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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,...
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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,...
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      • source: Publishers Weekly, on How to Bake a Perfect Life
      • content: "Absorbing . . . [with] lovingly sketched characters and real emotion."
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      • source: Booklist, on The Secret of Everything
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        April 1, 2012
        Reverend Elsa Montgomery has turned away from God for the third time. Can she find her way back? Multiple RITA award-winner O'Neal (How to Bake a Perfect Life, 2010, etc.) offers this warm, comfortingly predictable romance about the healing powers of nature, love and community. After tragedy strikes her Seattle-based church community, Reverend Elsa finds herself sinking into a deep depression, grieving not only the death of a parishioner but also her own faith. Tamsin, Elsa's sister, is worried, her own congregation insists she take a sabbatical and her oldest friend, Joaquin, drags her back home to Pueblo. Years ago, Elsa and Joaquin had nearly married, but a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago had convinced him to become a priest. Now Joaquin, better known as Father Jack, plans to help Elsa heal by convincing her to spearhead a community garden in his impoverished parish. Yet both Elsa and Joaquin have some lingering feelings for each other to work through--feelings that can no longer be ignored when the ruggedly handsome (and tellingly named) Deacon McCoy turns up as the landscaping expert. Meanwhile Tamsin has troubles of her own. Her husband has disappeared, the feds have indicted him for financial shenanigans of international proportions and her daughter just might be engaged to an Italian count. Joaquin, Elsa, Deacon, Tamsin and the community come together to clear the land, plant seeds and nurture the garden that begins to heal all of their hurts. The forces of good in this novel are well developed through the ministries of Father Jack and Elsa, as well as the many communal acts of goodness, such as the soup kitchen, the quilting circle and the garden itself. Darkness looms with gangs intent on destroying the garden and the memories of what happened in Seattle. Yet those forces of evil offer only glancing blows. A book that offers happy but not believable endings.

        COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Elsa Montgomery wanted to be a priest, but it was her best friend and fiance, Joaquin Gallegos, who experienced his "calling" when the pair were pilgrims in Spain 16 years ago. Now they speak often from their respective posts, Elsa in Seattle as a minster of the Unity Church and Joaquin (now Father Jack) in their hometown parish in Pueblo, CO. Elsa returns to her childhood hometown after her third crisis of faith, when a teen from her congregation is brutally murdered. Her sister, Tamsin, whose now-missing husband is being investigated with regard to a Ponzi scheme, moves in with Elsa when the police seize her house and possessions. Needing to be useful, Elsa helps Father Jack and his congregants turn a garbage-filled vacant lot into a community garden. It is at the church that she meets Deacon McCoy, a Tennessee good ol' boy who knows his way around plants. Can Elsa recover her faith in God while those around her are losing theirs? VERDICT O'Neal (How To Bake a Perfect Life) demands that her characters challenge everything they think they know about life and learn to trust in a higher power as well as in one another. The luminous writing and commanding portraits will reward readers who take the journey with her. Recommended for readers who enjoy a bit of philosophy with their fiction.--Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal

        Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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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...

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