A Pinch of Love
By Alicia Bessette
(Plume, Paperback, 9780452297111, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Categories: Contemporary Women
With a little bit of flour and a pinch of love, anything is possible...
Rose-Ellen "Zell" Carmichael Roy doesn't cook, but she wears her late husband Nick's camouflage apron every day. That's her widow style. It's been more than a year since Nick's tragic death during a post- Katrina relief mission in New Orleans, but Zell can't bring herself to move on. Then, a postman's error spurs her to enter a baking contest in the hopes of donating the grand prize to the hurricane survivors in Nick's memory. After Zell's first attempt at baking goes embarrassingly awry, she meets Ingrid Knox-her motherless nine-year-old neighbor-and the two forge an unlikely friendship that will alter both their lives forever.
Alicia Bessette was born and raised in central Massachusetts and graduated from La Salle University in Philadelphia. A pianist and freelance writer, she and her husband, novelist Matthew Quick, live near Philadelphia with their adopted racing greyhound, Stella. Simply from Scratch is Alicia's first novel.
"Alicia Bessette has written a love letter of a novel. There's enough warmth here to fill your house on the coldest night."
--Justin Cronin, author of The Passage
"A strong, richly detailed debut novel, with a truly lovable heroine. . . . Fans of Cecilia Ahearn's PS, I Love You will find a lot to like here."