Tuesday, March 4, 2014

As we walk in fields...

The All You Can Dream BuffetThe All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O'Neal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

...of lavender! Luscious! The All You Can Dream Buffet tantalizes, tempts, seduces--and satiates. Not since reading The Lost Recipe for Happiness have I loved one of Barbara O'Neal's books so well. Her writer's gift is fully showcased again here: prose that lights up the page, characters that light up your heart, love and dreams and sorrow and food and growing things--friendship and broken hearts, hot sex and broken promises. Yes, and the kitchen sink, too! Several of them, in Airstream trailers, no less.

Here's the blurb: Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. 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. So she invites her three closest online friends—fellow food bloggers, women of varied ages and backgrounds—out to her farm. She hopes to choose one of them to inherit it—but who?

There’s Ginny, the freckle-faced Kansas cake baker whose online writing is about to lead her out of a broken marriage and into a world of sensual delights. And Ruby, young, pregnant, devoted to the organic movement, who’s looking for roots—and the perfect recipe to heal a shattered heart. Finally, Val, smart and sophisticated, a wine enthusiast who needs a fresh start for her teenage daughter after tragedy has rocked their lives.

Fear not, dear readers, buy the book and dream of spring. A feel-good, heart-warming, restore-your-faith, life-affirming little jewel of a novel. Breathe in the wafting scent of lavender tea, prepare your mouth for the luscious burst of scones and honey, and prepare to laugh and  cry with a few friends. Did I mention I really liked it?

(Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the advance EARC for review.)

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