by Sheila Williams

April 2005
ISBN: 0-345-46475-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Ballantine Books
Trade Paperback

Juanita Lewis just wanted a small rest from her life. That wasn’t too much to ask, was it? But in fact it was. Juanita wound up in Paper Moon, Montana. There she found friends, a good man to love and a home. But she had made a promise to herself. She promised she would see the world, since she now had a place to come back to. She hit the open road with her truck driving friend Peaches.

On her journey out west, Juanita finds herself cooking in a new age spa for really skinny famous people. While in the spa, she wants to make cooking her dream, and she believes she can take it to the next level. But as she is about to begin her dream, her life takes a sharp left. She has just learned she has inherited an old and haunted B&B.

There is also Juanita's daughter who wants her mom to come to her senses and come back to Columbus. What the daughter really wants is for Juanita to take care of her granddaughter. Then there is Juanita’s son; he is doing things she just does not want to know about. How much can a woman take on her plate?

This was a roller coaster of a read. It was funny, sad, and heart tugging all at the same time. I was cheering for Juanita all the way through the book. She was funny, and she learned how to say no. She also kept her dream alive. Even though her life kept taking left turns, she never gave up. I could not put this book down, and ended up, cooking quite a few meals with one hand! You will enjoy this book. It should be in your TBR pile. Definitely a recommended read.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Pat.

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