But her platonic roommate Leo Frawley has taken her under his wing, and she is beginning to develop a few skills. They have settled into a comfortable routine when, after a consultation with a would-be patient, Alice realizes that the man, Ray Russo, is apparently pursuing her. At first, she seems to resist his attentions, but maybe for someone like Alice, any kind of attention seems wonderful.
At any rate, this widowed chocolate fudge salesman, who seemingly has lots of time on his hands, shows up with just the right kind of attention: little gifts, food, and lots of charming words.
A woman more practiced in social skills might see red flags everywhere, but not Alice. Then, suddenly, after a social event with her friend Leo and a neighbor Sylvie, Alice feels vulnerable and more lonely than usual. And agrees to marry Ray.
What happens over the next few weeks will tell the tale. What do we discover next? And what will those in Alice’s immediate circle conclude when a big post-wedding celebration is underway? Will Alice finally discover what she needs and wants?
Great characterizations and humorous situations set this novel apart from the average “chick lit” tale. The Pursuit of Alice Thrift carries the reader along in a journey toward a greater understanding of the inner strength of a character who seems fragile. Discovering her own strength is Alice’s most notable achievement.