The Garden of Happy Endings by Barbara O'Neal

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11 Critic Reviews

. . .warm, comfortingly predictable romance about the healing powers of nature, love and community.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

From Barbara O’Neal, beloved author of How to Bake a Perfect Life and The Lost Recipe for Happiness, comes another magical, heartfelt novel—perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah and Susan Wiggs.
 
After tragedy shatters her small community in Seattle, the Reverend Elsa Montgomery has a crisis of faith. Returning to her hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, she seeks work in a local soup kitchen. Preparing nourishing meals for folks in need, she keeps her hands busy while her heart searches for understanding.
 
Meanwhile, her sister, Tamsin, as pretty and colorful as Elsa is unadorned and steadfast, finds her perfect life shattered when she learns that her financier husband is a criminal. 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.
 
But when the going gets tough, the tough get growing. A community garden in the poorest, roughest part of town becomes a lifeline. 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. 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.


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About Barbara O'Neal

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BARBARA O'NEAL fell in love with restaurants and the secret language of spoons when she was sixteen. She spent more than a decade in various restaurants, from dives to cafés to high cuisine, before selling her first novel. O'Neal teaches workshops nationally and internationally, and lives with her partner, a British endurance athlete, in Colorado Springs.






Author Residence: Colorado Springs, CO
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Bantam. 418 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 01 2012

. . .warm, comfortingly predictable romance about the healing powers of nature, love and community.

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Fredericksburg.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Beverley Meyer

Her painful introspection juxtaposed with her generous goodness and tolerance struck a strong emotional chord in this reader.

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Spunky Bean

Excellent
Reviewed by Shelly Bell on Jun 10 2012

. . .a compelling story to read.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on May 02 2012

O'Neal's writing style is engaging and her message is uplifting; this is a great choice for when your soul needs a little soothing.

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The Romance Dish

Good
Reviewed by Janga on Apr 09 2012

If you have read Barbara O’Neal’s other books, then you know they are women’s fiction rather than straight romance.

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Novel Escapes

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Reviewed by Lydia on May 24 2012

. . .characters come across as utterly real, fully relatable and human.

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Books and Things

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Reviewed by Melissa on Jun 06 2012

. . .a sweet book about people coming together at the crossroads of their lives.

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Charlotte's Web of Books

Good
Reviewed by Charlotte Naylor on Apr 30 2012

Barbara O'Neal has written another wonderful book that will tug at your heart strings while making your mouth water.

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Book Finds

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Reviewed by Jocelyn on May 10 2012

There is an elegant quality to O’Neal’s writing that seems to transcend the genre she’s placed.

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I Mainline Fiction

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Reviewed by Sharon Redfern on Apr 15 2012

. . .the book is hopeful and positive even as Elsa is struggling.

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Novel Truths

Good
Reviewed by Judy on Jun 08 2012

I had very passionate reactions to parts of it. Not negative reactions. . .but rather I simply disagree with her premises or the conclusions her characters come to, in some places.

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