I received this book for free from Forever in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship by Shirley Jump
Series: O'Bannon Sisters #1
Published by Forever
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Women's Fiction
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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. - via GoodReads
I picked up The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship by Shirley Jump because I had read reviews of her other books and the reviewers said that they had enjoyed her humor. You all know I am a sucker for any book that can make me laugh and cry!
I picked up The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship during a mini-reading slump. I think it was the third book I had picked up and I had finally landed on something that held my attention. The book opens just after Bridget’s husband’s funeral. What followed was a beautiful story of family and all the good and bad that they bring to the table. I adored it. I laughed and cried.
Shirley Jump makes it so easy to empathize with the O’Bannon women. Each character added to the story and made it that much more special. The O’Bannon family had scattered and watching them come back together was great! It’s the nature of families to cause each other a whole range of emotions including the bad ones. I loved watching four sisters and their mother work through them.
I will say that I had one of the reveals pretty much nailed from the beginning. My biggest gripe was that I felt that a major plot point had been built up just to be ignored and I was panicking due to the small amount of pages left. I was ready to throw the book….then I saw the sneak peak at the end and all was well! Seriously I can’t wait for the next book! I already have it on pre-order and it doesn’t release until March 2018!