The Secret of Everything

The Secret of Everything

A Novel

Book - 2009
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In this spectacular new novel, Barbara O'Neal delivers a generous helping of the best in life-family, food, and love-in the story of a woman's search for the one thing worth more than anything.

At thirty-seven, Tessa Harlow is still working her way down her list of goals to "fall in love and have a family." A self-described rolling stone, Tessa leads hiking tours for adventurous vacationers-it's a job that's taken her around the world but never a step closer to home. Then a freak injury during a trip already marred by tragedy forces her to begin her greatest adventure of all.

Located high in the New Mexico mountains, Las Ladronas has become a magnet for the very wealthy and very hip, but once upon a time it was the setting of a childhood trauma Tessa can only half remember. Now, as she rediscovers both her old hometown and her past, Tessa is drawn to search-and-rescue worker Vince Grasso. The handsome widower isn't her type. No more inclined to settle down than Tessa, Vince is the father of three, including an eight-year-old girl as lost as Tessa herself. But Tessa and Vince are both drawn to the town's most beloved eatery-100 Breakfasts-and to each other. For Tessa, the restaurant is not only the key to the mystery that has haunted her life but a chance to find the home and the family she's never known.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks, c2009.
ISBN: 9780553385526
Characteristics: x, 385 p. ;,21 cm.

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Andge1 Jun 11, 2012

I like Barbara O'Neal's books. They are light reading with an interesting story line and include delicious recipes that I can't help but to try. However, I wasn't really impressed how she had Tessa (the story's main character) just jump into bed with the leading man. The focus on the sex really d... Read More »


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pattyloucor67
Sep 11, 2013

Good read. Beautiful setting in New Mexico. Coincidences are rampant,mount the plot was satisfying.

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mswendybe
Jul 08, 2012

Food, dogs, a little romance and a lot of secrets. Engaging story.

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mew7958
Jun 19, 2012

My first book by Barbara O'Neal, and one of the best books I've read in a while. The characters are so real and vibrant you feel you know them, or would like to. The dogs are wonderful, and oh so smart! I will be sure to read anything written by her.

Andge1 Jun 11, 2012

I like Barbara O'Neal's books. They are light reading with an interesting story line and include delicious recipes that I can't help but to try. However, I wasn't really impressed how she had Tessa (the story's main character) just jump into bed with the leading man. The focus on the sex really detracted from the interesting story line.

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