Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Blitz Review - The Perfect Recipe For Love and Friendship(O'Bannon Sisters #1) by Shirley Jump


Author: Shirley Jump
Series: O’Bannon Sisters, #1
On Sale: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Trade Paperback: $14.99 USD
eBook$6.99 USD
The first book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump's new series featuring the O'Bannon sisters.

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 romancewritten 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.

There are times when I start a book and think "wow, this is so damn depressing, I don't think I can continue".  Seriously, that's how I felt. Here's a young woman whose husband gets in a fatal car accident, leaving her truly alone. When she married Jim, she stopped talking to her sisters and became estranged from them because all she needed was her husband. We come to find out that maybe he wasn't such a great guy and he had some secrets buried deep. Maybe not that deep, just deep enough for Bridget not to see. I kept reading though. And the more I read, the more I fell in love with the characters. They are broken but at least they have each other. 

The secret surrounding Abby was one I was very interested in learning. I had suspicions but none of them came close to being what I thought. Bridget and Abby's relationship is never the same that day, which also happens to be the day that Bridget marries Jim. A man who has secrets that I was dying to find out about. When you're in love, at times you tend to be blind. Especially to those that you just can't ever see in a bad light. 

The relationship between the sisters was a hit rocky at first but as the story went on, the ice started to melt more. I don't like stories much where the siblings hate each other. And while the siblings in this book don't hate each other, they sort of lost a bit of something. That something being each other. Overall, I thought was a nice, heartfelt book about forgiveness. That's what I took from the story. It was beautiful, real, and at times bittersweet. I look forward to the next book. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 



When she's not writing books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump competes in triathlons, mostly because all that training lets her justify mid-day naps and a second slice of chocolate cake. She's published more than 60 books in 24 languages, although she's too geographically challenged to find any of those countries on a map.


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