My Mother-in-Law handed me a book to read over the Memorial Day weekend. Titled How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O'Neal, the book centers around a boulangerie, a bakery that specializes in selling bread, and its proprietor Ramona Gallagher, her daughter, Sophia, and Sophia's stepdaughter, Katie.
The novel opens with the reader being informed of the bakery's dire financial straits; pregnant Sophia's military husband injured by an IED; and Ramona's new unfamiliar house guest, teenage Katie, whose dad is in a German hospital, her mom arrested on meth charges, and her step-mom on an airplane headed overseas. The story line is anything but boring!
"He carefully finishes the pain au chocolat, brushing his hands, and regards me silently for a moment. Once, the story goes, he was in love with my mother, but my father swept her off her feet and she married him instead. Cat opened a restaurant to compete with my father. For decades now they have jockeyed for top honors in the city. When I look at my father, sturdy and square and blessed with Paul Newman eyes, I see that he must have been handsome at once, but I fail to know how he could have outshone Cat."
Pain au Chocolat