Title: From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
Author: Tembi Locke
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
Publish Date: April 30, 2019
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro’s traditional Sicilian family did not approve of him marrying a black American woman, an actress no less. However, the couple, heartbroken but undeterred, forges on. They build a happy life in Los Angeles, with fulfilling careers, deep friendships and the love of their lives: a baby girl they adopt at birth. Eventually, they reconcile with Saro’s family just as he faces a formidable cancer that will consume all their dreams."
My Two Cents:
"From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home" is the story of actress Tembi Locke who falls in love with an Italian chef named Saro. Their story starts out like something out of a romance novel but they unfortunately don't get their happily ever after. Tembi and Saro's relationship is thrown sideways by Saro's cancer diagnosis. This book explores the devastating debris of lives torn apart but also the sheer force of will that can allow us to pick up the pieces and create a new way forward.
This book was hard to listen to at some points. You are wishing so hard that things will suddenly turn for Saro and that his wife and young daughter will be able to continue to have him in their lives. I loved all of the author's rumination on love and loss. I also love how committed she is to building a new life after Saro's passing that still honors the wonderful life she had with him. This was a great book and I really enjoyed it.
I listened to this book as an audiobook, which made for a great experience. The author is the narrator and having Tembi Locke narrate her own story really made for a powerful book. Locke brings a lot of life to the book and also made an already good book even more meaningful.
This pick would be perfect for when you're looking for a story to pull on your heart strings and perhaps let you shed a few tears.