Coffee Time Romance & More






ISBN# (10)0-553-90615-1/ (13)978-0-553-90615-8 (10)0-553-38551-8/ (13)978-0-553-38551-9
January 6, 2009
Bantam Books (A Division of Random House)
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
464 pages
Fiction/Contemporary Women/Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Julian Liswood is a really rich guy who has a restaurant and takes care of his fourteen-year-old troubled daughter, Portia. After hiring Elena, he discovers a past surrounding her that he wishes to put in a screenplay.

Elena Alvarez feels totally betrayed after being fired from the restaurant where she gave a hundred percent. She wants to be able to run a high-class restaurant, and when the opportunity arrives, she jumps for the brass ring.

Julian is very impressed with Elena. After he stumbles upon some old paper clippings about her life, he works on a screenplay about the accident and losses she has faced. Elena only has painful memories of the accident twenty years ago that left her with severe hip and back problems. While Julian has his daughter Portia, Elena has her valuable dog, Alvin, and her grandmother’s recipe. Julian is trying to go on with his life. He and Portia have been on their own for a while. He and Elena soon connect in a way where he can almost feel her sorrow. Unfortunately, trying to find the right moment to tell her about the screenplay is hard, especially when her ghosts never seem to go away,

I really loved The Lost Recipe for Happiness, especially the recipes printed right along in the pages. The main theme of the book is not just recipes to eat, but a recipe on how to survive and go on living, while beating the odds. The way it shows Elena, and her betrayal, with the agonizing accident was well-written. I could see past all her obstacles and see the damage inflicted to her heart. Yet, I thought it turned her into a strong-willed character with guts and class. Barbara O'Neal generates a remarkable story of sacrifices, love, and family, while penning two rivals against each other trying to work out circumstances in their life. She tells a convincing story that engages the reader completely.

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