REVIEW: THE ALL YOU CAN DREAM BUFFET, BY BARBARA O’NEAL

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Lavender Wills, owner of Lavender Honey Farms in Oregon, and one of the Foodie Four bloggers, is having a party to celebrate her 85th birthday.

After she sends out her invitations, we meet the individual bloggers as they converge on the farm.

Ruby, young and pregnant, comes from SF, and writes A Flavor of a Blue Moon. Her lover Liam has left her, and she seeks healing and a fresh start.

Ginger, A Cake of Dreams, lives in Kansas and has never been anywhere. She longs to explore and have adventures. She buys an Airstream trailer and starts out, over the objections of her staid and cold husband Matthew.

Valerie, from Wine Dancer, heads out on the journey with her daughter Hannah. The two of them have lost the rest of their family, and are still suffering.

As we follow the foodies in their approach to the Oregon destination, we are privy to some blog posts from the road, with photos, and we can enjoy their e-mails to each other. I loved feeling a part of their adventures, almost tasting the delicious food and seeing the sights along the way. Especially Ginny’s view of the world, since she had been trapped in Dead Gulch, Kansas, her whole life. Now she is experiencing the mountains of colorful Colorado, and as she descends on the Willamette Valley, we can see the lavender fields spread out before her.

The All You Can Dream Buffet: A Novel is a lovely story that will reveal more about how their blogging and their connections to one another can have wonderful healing powers.

Each woman is a at turning point in her life. Lavender faces a big decision about her beloved farm. Can she control its destiny and assure that it falls into the right hands? Will Ginny be able to wrest control of her own life and make a new beginning? And what romance might be right around the next corner for her? What will Ruby discover at the end of the journey? And will Valerie find a new beginning at last?

As each of them turns the next corner, we wait with bated breath, while taking in the lovely views and tasting the delicious foods. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I want more from these friends. Like a sequel. I was sad when the book ended, but it left such a good feeling behind. Five stars.

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16 thoughts on “REVIEW: THE ALL YOU CAN DREAM BUFFET, BY BARBARA O’NEAL

  1. Ooh this sounds great and I’m always looking for 5 star reads to add to my reading pile. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed the time you spent with this one. Books with ensemble casts are great.

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  2. Ooh this sounds great (food!) and I’m always looking for 5 star reads to add to my reading pile. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed the time you spent with this one. Books with ensemble casts are great.

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