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Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review and Preview: The All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O'Neal

This is a book review and preview of the book The All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O'Neal that was recently published in March 2014.

This is the second book I've read by American author Barbara O'Neal, the other was The Lost Recipe For Happiness that you can find my review for here.  Barbara is one busy novelist and has written more than 40 books!

This is the story about 4 women bloggers who form friendships online through their food blogs and travel miles to meet up and stay at one of the women's home, on a lavender farm in Oregon.

The first half of the story is about each of the women travelling to their destinations, the life they came from and the life they want to live. The second half is of their time on the farm, with each of them dealing with their own life dramas, hopes and dreams.

I really enjoyed how this book was written from the 4 very different characters points of view. Each woman was so vastly different in age and background, but their love of writing and blogging bring them together. I warmed to all of the characters and really felt for them on their journeys.

I've never read a book about blogs before and the references to taking photographs, writing posts and checking comments I really liked because I could relate to it so much being a blogger myself. That was my favourite part of the story, when they were blogging and sharing snapshots of their posts and recipes.

I recommend this book to any bloggers out there I think you will really relate and appreciate the friendships formed from blogging and how strangers can come together with a common and passionate interest - in this case it was food and blogging!
I give this book 4 stars

Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch re-runs of Neighbours than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd pass up a pack of tim tams for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read

The All You Can Dream Buffet can be purchased from Random House here

Sharing my book review on Good Reads here

Disclosure: Random House and NetGalley partner with bloggers such as me to help promote their product. As part of this promotion I was given this eBook published by Random House to review. I have not received any payment or compensation for this review. I have not been told what to say about this product, I am free to form my own opinion and share them in my own words. All opinions are my own.

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  1. This one sounds interesting, I'm going to track this one down!

    1. It was a great read. I read the eBook but the books were hitting bookstores last month =)

  2. Thanks Michelle, I'm keen to read this one x

    1. I think you'd like it Rae =)


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