36-year-old Sophie Stanton has lost her young husband to cancer.
In an age where women are expected to be high-achievers, Sophie desperately wants to be a good widow - a graceful, composed Jackie Kennedy kind of widow.
Alas, Sophie is more of a Jack Daniels kind. Guzzling cartons of ice-cream for breakfast, breaking down in the frozen food aisle of her local supermarket, showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers - soon she's not only lost her husband, but her job and her waistline.
With nowhere to go but up, Sophie leaves California for Oregon and after several false starts opens her own fabulous bakery.
Juggling the success of the bakery, her friends and her new life, Sophie proves that with enough humour and chutzpah it is possible to have life after loss. And falling in love again is all she needs...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 05/05/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099471455
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Review by Fantasma
An average book, or maybe it's just me that lately can't find a book that really grabs me... at least almost everybody seemed to enjoy this one more than me.I thought it would be funnier, of course Sophie isn't happy because her husband died but I was expecting other kind of reactions. The best (or worse??) parts were the ones about her cooking, that made me hungry and wishing to try some of that ;) And the end, I know authors aren't obliged to "close up" all the story, but it just seemed too opened to me. Sophie is feeling better, reunites all her friends and family, but nothing feels resolved, I just had the feeling that the next day everything would be the same and the stroy would go on in exactly the same way.A light read but not a terrific story.