The Art of Inheriting Secrets
by Barbara O’Neal
This book has been on my to-read list for a long time. Not because I was putting it off (quite the contrary) but because my library simply didn’t offer it. Further, I have over a hundred books on my to-read list, so it wasn’t like I didn’t have anything else to choose from. I’ve recently discovered the Interlibrary Loan system and have been tickled to find all of the books my library didn’t have available there! This was the very first one I requested and I did a little cheer when the librarian handed it over. (So exciting!)
I read my first novel by author Barbara O’Neal, The Lost Recipe for Happiness in 2010. As a foodie at heart, there was something magical about the way she described food in those pages. Most authors just don’t pay the attention to the food detail she does – and I loved it. That book made enough of an impression on me to pick up another of hers. It too, had these fantastic descriptions of food. I knew I was hooked. Since 2010, Barbara O’Neal has become one of my very favorite authors. I look forward to her new releases and add them to my ever growing to-read list, but I’ve also been working on all of her past books as well. The Art of Inheriting Secrets was published last year, in 2018 and is fairly new.
I try really hard to steer clear of reading anyone else’s reviews before I’ve finished a book. Sometimes if I really hate a book I’m reading, I’ll check to see if I’m way off base and check a few reviews, but mostly I just don’t. So, aside from the snippet on Goodreads about this book, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d been a while since I’d read one of O’Neal’s books and didn’t know if it’d live up to my previous encounters. I was really excited to dig in though.
The Art of Inheriting Secrets is about a 39 year old woman who has had some pretty terrible stuff happen to her, not least of which is her mother’s abrupt and recent passing. She ends up in England with an an overwhelming inheritance and isn’t quite sure what to do with it all. I don’t want to give away anything so I won’t go into much detail, but suffice it to say, she’s involved with food, there’s a splash of romance, some family secrets and a good deal of suspense. I enjoyed it as much as her other stories and finished it up pretty quick. I was a little sad when I finished it last night, which is how I always feel when a good book is over.
If you’re a fan of chick-lit, you’ll likely enjoy this one. It’s not a romance, but more about overcoming obstacles in life. And of course, if you enjoy food you will likely find some enjoyment here.