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The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship Kindle Edition
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This touching read is about rekindling friendships, strengthening family bonds, and discovering love again. This diverse group of women had quite the task in front of them, but with a lot of hard work, a little fighting here and there, they finally found a way to sort out their differences and build quite the support group for one another. Their story had moments that made me laugh, moments that had me near tears, and moments that had my heart rejoicing... it was truly an enjoyable literary adventure I won't soon forget! The characters had a very realistic quality to them, and at times reminded me of my own family, which made them very easy to relate and connect with. I highly recommend you get your hands on this beautifully written story, it is sure to keep you transfixed from start to finish!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Bridget found out just what she was made of as she picked up the pieces of her life. One of my favorite moments in this book was the "banana" scene with Nora. The more I got to know about Bridget's husband, Jim, the more I disliked him. I was happy to see Garrett come into the picture.
Nora was more stable and she seemed to have a closer bond with their mother. Although, this may have to do with the fact that Nora worked in the bakery with their mother.
Abby was more of the outspoken one and the black sheep of the family. However, don't let this fool you as she had a lot of love in her heart.
Magpie was just plain fun. She would say some of the funniest things. Plus, she has a cool name.
I hope to visit with the O'Bannon sisters again and get to see each of them get their happy ending as well as Colleen, who might be starting to get her second chance at love as well.
The story-line centers around Bridget and her dysfunctional family that has become alienated over the past five years or so. Many secrets, judgmental and controlling attitudes have contributed to this. It is an engrossing read as all is revealed and much is resolved.
Shirley Jump writes descriptive prose so that I could see Bridget’s yard and the bakery in my mind. Most of the story is from Bridget’s perspective but her mother’s and her sister Abby’s comes through every now and again. It made it more interesting to see how different her mother saw things from her four daughters. I loved the Irish sayings and the hummingbird as a sign giver; the rigid views of God, not so much. However, it did seem authentic because in this world I’m sure many have these views.
I would recommend the book simply because of the masterful way that the author pulled me into the lives of these women. Now like a nosy neighbor, I want to know what is going on with Nora and family, will Colleen find a new true friend/love too and is Magpie really happy with all her traveling. So-o-o, when is the sequel coming?
An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley.
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