#NewRelease ~ The Secret Ingredient for a Happy Marriage (O’Bannon Sisters, #2) by Shirley Jump ~ #4.5StarReview @shirleyjump @ForeverRomance

Posted May 17, 2018 by Cyndi Becker in 2018, Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Cyndi, New Release, Our Review / 0 Comments

#NewRelease ~ The Secret Ingredient for a Happy Marriage (O’Bannon Sisters, #2) by Shirley Jump ~ #4.5StarReview @shirleyjump @ForeverRomance

#NewRelease ~ The Secret Ingredient for a Happy Marriage (O’Bannon Sisters, #2) by Shirley Jump ~ #4.5StarReview @shirleyjump @ForeverRomanceThe Secret Ingredient for a Happy Marriage by Shirley Jump
Series: O’Bannon Sisters, #2
Published by Forever on May 15th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 400

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


"Beautifully written and unflinching in its portrayal of the complexities of marriage, sisterhood and long-held secrets." -Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

From New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump comes a heartwarming tale about friendship, family, and the unbreakable bond between sisters.


Nora has always been the sister who binds the O'Bannons together. No matter what crisis hits, smart, dependable Nora knows how to fix it. But for Nora, the pressure of perfection is taking its toll.

Nora's marriage is in trouble, and she has been reluctant to worry her sisters with just how dire her situation is. Now though, faced with losing her husband, her home, and the life she's worked so hard to build, Nora can no longer pretend.

As the O'Bannon women rally around her, Nora begins to see that failure is nothing to fear. It's like they say in the bakery: if you want to make something good, you can't be afraid to get messy. When her husband returns, asking Nora to give their family a second chance, Nora must decide if their relationship can be saved-or if it's time to throw out the old recipe and start from scratch.


The Secret Ingredient for a Happy Marriage (O’Bannon Sisters, #2)The Secret Ingredient for a Happy Marriage by Shirley Jump
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This is the first book by Shirley Jump that I’ve read. Partially drawn to the cover, and the title, but the superficial interest stops there. There’s an immense amount of depth to this story beginning with the subject, a marriage on the brink, and the story line and how the characters are developed.

The story opens with the main character Nora in crisis and the stress takes it’s toll on her marriage and her well being. At only thirty and with two young children to consider, Nora makes a decision that will forever alter her family. She’s about to lose everything yet she won’t talk to anyone about it. Her pride and the shame holds her, and it’s a situation that is easy to understand and relate. Nora is absolutely infuriating at times and the lesson she’ll need to learn is all too apparent.

The story is propped up by the secondary story about her mother and the relationship between them, as well as Nora’s youngest sister Maggie, with a glimpses into what they offer and need from each other. It was so easy to find myself immersed in their lives and the situation confronting Nora and her husband Ben. There’s a lot of reason for the anger between them, but there’s more for love and their family..

Ultimately this is an uplifting story about forgiveness and redemption, acceptance and trust. Jumps writing is impeccable. The secret? There are many, but for Nora and Ben it’s about the home they once found in each other . 4.5 Stars and recommendation.

~Review by Cyndi


About Shirley Jump

New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump didn’t have the willpower to diet nor the talent to master under-eye concealer, so she bowed out of a career in television and opted instead for a career where she could be paid to eat at her desk—writing.

She started out in journalism, selling her first article at the age of eleven and dreaming of being the next Jane Pauley. She hosted two of her own shows on the local cable channel and co-hosted a late-night comedy show. After writing 3000 articles and two non-fiction books, Shirley grew too dependent on her robe and fuzzy slippers, and decided a career as a freelance writer suited her better.

After having two kids, she sold embarrassing essays about her children to anthologies such as Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul and Chocolate for Women II.

Then she turned to the world of romance novels, where messes are (usually) cleaned up before The End and no one is calling anyone a doodoo head. In the worlds Shirley gets to create and control, children listen to their parents, husbands always remember holidays and housework is magically done by elves.

She sold her first book to Silhouette Romance in 2001. That novel, THE VIRGIN’S PROPOSAL, won the Booksellers’ Best Award for Best Traditional Romance of 2003.

Since then, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump has written more than 50 novels for Berkley, Harlequin, Entangled and Kensington books. She has won numerous awards, including the HOLT Medallion, the Booksellers Best Award and Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence.

She’s been nominated multiple times for the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award, most recently for THE RETURN OF BRODY MCKENNA, the last book in her McKenna Brothers series for Harlequin.

The first book in her new series with Berkley, THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN, has received a Top Pick from Romantic Times Book Reviews as well as a multitude of pre-publication praise from authors such as Jayne Ann Krentz, who called the book “real romance,” Virginia Kantra, who said, “Shirley Jump packs lots of sweet and plenty of heat in this heartwarming first book of her promising new series,” and Jill Shalvis, who called it “a fun, heartwarming small town romance that you’ll fall in love with.”

Though she’s thrilled to see her books in stores around the world, Shirley mostly writes because it gives her an excuse to avoid cleaning the toilets and helps feed her shoe habit.


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