O'Neal (Goodreads Author).

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.

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In Lily’s big green Nissan, they drive to a greenhouse that’s set back from the street, and the minute Katie walks inside, it seems as if everything in her whole body lets go with a sigh. Oh, my God. Haven’t you ever been to a greenhouse before, hon? No, Katie whispers. She breathes in the smell of earth and leaves and something damp

Barbara O’Neal is the author of a number of highly acclaimed novels, including the Target Club Pick How to Bake a Perfect Life and The Lost Recipe for Happiness, both . People Who Read How to Bake a Perfect Life Also Read. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

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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 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.
Manazar
Let me begin by saying that I am a picky reader. It seems lately almost every book I begin to read, I find myself putting down after a few pages because the writing is so incredibly poor. (My husband frequently hears me sighing, "Life's too short to read bad writing.") That being said, I went into this novel thinking, "How far will I get into this one before tossing it into the 'give away' stack with the others?"
Thankfully, at last, a book worth finishing - and keeping on my bookshelf as well. I won't detail the plot or well-crafted characters, as others have sufficiently summed up those aspects. I merely wanted to put in my proverbial two cents and give this novel enthusiastic praise. (On another note, I don't understand the review regarding 'explicit sex,' as I don't recall any such elements in this novel, so please do not let that critique deter you from buying this book. Perhaps the reviewer was thinking of a different novel?)
elektron
The mother-daughter relationship is complex,unique,often dramatic.Ramona is an independent spirit, raising her daughter, building a business. The book gives voice to the family history that has landed Ramona where she finds herself and winds around to come full circle.
I found this to be a deeply satisfying read. This family of strong women resonated with me. Each generation knows the basic recipe for mother love but each must tweak it to fit the their individual needs and situation. And each generation tries to not repeat the perceived mistakes of their own mothers. The mistakes and missteps each made over the years brings them back to a place of understanding and a tolerance for that which they have trouble accepting or understanding.
Bonus points for a four legged character named Merlin and all the recipes and bread baking tips. I intend on trying some of the recipes included in the book.
Little Devil
Here we have a book featuring a baker and, honestly, I felt like it was baked in a microwave. Some parts were perfect, some parts were overdone and tough, and some parts were raw and undeveloped. I'm left feeling deflated because, what I liked about this book, I really, really liked.

Ramona is a fantastic character. She has a history--she was an unwed teen mother who recently broke with her family and started her own business. She's guarded, as one might expect, but still yearning for companionship. I appreciated that she was human, not perfect. While I rooted for her without, I could still she that she had her own flaws.

O'Neal presents four major plots here (and four, for a book like this, is just too many). Ramona is struggling in her business and wondering what her next steps are. Her very pregnant daughter's husband was critically wounded and must go to him, which understandably causes Ramona worry and stress. Ramona is also needed to become the guardian to her tween step-granddaughter. And, to top all this off, there is a romantic element when "a man from her past" comes back on the scene.

I know that it is the romance that is the selling point of this book, but I felt that this was the least necessary (and least interesting) aspect of the book. Honestly, O'Neal could have lifted that entire plot and its character out of the book and still have enough for a good novel. Or, if this book really was meant to be a "romance," one or two of the other plots should have been left out.

I did think that O'Neal's writing was tight and readable, but I did have one complaint. I'm not a prude, but detailed sex scenes (or, as my mother calls them, "biology lessons") are rather annoying, especially if they don't fit in with the fabric of the book. The more intimate scenes just didn't fit with the narrative style of the rest of the book (but, as I said before, that whole plot didn't really fit). At times, I felt almost as if she had outsourced those pages while she wrote the rest of the book.

Another thing that bugged me...there is a supernatural element in this book. I have nothing against supernatural elements, but I feel that they have to be handled with care. I wouldn't say that O'Neal isn't committed to this element--she follows it throughout the book--but I really felt that she should have handled it differently. How, exactly, I'm not sure. Perhaps she should have made it a larger part of the whole story...I don't know. What I do know is that it just didn't quite jive here.

I don't want to give the impression that I hated this book. As I said, I really enjoyed the main character. The plot(s) also kept me going until the end, even if they sometimes left me scratching my head. This is a lighter read and problems in books like that are easier to forgive. In the end, it was still an entertaining read and is great when you just need something lighter to read when you have a few minutes here and there.
Beanisend
Lots to think about in this story. Every character has their flaws, conflicts and secrets too. Ramona is the main person here and everyone is better for knowing her, now if she could see it. It takes you through teenage pregnancy, life decisions and journeys. Our decisions, good or bad, lead us to the next one. Life is funny and we sometimes don't see the humor in it until we can look back on it. What makes this a good read is that love is at the center of everything. A mothers love, love for a pet, and family is in this story all wrapped around a bread bakery.