"This story of a young widow edging warily back into the world is full of vivid characters and grace. Imbued with hope but blessedly lacking in sentimentality, it is a fresh, stirring take on the devastation of grief and the holiness of friendship."
-Marisa de los Santos, bestselling author of "Love Walked In" and "Belong to Me"
"Newcomer Alicia Bessette has written a love-letter of a novel. There's enough warmth here to fill your house on the coldest night. You'll wish you knew these people, this world."
-Justin Cronin, author of "The Passage"
"An utterly charming read about love and loss and what makes people go on with their lives after tragedy. Ultimately uplifting. . . striking and evocative."
-Patricia Wood, author of "Lottery"
"Intricately plotted, peopled with quirky, small-town heroes that come alive on the page, "Simply from Scratch" is a wonderful debut. Without shirking from the pain of bereavement and without wallowing in sentimentality, it offers, as a counterbalance to life's sadness, the sweet taste of human connectedness and caring. Alicia Bessette's novel is tender and deft and full of heart, touched with good humor and compassion, a modern hymn to friendship and love."
-Roland Merullo, author of "Breakfast with Buddha"
""Simply from Scratch" is a sweet story of regeneration and hope, delivered by a writer of generous spirit and great heart."
-Rachel Simon, author of "Riding the Bus with My Sister"
"Readers will fall for the characters of this New England town who try to rescue the worn-through heart of one of their own. Told with equal parts warmth, hope, and humor, SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH is destined to be passed among friends who've shared in each other's grief, and honored it with love and compassion. It's a triumph of the heart."
-Amy MacKinnon, author of "Tethered"
"In her wise and delightfully fresh debut, Alicia Bessette has composed a tender song that rises through the clshow more