Reader reviews for How to Bake a Perfect Life: A Novel

Bread-baking as a metaphor for life works quite well in this quick read that's mostly about women's relationships with each other: mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, even a surrogate mom thrown into the mix. There are some good recipes too.
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I really liked this "chic lit" book even though it's not my preferred type of reading material. But sometimes you need dip into something light, fun and girly. Don't get me wrong: the subjects covered were anything but light, they ran the gamut of bad parenting, the challenges of running a small business, teenage pregnancy, the casualties of war and plenty more HEAVY stuff. But that was the setting and background. I knew where the plot was headed and that it would end mostly well. If you want a comfortable read with bit of fun and romance with SOME substance, How to Bake a Perfect Life is the perfect choice!
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In How to Bake a Perfect Life a cobbled together family of women struggle to find success and happiness and to understand each other. The book centers around Ramona, a 40 year old woman trying to keep her beloved bakery open. Circling the story of Ramona are those of Sophia, her pregnant daughter, and Katie, Sophia's neglected stepdaughter, in addition to Ramona's mother, grandmother, and aunt. Each woman has to fight her own set of demons and all are strong in their own, unique ways. Woven throughout the book is enough fabulous baking to make anyone hungry, a loyal dog, and a little romance.I have loved Babara O'Neal's other books and this one does not disappoint. As with her others, Barbara hits just the right spot between fairy tale, happy-ever-after, and the harsh reality of circumstances. It is believable enough to really fall in love with the characters with a satisfying ending. The moment I picked up How to Bake a Perfect Life I was completely immersed in the bakery and it was a struggle to leave that world whenever I had to put the book down.
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Okay book on bread-making with a story about a baker and her trials and tribulations wrapped around it. This was that sort of book where a woman of a certain age overcomes obstacles and confronts past demons to find her true self and true love. There's the requisite quirky relative (in this case an aunt who turns out to be gay), the parental misunderstandings, sulky teenager, person from the past, wise pet, and some weird apparition that bordered on magical realism and did nothing for the story or my sensibilities. Without the bread recipes or the Colorado setting, I might have not rated this as high as I did. I'd picked this up hoping to recommend it to someone as a "feel-good" book, but don't think I'll do so now, unless it's as a "feel-okay" book. I'll give the author another try, though, because I liked a couple of the characters.
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I quite enjoyed this book, the story held my interest even though it's not my usual flavor of story. I do wish they author had gone a little bit more in depth at the ending of the book, on how everything worked out for the bakery and such, but other than that a recommended read.
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I loved this! Talk about a perfect story with lovely touching romances clouded with tragedies, this was it. I especially like a novel where I really feel attached to the main characters and they are people I LIKE. Now I have to go back and read more by Barbara O'Neal! I'd love a plain ol' sequel to see how these people do as the years go by.
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I loved this! Talk about a perfect story with lovely touching romances clouded with tragedies, this was it. I especially like a novel where I really feel attached to the main characters and they are people I LIKE. Now I have to go back and read more by Barbara O'Neal! I'd love a plain ol' sequel to see how these people do as the years go by.
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I really liked this "chic lit" book even though it's not my preferred type of reading material. But sometimes you need dip into something light, fun and girly. Don't get me wrong: the subjects covered were anything but light, they ran the gamut of bad parenting, the challenges of running a small business, teenage pregnancy, the casualties of war and plenty more HEAVY stuff. But that was the setting and background. I knew where the plot was headed and that it would end mostly well. If you want a comfortable read with bit of fun and romance with SOME substance, How to Bake a Perfect Life is the perfect choice!
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Bread-baking as a metaphor for life works quite well in this quick read that's mostly about women's relationships with each other: mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, even a surrogate mom thrown into the mix. There are some good recipes too.
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In How to Bake a Perfect Life a cobbled together family of women struggle to find success and happiness and to understand each other. The book centers around Ramona, a 40 year old woman trying to keep her beloved bakery open. Circling the story of Ramona are those of Sophia, her pregnant daughter, and Katie, Sophia's neglected stepdaughter, in addition to Ramona's mother, grandmother, and aunt. Each woman has to fight her own set of demons and all are strong in their own, unique ways. Woven throughout the book is enough fabulous baking to make anyone hungry, a loyal dog, and a little romance.I have loved Babara O'Neal's other books and this one does not disappoint. As with her others, Barbara hits just the right spot between fairy tale, happy-ever-after, and the harsh reality of circumstances. It is believable enough to really fall in love with the characters with a satisfying ending. The moment I picked up How to Bake a Perfect Life I was completely immersed in the bakery and it was a struggle to leave that world whenever I had to put the book down.
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