The Right Ingredients
by Nancy Shew Bolton
Missing the right ingredients for a life of joy, a young baker learns lessons in the true recipe for love.
About the Book:
Ann’s hectic work responsibilities demand all her time and effort, and what was once a useful, satisfactory life has become a burden. Her bakery partner Susan has lost none of her enthusiasm for their business, and Ann can’t understand her exuberance, or her friend’s Christian faith. So she trudges along, hiding her dissatisfaction from Susan, resigned to a life of work, sleep and problems.
Unexpected comments offered by two different people cause a crack in Ann’s armor and her thoughts careen into unexpected directions. Attention from a young widower with a son challenges Ann’s resolve to stay safe and uninvolved. Susan’s example of faith through trial furthers Ann’s curiosity about God. Ann must choose to step toward the unfamiliar freedom of giving and receiving love, or stay in the shadows, stuck in the grip of past hurt and long-standing barriers.
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Nancy, introduce us to the main character.
Ann is a twenty-five year old woman who has operated a cake shop for the past 4 years with her best friend. The shop is now constantly busy, and Ann is overwhelmed by the pace, and by the bleak monotony of her life. As a teenager, she was overweight, had braces and was teased and traumatized by boys. She was also terrorized about dating by watching her two older sisters go through extreme dating turmoil. As an already shy introverted person, she decided to stay out of any romantic relationships. She wanted to be an artist, but her family of educators discouraged her from pursuing such an unstable profession. So, she is stuck in an unfulfilling existence, which now begins to change under God’s gentle prompting, and a meeting with a widowed father of a four-year old boy.
What do you love about the book?
I love the way Ann inches toward change in her life. I find her caution endearing, as well as her sensitivity and tender heart. I love the sweet, intense romance between her and Tom, and the charming personality of four-year-old Jesse. I really love the characters, primary and secondary!
About the Author:
Nancy Shew Bolton is a wife of 41 years, mother of five grown sons, and grandmother to a boy and girl. Ever since she learned to write, she would jot down her thoughts and impressions in little snippets of inspiration in the form of poetry, song lyrics, or short essays. About six years ago, she decided to try her hand at writing a full length book. She’s since written five works of fiction, two non-fiction, and is working on an idea for a children’s book, as well as more fiction manuscripts. Writing a full-length work is much more challenging than she thought, and she has received so much valuable assistance from other writers, especially from the ACFW critique groups. Her husband has been supportive of her long hours spent at the keyboard. Many thanks to her beloved Johnny! And now she’s under contract with Prism Book Group with a novel set to be released in September 2014! What a journey! She thanks God and His Son for her life, her loved ones and the spark of creativity inside every person. She believes each person is a unique creation, with their own special voice and place in this amazing universe. God’s handiwork amazes her every day!
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