"A poignant and touching story of friendship, love and healing. Perfect for your book club!"
—#1 New York Times bestselling author, Barbara Freethy
A recipe for living . . .
New friends can be found in unexpected places. For Bridget and Amy, that place was the cancer ward of an Anchorage hospital. Now, as each struggles to overcome loss, they lean on each other for support—sharing suppers, laughter and tears.
Bridget and Amy aren’t about to let hardship knock them down—Bridget plans to return to her veterinarian school studies, Amy to her position as a second-grade teacher—but neither feels quite ready. And so the Sunday Potluck Club is born, a way for Bridget, Amy, and other women who have lost a loved one to find solace and understanding. Savoring favorite dishes while sharing memories and the comfort of connection, the members of the Sunday Potluck Club nourish body and soul.
As weeks go by and the group grows in unforeseen ways, both Bridget and Amy are inspired to find greater purpose. Amy reaches out to a student whose father bravely faces his own struggle. Bridget volunteers at the local animal shelter, rehabilitating dogs whose unconditional love will bring others a chance to heal. And with the help of two special men, Bridget and Amy are realizing that there’s always room at the table for love and rekindled joy . . .
Storm (Home Sweet Home) explores the healing power of friendship in this pleasant tale and series launch set in Anchorage, Alaska. Second-grade teacher Amy Shannon and her friends Hazel, Bridget, and Nichole have all dealt with their parents' cancer (Nichole's father is the only one to survive). After bonding in the hospital cafeteria, the quartet becomes the Sunday Potluck Club. This installment focuses on Amy, who, while driving home one night, is rear-ended by Trent Holt, one of the most attractive men she's ever met. Widower Trent's daughter, Olivia, turns out to be a student in Amy's class, and when Amy discovers that shy Olivia is tongue-tied after losing her mother, she understands why Olivia had struggled in her classroom and longs to bond with the little girl, who then sets her mind to matchmaking. While the book opens with a funeral, Storm's sprightly story is anything but glum. She keenly portrays the characters' myriad ways of grieving, while giving them opportunities to seize the day and make the most of life. This has plenty of verve and will easily capture the hearts of readers.