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“Good. Want to read others by this author.”booklover wrote this review Thursday, January 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another wonderful book from Barbara O'Neal.”Liz Fielding wrote this review Sunday, June 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Like her other books - enjoyed it!”Becky B wrote this review Monday, February 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Oneal's heroines are damaged women, whose lives have not been easy, who deal with physical and emotional scars. There is a romance, a promising career prospect , a spirit world, food and animals. Her writing is exceptionally vivid; the plots are well constructed and the narrative has energy and delight.
I really like her books. I read this one in a day. A great read!”
“This was an interesting story of a huge secret that slowly unfolds. I enjoyed the story, but I didn't think the steamy romance details were necessary.”Julie E wrote this review Sunday, July 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book doesn't belong in the top tier because it's not life-changing or edifying in any way, but boy does it entertain! It was the quintessential "beach book" and, if truth be told, probably a "chick book." It was just what I needed to push away the winter doldrums and get my mind off anything stressful, and I carried it with me so I could read whenever I was waiting for anything (dentist's office, meetings, etc.).
Tessa Harlow is recuperating from an injury sustained when a landslide occurred while she was leading a hiking tour group in the mountains and one of the members was swept into the river and drowned. Tessa's own rescue from the river awakened long-dormant memories of a similar rescue when she was a child, an accident about which her father has been strangely quiet, though it was responsible for her mother's death.
Drawn to the New Mexico town of Las Ladronas and thinking it would be the ideal destination for a future tour group, Tessa finds herself embroiled in a series of strange emotions and coincidences that add layer upon layer to the mystery of her life and questions about the relationships between people in the story who seem to be so drawn to each other. Of course there is delicious love interest in the person of Vince Grasso, a handsome widower with three appealing little girls, one of whom is troubled over the death of her own mother and to whom Tessa feels especially drawn.
The book's appeal is heightened by the charming presence of very affectionate dogs and the sprinkling of real recipes (the author is actually a food professional herself). The recipes remind the reader of the power of good, nourishing food, lovingly prepared, to comfort and heal.
I was so sorry when this book ended...it gave great pleasure. ”
“I liked this much better that her first book (The Lost Recipe For Happiness), although I wasn't sure for the first half of the book. ”Cindy M wrote this review Sunday, January 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A light read, a bit of romance, food, photography and a bit of a mystery as well.
read it on Kindle”
“This book has everything. Recipes, dogs, little girls and secrets. It's one of those books you hate to see end. You just want to climb in it and see what happens next to this extended (very) family. ”Carol L wrote this review Monday, September 6, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No