In a novel as warm and embracing as a family kitchen, Barbara OâNeal explores the poignant, sometimes complex relationships between mothers and daughtersâand the healing magic of homemade bread.
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 Ramonaâs bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. Sheâs one water-heater disaster away from losing her grandmotherâs rambling Victorian and everything sheâs worked so hard to build.
When Ramonaâs soldier son-in-law is wounded in Afghanistan, her daughter, Sophia, races overseas to be at his side, leaving Ramona as the only suitable guardian for Sophiaâs thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Katie. Heartbroken, Katie feels that sheâs being dumped againâthis time on the doorstep of a woman out of practice with mothering.
Ramona calls upon a special set of toolsâpatience, persistence, and the reliability of a good recipeâwhen rebellious Katie arrives. And as she relives her own history of difficult choices, Ramona shares her love of baking with the troubled girl. Slowly, Katie begins to find self-acceptance and a place to call home. And when a man from her past returns to offer a second chance at love, Ramona discovers that even the best recipe tastes better when you add time, care, and a few secret ingredients of your own.
âThis book will have you smiling and crying and pining for an old love, or just a hunk of really good fresh-baked bread. I loved every single delicious bite.â âJennie Shortridge, author of When She Flew
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