I have been tangled in the web of words for a very long time. I remember being a child and riding my bike to the local library, only needing help getting home because I had checked out so many books.~~
My love of the written word has grown over the years. I recently left my dream job at Barnes & Noble to marry the man of my dreams. I am writing this blog to share with you the books I have read throughout the years. Please feel free to comment and discuss.
There is a common theme that runs through the books by Barbara O'Neal. And that is the healing power of food. Her new book, The Garden of Happy Endings, continues that theme.
In this book we meet a Seattle Reverend Elsa Montgomery. Elsa is on a sabbatical after a fourteen year old member of her Parrish was brutally murdered. And Elsa found the body. Her faith is on rocky ground and she hopes that a trip home to Pueblo helps restore her faith. At the insistence of her childhood best friend, and former fiance, Father Jack, she gets involved in a project of a community garden in the roughest part of town. Even when Elsa discovers that her Brother-In-Law has bilked people out of millions and her sister, Tamsin's, world falls apart, Elsa still stays focused on the community garden and what it is becoming to many people in the community. Together Elsa and Tamsin discover the healing power of food as they work through their hurts and put their lives back together.
I always enjoy Barbara O'Neal's books. There is something about them that just seems - peaceful, for the lack of a better word. Even though her characters are always struggling with a major issue, they always find peace in food. Whether it be baking bread or working as a chef, or as it was with Elsa, gardening. There is something about the act of giving that shines through in her novels and the giving comes in the form of food.
I really enjoyed The Garden of Happy Endings, just like I knew I would. The scenery, the food, the connections, and most of all the characters. Barbara O'Neal has written another wonderful book that will tug at your heart strings while making your mouth water. You have to read it just to get to the end and the recipes!