Review: The Secret Ingredient for a Happy Marriage by Shirley Jump


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From New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump comes a heartwarming tale about friendship, family, and the unbreakable bond between sisters.

Nora has always been the sister who binds the O’Bannons together. No matter what crisis hits, smart, dependable Nora knows how to fix it. But for Nora, the pressure of perfection is taking its toll.

Nora’s marriage is in trouble, and she has been reluctant to worry her sisters with just how dire her situation is. Now though, faced with losing her husband, her home, and the life she’s worked so hard to build, Nora can no longer pretend.

As the O’Bannon women rally around her, Nora begins to see that failure is nothing to fear. It’s like they say in the bakery: if you want to make something good, you can’t be afraid to get messy. When her husband returns, asking Nora to give their family a second chance, Nora must decide if their relationship can be saved-or if it’s time to throw out the old recipe and start from scratch.








This is the second book in the O’Bannon Sisters series by Shirley Jump. It can be read as a standalone.

The Secret Ingredient for a Happy Marriage was not exactly my type of read. I usually enjoy reading more about the meet-cute and the beginning of a relationship instead of reading about a marriage that’s on rocky ground but I’m happy I gave it a chance and pushed myself a little bit out of my comfort zone.

If you Google the meaning of slow-paced, this book will probably come up. It took me a huge chunk of the book to finally reach the exciting parts and even those “exciting” moments weren’t THAT exciting (wow, can we please ignore the amount of times I said exciting please). I think maybe I experienced that because it was hard for me to relate with Nora, our main character. I don’t have children and have never been in a relationship let alone a marriage so it was hard to put myself in her shoes. She also doubted herself to the point of frustration, I didn’t enjoy watching her struggle to make decisions (even though I understood where she was coming from).

I didn’t love Nora and Ben (her husband) so it was hard for me to root for their relationship. I couldn’t feel the love or the connection between them. I think because I didn’t get to read all about how they feel in love and didn’t get to see how their relationship was before things started to get bad then it was hard to not look at them as two people who were once perfect for each other but fell out of love.

In the end, I liked how the story concluded. It gives you hope that things will slowly but surely get better. If you are someone who is going through a rough patch with your loved one or just want to know the secret ingredient for a happy marriage so you stay forever and ever with your loved one then you should pick up this book.


Massive thanks to Forever/Grand Central Publishing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


3 / 5 flowers


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