Back of the Book:
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 Ramona’s bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. She’s one water-heater disaster away from losing her grandmother’s rambling Victorian and everything she’s worked so hard to build. When Ramona’s 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 Sophia’s thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Katie.
Perhaps it's because I can relate so well to Ramona's plight but I really enjoyed this. No, I'm not a baker (cook-hah) but I am quickly approaching my fortieth birthday and will have grown children capable (although I hope not too soon) of marrying and baring babies. Yikes. I think my life flashed before my eyes as I re-read that last sentence. Still worried about finding the perfect partner. Still working at my passion every single day. Wait was it me the author wrote about?
Although Ramona is surrounded by interesting and entertaining secondary characters and sub-plots, she remains very much so at the nucleus of this story. She's a character women can identify with. Here, we are adults and yet most of us still feel as though we're in our late twenties with more crow's feet. Still worried about many of the same things. Falling in love. Taking care of our families. Finding a passion to work at every single day. Taking care of ourselves. Still wrestling with our pasts, our decisions. While many of us weren't pregnant at fifteen- I can still think of many mistakes any one of us still regrets from those tumultuous times.
How to Bake a Perfect Life is heart-felt and wonderful and quite frankly everything you want in a perfect book.