Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life’s work after she’s gone. So she invites her three closest online friends—fellow food bloggers, women of varied ages and backgrounds—out to her farm. She hopes to choose one of them to inherit it—but who?
There’s Ginny, the freckle-faced Kansas cake baker whose online writing is about to lead her out of a broken marriage and into a world of sensual delights. And Ruby, young, pregnant, devoted to the organic movement, who’s looking for roots—and the perfect recipe to heal a shattered heart. Finally, Val, smart and sophisticated, a wine enthusiast who needs a fresh start for her teenage daughter after tragedy has rocked their lives. Coming together will change the Foodie Four in ways they could never have imagined, uniting them in love and a common purpose. As they realize that life doesn’t always offer a perfect recipe for happiness, they also discover that the moments worth savoring are flavored with some tears, a few surprises, and generous helping of joy.
“I don’t know how Barbara O’Neal does it but each book she writes is truly amazing – offering complex stories of women’s lives with her rich use of language. All You Can Dream Buffet is no exception. …..“Don’t worry about this becoming a tiresome book that requires more of you than you want to give, because it’s not. It’s a delightful book that made me laugh just as much as it made me cry. These characters make some hard choices, but this story also looks at what it means to live in the virtual world of blogging, addressing the theme of community in many ways and questioning – How well do we know each other? Are we actually friends? How much should we share with one another?”
“Barbara O’Neal’s The All You Can Dream Buffet is the ultimate comfort read …[it] is a charming tale of food, friendship, endings and new beginnings, and freedom from all that stops one from being true to oneself. If you’re in need of the comfort read, this is the one.”
“In The All You Can Dream Buffet, O’Neal touches on such subjects as the honorable way to deal with food animals in a meat-eating civilization, and healthy vegetable consumption. Portions of the Foodies’ food blogs also appear, including a few recipes. And, as usual, in a top-notch romance, the men are first-rate: handsome, bright guys whom any woman would be proud to attract. Unexpected love rears its attractive head as the weekend progresses and lives are changed in the pace of a few days, but maybe the blue moon has something to do with that. A quick, satisfying read is in store for all who pick up this book for a fun time and a foodie fling.” –Maude McDaniel, BookPage
“A perfect 10! I can’t recommend this beautifully written novel enough. It has a thick base of warmth, a cupful of humor, a generous dollop of romance, and a gentle dash of the other worldly. And, I’ve found a new-to-me author to savor! —Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today
“A sweet tale of friendship and love…[This] heartwarming novel will touch the soul and resonate long afterward.” –Romantic Times