IN-PERSON: Jenn Bouchard signs copies of "First Course"

Event date: 
07/17/2021 - 2:00pm

Jenn Bouchard joins us at our Sidewalk Sale in front of Wellesley Books to sign copies of her new book, First Course. "The food and the characters are equally scrumptious in First Course—a delicious debut from Jenn Bouchard." -Emily Belden, author of Hot Mess and Husband Material.

There is no sign-up necessary for this signing. See you on the 17th at 2pm!

You can buy a copy of Jenn's book below or at the store on the day. 



Second acts can be delicious.

When four life-altering catastrophes hit in just one day-including the loss of her parents in a tragic plane crash-twenty-four-year-old Janie Whitman retreats to her family's summer house in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Here she tries to provide stability for her older sister Alyssa and two young nieces by cooking them amazing food.

Through a mix-up with the alumni office at her parents' alma mater, Janie meets a young high school guidance counselor named Rocky at a volunteer event, and their fast-tracked romance helps Janie to see possibilities beyond the life she had known just a few weeks prior. But with her ex-boyfriend (and former boss) making overtures beyond her wildest dreams, as well as Alyssa's estranged husband willing to do whatever it takes to win her back, the Whitman sisters are faced with big decisions.

Despite the obstacles in their way, when Janie and Alyssa are tasked with establishing a lasting memorial for their parents, they just might find the second acts they are seeking.

"I loved this story of reinvention and finding love when you least expect it. With charming characters and a setting that will have you rushing to book a trip to the Maine coast, First Course is the perfect book to tuck into your beach bag this summer." -KRISTIN CONTINO, AUTHOR OF A HOUSE FULL OF WINDSOR

"In First Course, Jenn Bouchard finds the perfect recipe for a story-colorful characters and a compelling storyline-easily making the reader crave a second course." -CHRISTINA CONSOLINO, AUTHOR OF REWRITE THE STARS

"Jenn Bouchard's debut, First Course, is a sweet, romantic story about Janie, a young woman who, after a series of traumatic events unfolding in less than 24 hours, learns how to pick herself up again and rediscover who she is as a sister, daughter, aunt, girlfriend ... and cook. Bouchard's writing is snappy and smart and whisks the reader away on a virtual summer tour of Maine. First Course is the perfect book for readers to take on their own trip to the beach or pool." -SARAHLYN BRUCK, AUTHOR OF DESIGNER YOU AND DAYTIME DRAMA



After moving eight times before college, Jenn was happy to land in Maine.  At Bates College, she helped run large concerts and campus-wide events, survived the ice storm of 1998, met her future husband, and graduated with a degree in Political Science.  From there she moved to Boston, where she fell in love with the Red Sox and earned a master's degree and teaching certification from Tufts University.  After a twelve year stint in Chicago, she and her family moved back to Boston, got season tickets to Fenway, and Jenn began working on FIRST COURSE, her debut novel.  She has been a high school social studies teacher for 20 years, and she is a regular presenter at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) annual conference.  In her spare time, Jenn volunteers as both a fundraiser and secretary for her Bates College class and is a past president of the alumni association. She is a member of Grub Street, Women Fiction Writers' Association, and Women in Development of Greater Boston. She is an avid cook and is always planning her next adventure. FIRST COURSE will be published in 2021 by TouchPoint Press.


First Course By Jenn Bouchard Cover Image
ISBN: 9781952816499
Availability: On our shelves now.
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Touchpoint Press - May 20th, 2021

Event address: 
Wellesley Books (sidewalk sale)
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714