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For years, Francesca Campanile was the queen of her home. Standing in her Rhode Island kitchen, Francesca dispensed advice as liberally as she did garlic, arguing nonstop with her son and two daughters. It was a wonderful life.
But now, Francesca's children have moved away -- and for the widowed Francesca, not having a family around to pester, guide, love and cook for makes her feel useless. When Francesca sees Loretta Simmons's want ad for a part-time nanny, she doesn't hesitate. Loretta just wants someone to fill in for a few hours a day, but it's obvious to Francesca that Loretta and her kids need a lot more than that. Loretta struggles to make ends meet, and her choice in men is one disaster after another. Her kids could use some guidance. It's time for Francesca to work her magic -- and the best place to start is in the kitchen.
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Peter Pezzelli was born and raised in Rhode Island. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he lives with his wife, two children and their dog in Rhode Island where, most days, he is busy at work on his next novel. Readers can visit his website at www.peterpezzelli.com.From Publishers Weekly:
Pezzelli (Home to Italy) returns with another tale of an everyday Italian-American family, this one an empty nest. Mamma and all-around good egg Francesca Campanile, widowed with children and grandchildren all elsewhere, is floating aimlessly in her Providence, R.I., house. When she decides what she needs is to be needed, Francesca answers the babysitter-wanted ad of Loretta Simmons, a single mother working full-time. Pezzelli nicely renders Loretta's anxieties as she first rejects, and then, out of desperation, hires Francesca, who is not the student-type sitter she'd imagined. He's also lovely on Francesca's reminiscing about husband Leo and on the mutual sniffing-out processes as Francesca parses Loretta's harried home, and neglected children Penny and Will slowly learn to trust Francesca. Francesca's adult son Joey then unexpectedly returns to the nest. He meets Loretta, sparks fly, and suddenly Francesca isn't certain any of this was such a good idea. Most of the action happens in kitchens: home cooking, good pasta and traditional family values conquer all in this amusing and touching story. (Sept.)
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