Book Review: Simply From Scratch

 Simply From Scratch by Alicia Bessette

After the bummer of my last read, I was eager to jump into a lighter, easier novel, and this one fit the bill, though the premise does sound sad...

Zell has spent the last year as a zombie, barely functioning as a human being after her husband Nick is killed in a tragic accident in post-Katrina New Orleans. Slowly, though, she comes out of her shell as she strives to win a cooking contest, and bonds with her 9-year-old neighbor, Ingrid, and her (attractive) father.

This is a gentle read, filled with baking, a greyhound who is his own character, a sprinkling of romance, and ultimately, hope. It was easy to turn the pages, and though I might not remember the plot a few months from now, it was a pleasant enough diversion for a Saturday afternoon.

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