Starting from Scratch is a story about dealing with love, loss, and new beginnings.
When Caroline “Cookie” Walker loses her husband unexpectedly, she doesn’t know if she can start her life over without him. He’s always taken care of everything. She’s only ever been a housewife and a stay-at-home-mom to her three kids. Her family, friends, and the gossipy PTA moms at her daughter’s school are worried about her…
and they don’t know how she’s going to do it, either.
When she finally decides that she needs to start her life from scratch,
she has to make some big changes. A new house, a new business! Her family undergoes some changes as well as her three children adjust to life without their father.
With all that going on around her, Cookie starts spending a lot of time with Dylan Cooper, a friend of the family who is in the middle of a nasty divorce. While Cookie is glad to have found someone who understands her feelings of loss, she’s oblivious to the fact that Cooper has developed romantic feelings for her. He eventually makes his feelings known and Cookie has to decide if she is ready to juggle three kids, a new business,
and a possible new romance… something everybody in town is talking about!
I started writing this a few years ago. But in December 2016, my family lost our home (and basically everything in it) in a fire, so for the longest time, I felt like all I’d been dealing with was loss. Usually, when things get tough, I can turn to writing as an escape, but not this time. It took me ages to go near this story again.
But once we got settled back in our house almost a year later, I decided that maybe it was time to pick up where I left off. I used National Novel Writing Month to hold me accountable and wrote 50,000 words in November. I finally finished this one in December 2017 or January 2018. (I was at the end of my first semester of grad school; it’s all a blur.)
After sitting on this one for months and reading and rereading and editing for over a year, I think it’s finally time to let this one out into the world!
You can pre-order it now & it will automatically be delivered to your Kindle on April 20!
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