The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship – Review


Author: Shirley Jump

Series: O’Bannon Sisters, #1

On Sale: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Trade Paperback: $14.99 USD

eBook: $6.99 USD

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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 romance—written 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.


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The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship – Review

What a cute, magical novel; it sucks you into the tale of Bridget and her life woes.

I was instantly hooked by Jump and her superb writing style.

In a few ways, this novel hits home for me. Bridget, the main character, is forced to find herself after her husband dies. She’s forced to because she was suppressed by Jim and his lies, forced to because she isolated herself from her family and friends, and is forced to come to terms that her life was ending in shambles, and she needed to be the one to put the pieces back together.  I’ve been there, girl. (Not with the death aspect, but with everything else.) It does take a strong-willed woman to do everything Bridget did.

Little by little, Bridget puts the pieces of her life back together. This is a powerful novel that shows strength does come within – and cake and cookies are always on the positive side. Full of emotion at every turn, Jump proves there is more to life than a broken marriage; a life to be filled with family, friends, and desserts.

I enjoyed how the novel was not all about Bridget. It showed the gap between family and friends, and how something so small can become so moving and mend the bridge between the two.


About Shirley Jump

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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