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A Pinch of Love Bessette, Alicia ( Author ) Oct-25-2011 Paperback Paperback – 25 Oct 2011

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Pinch of Love Never Hurts 17 Nov 2011
By Lori Caswell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
More than a year after her husband was killed during a relief mission in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, Rose-Ellen "Zell" can't bring herself to move on with her life. Zell who has lived her life with her meals provided via take out or the microwave. So much so, that her husband could even hide surprises for her in the oven knowing it would never be used.

A simple error by a postal carrier changes her life. She receives a magazine touting a baking contest with a $20,000 grand prize. She decides to enter and win and donate the money to hurricane survivors in her husband's memory. Thankfully after a failed baking attempt that almost burns her house down, Zell meets Ingrid. Ingrid is nine years old, lives next door to Zell with her dad, and Ingrid's mother is completely out of the picture. These two form an unlikely friendship as they endeavor to win the baking the contest. They both have very different reasons for wanting to win and this contest could change both of their lives forever.

Dollycas's Thoughts

A compassionate look at the grieving process. The author has mixed together the perfect ingredients to turn out a true recipe of hope and light through the darkness of losing a loved one. The new bonds created are real and ring true in a engaging story that may have you laughing one moment and crying the next.

The characters in this story are absolutely wonderful. Even the character of Zell's husband is fully developed and his strength carries on in Zell as she allows herself to grieve her devastating lost. It is true sometimes the best medicine for the hardest times comes from children and our pawed friends.

If you are like me and endured Home Economics in high school you will love the Ye Old Home Ec Witch references and how the "witch" spends her time in retirement.

Keep some tissues handy, the entire story will warm your heart and remember a pinch of love never hurts no matter what you are doing.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
interesting character study 31 Oct 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Wippamunk, Rose Ellen Roy, known better as Zell, remains grieving for her deceased husband Nick, who died one year ago while on a volunteer mission of relief in New Orleans following Katrina. With her dog Ahab at her side, she wears his camouflage apron as a means of remaining connected to Nick though she does not cook, but cannot enter the attic filled with their memories.

A fire caused by Zell's first use of the stove since Nick's death brings Garrett Knox, his replacement at the Wippamunker to her place. She informs the Chief that the cooking fire was caused by the postman bringing her Meals in a Cinch with Polly Pinch. Zell says she was baking cookies for her new neighbor, Garrett's motherless nine year old daughter Ingrid. The two females soon plan to enter the uplifting cooking contest that the Polly Cinch flyer proclaimed.

This is an interesting character study of a woman who is beginning to move through the phases of grief due to her new neighbors especially the somewhat too precocious Ingrid encouraging her to bake meals and treats. The cast is fully developed including the late Nick and even Ahab has a personality as readers will enjoy Zell baking a new recipe for life though she still feels survivor guilt.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Engaging and Entertaining 25 Oct 2011
By Books and Chocolate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rose-Ellen "Zell" Roy is a widow still trying to move on since the death of her husband Nick in a tragic accident during a relief mission to New Orleans after Katrina. She decides to enter a baking contest, even though she doesn't cook, in hopes of winning so she can donate the prize money to hurricane survivors to honor Nick's memory. Her first attempt at baking something for the contest goes wrong and when the fire department shows up to control the damage, Zell meets her young nine-year-old neighbor, Ingrid. The two form a friendship that helps them both deal with grief as they work together to enter the baking contest for very different reasons.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a light but engaging story. I felt the author did a good job combining humor with the very real stages of grief and with a character that was very likeable. The ending is both sad and hopeful, which I can't really explain without giving away too much, and I found myself wanting to read more about Zell, Ingrid, and other characters that were introduced in the story.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
A pound of compassion 30 Nov 2013
By Lanine Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
When Rose Ellen (Zell)'s husband is killed during a relief mission in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, her entire world crumbles. A year later with her faithful dog Ahab by her side, Zell is still grieving, unable to sleep more than a few hours a night. When the mail carrier accidentally delivers a copy of the magazine Meals in a Cinch with Polly Pinch featuring a baking contest worth $20,000, Zell seizes the opportunity with both hands. In her husbands last letter, he wanted to donate that exact amount to the relief effort. Suddenly Zell has a purpose in life and with a new nine year neighbor; she has a companion in her new adventure.

A Pinch of Love reminds us that there's no perfect recipe for the grieving process. Zell learns that only through the love of those around her can she pick up the little pieces of her heart and move on. Although the reader knows what they are getting into when they pick up this book, an uplifting novel, full of hope, they may still be surprised by the joy that can be found within its pages.

-Lanine Bradley, posted on Sacramento Book Review
Well written, lots of surprises, ending a bit disappointing 28 July 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed and likable, and it's written with a lot of sensitivity and compassion. I wish I had life-long friends like Zell does. I was disappointed in the ending, as far as Ahab was concerned, but otherwise enjoyed reading and relating to these individuals. Will read again.
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