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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Simply From Scratch

Simply from ScratchSimply from Scratch
Author: Alicia Bessette
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date:  August 5, 2010

Donated by:  Penguin
A luminous, tender-hearted debut novel about a young widow, a nine-year-old girl, and a baking contest that will change both their lives.

Rose-Ellen “Zell” Carmichael Roy wears her late husband Nick’s camouflage apron even when she’s not in the kitchen. She can’t remember the last time she wore a bra, and she speaks to her dog in the voice of a pirate. That’s her widow style.

It’s been over a year since Nick died tragically during a post-Katrina relief mission in New Orleans. Long enough, according to the grief pamphlets, to have begun moving on with her life. But Zell is still unable to enter her attic, which is full of Nick memories. She hasn’t even turned on her oven because cooking was Nick’s chore. That is, until she decides to enter celebrity chef Polly Pinch’s first annual Desserts that Warm the Soul baking contest, hoping to win the $20,000 grand prize to donate to Katrina survivors in Nick’s honor.

Meanwhile, in the adjacent apartment of Zell’s two-family house, nine-year-old Ingrid Knox is learning to cope with the loneliness of growing up without a mother. With an imagination as big as her heart, Ingrid treasures her doting father but begins to plot how she will meet her mother, whom she fiercely believes is Polly Pinch.

When an embarrassing baking mishap brings Zell and Ingrid together, they form an unlikely friendship that will alter both of their lives forever. Together, and with the help of a lively and loveable cast of friends and family, they embark on winning the Desserts that Warm the Soul contest – and learn that through the many sorrows and joys of life, with a little bit of flour and a pinch of love, anything is possible.


    Tour Participants:
    Jennifer to Crystal:  DC# 9102150134711298535539 (8/13)

    1.   Crystal        My Reading Room  - done
    2    Susan          Susieqtpies Scraps of Life - done
    3    Rebecca      Beck's Book Picks - done  
    4    Leah            Amused by Books - done
    5    Stephanie   Steph The Bookworm - done


    1. Crystal - My Reading Room (didn't read book)
    2. Susan - Susieqtipies Scraps of Life
    3. Rebecca - Beck's Book Picks (DNF)
    4. Leah - Amused by Books
    5. Stephanie - Steph The Bookworm


    nomadreader said...

    I'd love to do this one! (NY)

    Cackleberry Homestead said...

    Crystal F (NC)


    StephTheBookworm said...

    Sounds good! NY

    Amused said...

    Looks cute!

    Wolfe said...

    i would love this one too!


    Tracee said...

    Not sure how I missed this one, but would love to be added!

    Tracee (WI)


    Susie Buetow said...

    Susie (IL)
    arteachersusan at gmail dot com

    Jennifer said...

    Book mailed to Crystal today with DC# 9102150134711298535539

    Cackleberry Homestead said...

    I received on Friday, 8/20.


    Cackleberry Homestead said...

    Sorry for the delay - I mailed the book today - DC#9102 1480 0860 0167 4981 25. I never got to read it but realized I needed to get it on to the next person. I don't think I realized how little time I was going to have once school started back.


    Susie Buetow said...

    I got this book and will mail it out Wednesday. So please email me the address. cafescrapper at gmail dot com

    susie in IL


    Susie Buetow said...

    0310 0480 0001 8847 6464 DC

    Susie in IL

    Wolfe said...

    mailed 10/14

    DC# 03082040000205941727

    Amused said...

    Got it!

    Amused said...

    Book has been mailed: 0306 2400 0002 7006 0248

    StephTheBookworm said...

    This arrived today.

    Amused said...

    Here's my review:

    StephTheBookworm said...

    Mailed to Jen 0310 2640 0000 0587 5238

    Susie Buetow said...

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