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Description - How To Bake A Perfect Life by BARBARA O'NEAL

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."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780553386776
ISBN-10: 0553386778
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 133mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Bantam USA
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - BARBARA O'NEAL

Barbara O Neal fell in love with food and restaurants at the age of fifteen, when she landed a job in a Greek cafe and served baklava for the first time.She sold her first novel in her twenties, and has also published under the names Barbara Samuel and Ruth Wind. Since then she has won a plethora of awards, including two Colorado Book Awards and six prestigious RITAs, including one for The Lost Recipe for Happiness. Her novels have been widely published in Europe and Australia, and she travels all over the world, presenting workshops, hiking hundreds of miles, and, of course, eating. She lives with her partner, a British endurance athlete, and their collection of cats and dogs, in Colorado Springs."


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