Debut Novel - Smoke in the Kitchen by Gloria S.N. Allen
Please add Smoke in the Kitchen to your summer reading!
This novel set in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa is about second chances. It tells the story of 43 year old Sara Moses who happens to find life’s purpose where she least expects. The challenging situation she faces is not uncommon to Sara. Following the untimely death of her fiancé and her unborn daughter, her life becomes empty and meaningless. With much persuasion from her sister, she picks herself up, dusts herself off, and begins a new life. Sara falls in love and marries Benjamin Moses, a government official. Still plagued by arduous trials including her desire to have children, she starts the process of adopting two children. This does not go well due to retaliation from an unknown source. Feeling devastated, Sara channels her energy by forming a reforestation society and encourages an entire nation to replant the forest. At the end, Sara provides a second chance to nature as well as to two innocent children.
This highly engrossing book gives readers a glimpse into the real Sierra Leone, a country given a second chance from an environmental perspective.
About the Author
Gloria Allen is a freelance writer who lives in Somerset, New Jersey. She lived in Freetown, Sierra Leone before emigrating to the United States of America in May 1997. While in Sierra Leone, Allen owned a secretarial institution and organized professional development conferences, training programs, and workshops for administrative and secretarial personnel. She also founded the National Association of Secretaries in 1995. Between 1994 and 1996, she self-published two booklets, Guide to Administrators and Secretaries and premiered the first secretarial magazine, The Secretary.
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