How to Bake a Perfect Life
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...more
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal is the perfect recipe for an enjoyable read. Ramona Gallagher has weathered everything from becoming a single mother at age 15 to enduring an ongoing family feud that affects her current business situation. She operates a successful bread bakery in her inherited Colorado Springs Victorian home but the slow economy and a series of small mishaps threaten her business and home. Her daughter Sofia receives a call that her soldier husband has been badly i...more
Love how this story is about a family but the chapters are told with the recipe of the family dough from hundreds of years ago intertwined.
She is a master in the bakery but she's on hard time and about to lose the house. Ramona.
A good recipe will help get her through the bad times. Everything dealing with life is put into baking terms.
Starter dough-I remember making this and passing out a cup to others to make. It's easy to start.
Her daughter Sophia is...more
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...more
How to Bake a Perfect Life is set in Colorado Springs in a bakery run by Ramona Gallagher. Ramona inherited the old Victorian house from her Grandmother and has opened her bakery in it where she makes and serves wonderful artisian breads. The story opens with Ramona and her daughter, Sophia, talking in the kitchen when the phone rings and Sophia gets the news that her soldier husband has been wou...more
"How to Bake a Perfect Life" was about a baker in Colorado who is close to losing her bakery, working through a family feud, takes in her daughter's step-daughter and reunites with a man she loved in her past.
Overall, I liked this book. One thing that stood out to me was how the author incorporated bread starter recipes and recipes for a couple other baked goods. A few of them sounded like something I would like to try! I always think it is neat when an author puts in elements that break up the
Characters: Ramona is wonderful. She has her Book of Breads that she started when she was fifteen and some of the recipes are shared within the chapters of the book (my mom made a couple of them... they're good). Sophia and Katie and book great additions to the story. Sophia is sitting, pregnant, at the bedside of her wounded husband. And Katie is stuck at Ramona's house with her dog Merlin. Jonah is Ramona's man from her...more
The protagonist is Ramona, a forty-something bread baker whose pregnant daughter, Sophia is married to Oscar, a soldier wounded in Afghanistan. He has a teenaged daughter from his first marriage. Katie comes to live with...more
Separated from the family restaurant business, Ramona, now 40, owns her own bakery and shares her life with her daughter, Sofia. When Sofia’s husband has been injured while ser...more
Ramona Gallagher is a professional baker who is one plumbing disaster away from losing everying, including her business and her grandmother's falling-apart Victorian. To complicate things, her ve...more
I enjoy O'Neal's stories because they are about strong women overcoming adverse and difficult situations. Yes, I always know they will work out. However, she creates enough good tension that I am never quite sure if the situations will work out as I hope they will.
As always, I became involved in the character's l...more
Naturally, this novel was contemporary and in the present tense. I should have hated it. Instead, I found it to be a beautiful story. My eyes teared up on a regular basis, but the overall story was very...more
Excellent read! Glad I gave this author a chance. Will definitely be reading more.
At this year's RITA awards (which is the romance world equivalent to the Oscars), I had two books that I was cheering for in the Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category. One was The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn (love this series, especially Nicholas Brisbane) and the other was The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley. If you have read my blog for any length of time you might have noti...more