The Secret of Everything

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The Secret of Everything

Tessa Harlow is a photographer and does hiking and food tours. She is close to her dad and he is a magician and goes to his own drum. After spending time with him and his dogs while recovering from a hike tour gone wrong she wants to go to Las Ladronas in New Mexico because she wants to do some tours. After spending some time taking photos and getting some food. She finds a hurt dog and patches him up. She meets Vince Grasso a search and rescue worker and talks to him a bit.

They both soon find each other at 100 breakfasts resturants and spend more time and get to know each other and are attracted to each other to. Vince tells Tessa that his daughter’s names are Hannah, Natalie, and Jade. These two slowly slip into a comfortable relationship. But not all is well in Las Ladronas for Tessa has to deal with some bad things.

I liked Tessa Harlow. She is an interesting character. She cares for animals and is close to her dad, yet she is also vulnerable woman.

I also liked Vince as he is a strong, caring, and interesting…as well as handsome. He cares for his daughter’s and Tessa. I liked how their relationship developed. The food and recipes sounded great and the details into the photography and such were excellent. The side characters also played a great part in this book. I very much enjoyed them and the little girls. They were so cute and believable. The family feeling was a deep part of this book that made me feel warm fuzzies. Overall a great book with lots of plot twists and I was never bored.


Book Blurb for The Secret of Everything

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.


Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 4.50