Series: O’Bannon Sisters, #2
Published by Forever on May 15th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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"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.
THE SECRET INGREDIENT FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE
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.
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