Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Secret Ingrediant for a Happy Marriage: Upcoming Release with Review




I was sent this book from the publisher.  My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review. 



Synopsis:

"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."




MY REVIEW:

My Rating: 3 Stars

Format: Paperback

Source: Publisher

Release Date: May 15, 2018

A common theme in books today is addiction. Normally, the first thing you think of when you hear the word addiction will probably be drugs. I loved how this book deals with the addiction of gambling, and how it can tear a family apart. It just brought something different to the story.

This did start off a little slow for me, as it was pretty repetitive in what was happening. We see the struggles of Nora and her family. I would have liked the story to move on a little instead of focusing so much on explaining how broke the family was or them losing their home. It was told over and over again as they were dealing with different stressors. Once it moved past this though, I flew through this and started to enjoy it much more.

I also loved how relatable this was. The characters were everyday people. This is a story based mostly around Nora. She is supposed to be the strong one in her family, and is dealing with how to maintain this fa├žade while she is falling apart on the inside. You also get some information around her sisters and her mother as well.

Overall, this was cute and was just an ok read for me.


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