Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading.

Today’s featured book is an ARC entitled The All You Can Dream Buffet, by Barbara O’Neal.



Intro:  (Prologue)

In the stillness just after dawn, Lavender Wills walked the perimeter of the farm, as she did every morning.  Rain or shine—and it could be a lot of rain in the Willamette Valley in Oregon—she strode with her dogs along the lavender fields and the greenhouses, following the line of the fields where meat chickens were pastured in movable pens, checking to be sure they hadn’t been raided overnight.  She eyed the fences around the chicken houses and rounded the beehives, then headed back along the vegetable fields, some of them still tucked under their temporary spring blankets of easily constructed and deconstructed plastic greenhouses.


Teaser:  And he had been turning away ever since.  She had tried everything.  Sexy nightgowns, of course, and surprising him in the shower, which ended so badly that she never tried it again. (p. 120)


Blurb:  Perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah and Susan Wiggs—Barbara O’Neal’s new novel of food, friendship, and the freedom to grow your dreams brings together four very different women longing to savor the true taste of happiness.
Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life’s work after she’s gone. So she invites her three closest online friends—fellow food bloggers, women of varied ages and backgrounds—out to her farm. She hopes to choose one of them to inherit it—but who?

There’s Ginny, the freckle-faced Kansas cake baker whose online writing is about to lead her out of a broken marriage and into a world of sensual delights. And Ruby, young, pregnant, devoted to the organic movement, who’s looking for roots—and the perfect recipe to heal a shattered heart. Finally, Val, smart and sophisticated, a wine enthusiast who needs a fresh start for her teenage daughter after tragedy has rocked their lives. Coming together will change the Foodie Four in ways they could never have imagined, uniting them in love and a common purpose. As they realize that life doesn’t always offer a perfect recipe for happiness, they also discover that the moments worth savoring are flavored with some tears, a few surprises, and generous helping of joy.


Would you keep reading?  I was captivated by the setting, the whole blogger thing, and fresh starts.  Come on by and share your own excerpts and links, please!









  1. It didn’t seem like the sort of book I would pick up, but after reading your excerpts I think it sounds like a nice read. Something heart warming that I would read when it was cold outside, with a fire blaring in the fireplace.

    Good choice!


  2. Another book to add to my list! Since I’ve been to the Oregon wine country several times, this is a setting I’d enjoy visiting. The Foodie Four sound like an interesting group too.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment.


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