Smoke in the Kitchen | Gloria S.N. Allen
Hardcover: 382 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 29, 2014)
In her debut novel, Smoke in the Kitchen, Gloria S.N. Allen introduces Sara, a third-generation auctioneer, who recently found the courage to let go of a lovelorn past.
Perhaps, Ben Moses, a well-traveled policy adviser, was just the man to draw the shrewd businesswoman out of loneliness, but their first Easter together in the “extra-large home” they share brings the 40-something couple more than a symbolic new birth into living hope.
Sara wants to fuel, and fill, her kitchen with wood-smoke as she cooks delicious dishes; fend off nagging claims to the old family business she's built up against the odds, and raise a family.
Sara’s challenges are emotionally absorbing and Ben must find ways to help them see the world anew. But Smoke in the Kitchen is more than family drama. The book also sheds light on adoption in Sierra Leone, and just what people need to know to protect their way of life as they take action for Freetown’s eco system.
Smoke in the Kitchen spans the spectrum of love, loss and history as it simplifies issues in deforestation and conservation.