Review: The Secret Ingredient for a Happy Marriage by Shirley Jump

Series: O'Bannon Sisters #2
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Forever
Source: Publisher
Pages: 400
Reviewer: Marie
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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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.



What a delightful surprise this book was! When I picked it up, I was expecting a light-hearted romance. I was NOT expecting such depth and raw emotions. And I can honestly say that I was glad.

This book introduces us to Nora, a woman working in her family bakery, trying to maintain a marriage and life with her husband, Ben, who also happens to have a gambling addiction. Ben’s secret addiction has them on the brink of collapse. They are struggling in their marriage and his inability to control his gambling has them at risk of losing their home. What makes this so difficult, is Nora’s strength and refusal to let this secret out, so she works extremely hard to hold everything together.

But what makes this book so unique is how it approaches some of the core values of a relationship – trust, acceptance, forgiveness, and so much more. It is a beautiful story about how no matter the obstacle, leaning on those around you that love you can be uplifting and take so much of the burden off your shoulders.

Ms. Jump has yet again written a story with strong female characters and a romance that reminds us to continue looking back to what started it all off to begin with. It’s beautiful. It’s brilliant. It’s definitely worth the read.

I voluntarily read a copy of the book generously provided by Forever Romance in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance so she can avoid the towering stack of dirty dishes, eat copious amounts of chocolate and reward herself with trips to the mall. Look for her all-new novella in the anthology ASK ME WHY (with Marie Force, Virginia Kantra and Jodi Thomas), as well as the Sweet and Savory Romance series, including the USA Today bestselling book, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, on Amazon, and her Sweetheart Sisters series, starting with THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN.

Visit her website at www.ShirleyJump.com for author news and a booklist, and follow her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/shirleyjump.author for giveaways and deep discussions about important things like chocolate and shoes.


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