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    Emotions run high in this wonderful story. Family, friendship, secrets, truths, and second chances are all front and center in this one. Events of the past will definitely shape the future of all the characters. Olivia Martindale left Montana and her husband two years ago. It seemed the best thing to do at the time. Now she's back for a time to help her almost adopted daughter. While home she comes upon a family recipe book. The book will become much more than family recipes and keepsakes as Olivia decides to make each of the recipes. Going through the book and recipes proves to be a healing power for Olivia. A great story that will take you on a memorable journey. I highly recommend this one.
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    Family History through a Cookbook

    Having collected family history, snippets and recipes then put them onto a CD to disperse to family I was eager to read this story. This book does tell the history of a long line of brave women who shared down through the years one book in which they preserved not only recipes but so much more. Tucked away and found decades later then cooked from by those remaining in the current era the recipes brought back missing memories and tastes of the past for the woman who hid it away so many years before. As the recipes were made and talked about so were the people from the past and their histories. Olivia returns home to Montana with two young once abused foster daughters looking for security that she turned her back on two years before. She still loves her husband but feels that they have a problem too big to deal with - I have to say I felt she was a bit immature in her behavior and couldn’t really understand why perfect Jace waited for her so long. Olivia’s grandmother who tucked the cookbook away with other items was strong, serene and a healer with much pain in her past. Olivia’s mother was a physician that was outspoken and blunt (where did her personality come from?) and Olivia’s sister was almost a caricature with superhuman abilities in her overlarge frame and outspoken voice. Kyle with Asperger’s was a wonderful young man that I wished the best for. The family interactions were interesting, the little girls precious, the romance drawn out then it seems time had to be made up for and I am not sure why but at times I felt the book was a bit preachy or teachy…not much…just sometimes. Anyway, this book had many topics discussed within it: abuse, war, racism, bigotry, bullying, natural healing, mental illness, family, loss, cooking, misogyny, harassment…and more. All in all it is a feel good book with a happy ending for all but. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC – this is my honest review.
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