Title: THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP
Author: Shirley Jump
Series: O’Bannon Sisters, #1
On Sale: July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback: $14.99 USD
eBook: $6.99 USD
The first book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump's new series featuring the O'Bannon sisters.
Bridget O'Bannon is ready for a do-over. After years of pretending she had a happy marriage and denying that she missed the friends and family she'd left behind, she's headed home to restart her life.
But working alongside her family every day at their bakery isn't as easy as whipping up her favorite chocolate peanut butter cake. Her mother won't give her a moment's peace, and her sister Abby is keeping secrets of her own. And there doesn't seem to be enough frosting in the world to smooth over the cracks forming between them.
Bridget can see the recipe for a happy life—including the possibility of a new romance—written out before her, but first she and her family will need to lay bare their secrets and rediscover the most elusive ingredients of all: forgiveness, laughter, and love.
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This book admittedly started out slow for me but it quickly gained steam. Bridget and her family felt like a glimpse into the lives of a neighbor. The outside looked almost perfect but so many little things were so wrong or went unsaid. Secrets were held too long and the pressures of everything whittled away at a family that was desperate to love but seemed to forget how.
This book was really beautiful. The mending of bonds and bridging gaps that should never have been allowed to become so large. I loved reading and feeling like I was walking alongside Bridget and her family as they journeyed to find their family again as well as finding themselves. I can't wait for the next book in this series. This turned out to be a great read, one I would certainly recommend. This would make for a great book club pick.
My rating system is different from Amazon where it is rated higher.
Did you have to do baking research for this book?
I love to cook, and used to bake a lot more often when my kids were little. However, I’ve never worked in a bakery, so I definitely had to do some research on baking. My mom baked bread all the time when I was a little girl, so the bread baking is a little nod to her.
What recipes made your mouth water?
I absolutely love buttercream frosting, so any of the recipes with that were my favorites. It’s the type of cake I ask for with my birthday, because it’s my number-one type of cake.
Did you try any out?
I didn’t, because I mostly worked with things I was familiar with already. However, writing all that food made me crave dessert, so I was often running out and grabbing some cupcakes or cookies to munch on when I wrote!
What one thing if you had to pick do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
That family is important, and that facing the truth and facing the things that scare you—those things you bury and don’t deal with—is important for healing and for happiness. Families are messy and complicated, and often have disagreements or secrets that disrupt everything, but if there is love, there can be healing.
Do any of your characters have real life inspiration?
I never really have real-life inspiration with the books I write. I find these imaginary people in my head, and they spring to life with each word I write, becoming as real in my head as the people who are in my life. I think there’s bits and pieces of myself and other people I know in every character, but overall, they are completely fictitious. And sadly, so is the bakery, because I’d love to go there!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When she's not writing books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump competes in triathlons, mostly because all that training lets her justify mid-day naps and a second slice of chocolate cake. She's published more than 60 books in 24 languages, although she's too geographically challenged to find any of those countries on a map.
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