After a magical taste of fame, she found herself alone with a son to raise and not much else. Rita award winnersometimes a wrong turn is the only way home. It is the laughter of sisters preparing for a summer wedding, and the peaceful haven for a treasured soul mate’s last days. But now michael is too sick to care for himself, and Jewel has run out of options.
Originally published as barbara samuelno place Like Home tells the unforgettable story of a family bound together by tradition–and the emotional journey of an estranged daughter risking everything for a second chance at life and love. Twenty-one years ago Jewel Sabatino left her childhood behind and never looked back.
But most of all, it is the love she discovers in her own wary heart when Michael’s brother Malachi unexpectedly arrives on her doorstep. Told with breathtaking insight and deep emotion, No Place Like Home is a joyful feast for all the senses, a vibrant bounty of love, and a tender life lesson to be savored long after the last page is turned.
It also means facing the unforgiving eyes of a father betrayed by his favorite child–and letting go of a son who is ready to become a man.
A Piece of Heaven: A Novel
In the sun-baked hills of new mexico, luna McGraw has lived a lifetime of regrets, struggling to conquer the demons that destroyed her marriage and caused her to lose custody of her beloved daughter. In a piece of heaven, the importance of family, she shares another poignant tale rich in atmosphere and insight that explores the complexity of relationships, and the healing power of love.
Luna does not need a man— especially one with a needy ex-wife—to complicate her fragile dreams of the future. Originally published as barbara samuelwith her acclaimed hardcover debut, No Place Like Home, readers enthusiastically welcomed Barbara Samuel into the ranks of bestselling women’s fiction, applauding her stirring novel of loss and redemption.
Yet it will take more than passion to recover the tattered pieces of Luna’s soul, more than time to forgive the sins of an offending husband, and more than promises to mend the broken heart of a child. But as luna fights to rebuild a relationship with the troubled teenager, she remains haunted by images of her own childhood and the father she barely knew.
A piece of heaven is an irresistible novel full of colorful characters and lush settings spiced with the magical flavors of the Southwest, a brilliant tapestry of romance and realism by a master storyteller. Their attraction pushes them both beyond reason into a place where there is only possibility. Strong and resilient as the houses he builds, Thomas Coyote comes into Luna’s life one extraordinary night when his grandmother nearly dies while conjuring a fiery brew of spiritual enchantment.
The Secret of Everything: A Novel
For tessa, the restaurant is not only the key to the mystery that has haunted her life but a chance to find the home and the family she’s never known. Located high in the new mexico mountains, las Ladronas has become a magnet for the very wealthy and very hip, but once upon a time it was the setting of a childhood trauma Tessa can only half remember.
. But tessa and vince are both drawn to the town’s most beloved eatery–100 Breakfasts–and to each other. In this spectacular new novel, barbara o’neal delivers a generous helping of the best in life–family, food, and love–in the story of a woman’s search for the one thing worth more than anything.
At thirty-seven, tessa harlow is still working her way down her list of goals to “fall in love and have a family. A self-described rolling stone, tessa leads hiking tours for adventurous vacationers–it’s a job that’s taken her around the world but never a step closer to home. Then a freak injury during a trip already marred by tragedy forces her to begin her greatest adventure of all.
No more inclined to settle down than Tessa, Vince is the father of three, including an eight-year-old girl as lost as Tessa herself. The handsome widower isn’t her type. Now, as she rediscovers both her old hometown and her past, Tessa is drawn to search-and-rescue worker Vince Grasso.
Lady Luck's Map of Vegas: A Novel
True to form, insisting that they hit the road to look for India’s twin, Gypsy, Eldora throws India a curveball, a brilliant artist who lives a vagabond’s existence in the remote mountain towns of New Mexico. As two women come to terms with themselves and each other, the past unravels and the future spreads out before them like the open road.
Eldora is sixty something and exquisitely gorgeous, but her larger-than-life personality can suck the air out of a room. Award-winning author Barbara Samuel brings us a heartfelt story of second chances and unexpected detours. Suddenly india finds herself back in Colorado Springs with the woman who both intrigues and infuriates her.
Rita award winneroriginally published as barbara samuela successful Web designer, forty-year-old India has a fabulously hip life in Denver and a sexy Irish lover in New York who jets out to see her on bi-weekly visits. It looks like india can’t avoid her mother’s intensity any longer, especially after she discovers stunning secrets from Eldora’s past.
Thirty years ago, eldora regaled her twin girls with glamorous stories about her days as a Las Vegas showgirl– stories of martinis and music at the Sahara, back when Frank and Sammy ruled the town. But the story of how she really ended up in sin City, and the unsavory life she’d run from with her daughters in tow, is full of details she’s never seen fit to share–until now.
As mother and daughter sail down route 66, while passing motels, and souvenir shops, diners, looking for Gypsy, the very road Eldora drove those many years ago, Eldora must relive a lifetime of memories that have tormented her before she can put them to rest once and for all.
The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue: A Novel
. But at forty-six, she was content with what she did have: her caring husband Rick. There’s jade, a fiery social worker who’s finding unexpected strength to deal with her “player” ex-husband, thanks to a most unorthodox passion; Jade’s grandmother, Trudy’s young neighbor and an aspiring writer, Roberta, who has just lost her husband of sixty-two years—and through memory and piercing grief wonders what to do with the rest of her life; Shannelle, determined to realize her talent despite formidable obstacles .
. As she weighs what she and rick still share against new possibilities, she’ll surprise everyone— including herself—as she tries to reconcile the best of both. And a lovely house in the artistic, vibrantly diverse town of Pueblo, New Mexico. Twenty-plus happy years raising three accomplished kids. But a heartbreaking discovery and a suddenly shattered marriage now has Trudy looking back on the choices she didn’t make—and where she might go from here.
Struggling to pick up the pieces, trudy finds support from a quirky, eclectic group of friends and neighbors—her goddesses of Kitchen Avenue—all of whom are trying in their own unique ways to navigate life’s little surprises. Including the husband who’s afraid her success will be his loss; and Angel, a young, quietly-knowing photographer who makes Trudy uncover a sensuality she never knew—even as he tries to get over the one love he can never really forget.
As trudy faces her future, she discovers that figuring out what to let go and what to keep is just as difficult as moving on.
The Scent of Hours: A Novel
And through her delight in the sensual elements of perfume, she will discover the courage to form bonds she never imagined. With little money, and no idea what to do next, even less work experience, she takes tentative steps–if only to keep her head above water. Along the way, nikki unexpectedly finds herself falling in with eccentric new neighbors–and being seduced out of her funk by a charming, elusive ex-Londoner.
Originally published as madame mirabou’s School of Love, by Barbara SamuelSometimes real passion means living the life you’ve always wanted. Nicole bridges still can’t believe she’s taken up residence in a Colorado apartment complex nicknamed “Splitsville. She’s still reeling from her husband’s affair, and having to leave the upscale, a divorce she never saw coming, comfortable world she helped make for her ex and their teenage daughter.
When a discarded flyer printed with the name “Madame Mirabou” provides the spark of inspiration, Nikki dares to blend the fragments of her life into a fragrance that’s uniquely and passionately her own.
The All You Can Dream Buffet: A Novel
These thoroughly entertain with moving plotlines and rich character development. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life’s work after she’s gone. Finally, val, smart and sophisticated, a wine enthusiast who needs a fresh start for her teenage daughter after tragedy has rocked their lives.
And i’ve found a new-to-me author to savor!”—romance reviews today “The All You Can Dream Buffet is a charming tale of food, endings and new beginnings, friendship, and freedom from all that stops one from being true to oneself. The all you can Dream Buffet rings all the right bells. Kirkus reviews “A top-notch romance.
. Perfect for fans of kristin hannah and susan wiggs—barbara O’Neal’s new novel of food, friendship, and the freedom to grow your dreams brings together four very different women longing to savor the true taste of happiness. If you’re in need of the comfort read, this is the one. BookLoons. Coming together will change the Foodie Four in ways they could never have imagined, uniting them in love and a common purpose.
. It has a deep base of warmth, a cupful of humor, a generous dollop of romance, and a gentle dash of the other worldly.
How to Bake a Perfect Life: A Novel
Heartbroken, katie feels that she’s being dumped again—this time on the doorstep of a woman out of practice with mothering. Ramona relies upon a special set of tools—patience, persistence, and the reliability of a good recipe—when rebellious Katie arrives. 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, leaving Ramona as the only suitable guardian for Sophia’s thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Sophia, her daughter, races overseas to be at his side, Katie. And as she relives her own history of difficult choices, Ramona shares her love of baking with the troubled girl.
Literally. In a novel as warm and embracing as a family kitchen, Barbara O’Neal explores the poignant, sometimes complex relationships between mothers and daughters—and the healing magic of homemade bread. Slowly, katie begins to find self-acceptance and a place to call home. And when a man from her past returns to offer a second chance at love, Ramona discovers that even the best recipe tastes better when you add time, care, and a few secret ingredients of your own.
Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from Barbara O'Neal's The All You Can Dream Buffet. But now ramona’s bakery threatens to crumble around her. 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.
The Art of Inheriting Secrets: A Novel
When olivia shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate—and a title to go with it. What she doesn’t understand is why her mother never mentioned it to her. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime.
One glance at the breathtaking rosemere Priory and Olivia understands why the manor, magnificent even in disrepair, was the subject of her mother’s exquisite paintings. As olivia begins digging into her mother’s past, she discovers that the peeling wallpaper, debris-laden halls, and ceiling-high Elizabethan windows covered in lush green vines hide unimaginable secrets.
Although personal problems and her life back home beckon, Olivia finds herself falling for the charming English village and its residents. But before she can decide what Rosemere’s and her own future hold, Olivia must first untangle the secrets of her past.
The Garden of Happy Endings: A Novel
Enduring shock and humiliation as her beautiful house and possessions are seized, the woman who had everything now has nothing but the clothes on her back. While elsa finds her heart blooming in the care of a rugged landscaper, Tamsin discovers the joy of losing herself in the act of giving—and both women discover that with time and care, happy endings flourish.
Preparing nourishing meals for folks in need, she keeps her hands busy while her heart searches for understanding. Creating a place of hope and sustenance opens Elsa and Tamsin to the renewing power of rich earth, sunshine, and the warm cleansing rain of tears. Meanwhile, as pretty and colorful as Elsa is unadorned and steadfast, her sister, Tamsin, finds her perfect life shattered when she learns that her financier husband is a criminal.
Returning to her hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, she seeks work in a local soup kitchen. But when the going gets tough, the tough get growing. After tragedy shatters her small community in Seattle, the Reverend Elsa Montgomery has a crisis of faith. A community garden in the poorest, roughest part of town becomes a lifeline.
From barbara o’neal, comes another magical, beloved author of How to Bake a Perfect Life and The Lost Recipe for Happiness, heartfelt novel—perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah and Susan Wiggs.
The Lost Recipe for Happiness: A Novel
He’s come to aspen with a troubled teenage daughter and a dream of the kind of stability and love only a family can provide. Haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, Elena knows better than anyone how to survive the odds. It’s the opportunity elena Alvarez has been waiting for—the challenge of running her own kitchen in a world-class restaurant.
In this sumptuous novel, barbara o’neal offers readers a celebration of food, family, and love as a woman searches for the elusive ingredient we’re all hoping to find. But for elena, old ghosts don’t die quietly, yet a chance to find happiness at last is worth the risk. With her faithful dog, and her grandmother’s recipes, Alvin, Elena arrives in Colorado to find a restaurant in as desperate need of a fresh start as she is—and a man whose passionate approach to food and life rivals her own.
. Owner julian liswood is a name many people know but a man few do.