Title: Lost Along The Way
Author Name: Marie Sexton
Publication Date & Length: April 15, 2015 – 128 pgs
Three months after losing his parents in a car crash, Denver weatherman Daniel Whitaker returns to Laramie, Wyoming. It’s bad enough dealing with the death of his parents and his failing relationship of fifteen years, but when he finds his childhood home full of clutter, Daniel is at a loss. He enlists Landon, his parents’ sexy neighbor, to help him sort through the mess. Landon Kushner is a study in contradictions. He builds wind sculptures out of scrap metal and loves the outdoors, but he also rides a mint-green Vespa and has an affinity for knitting and fortune-telling. He’s been friends with Daniel’s parents for years, and he’s more than willing to lend a hand.
Their plan is simple: clean the house so Daniel can sell it and get back to his life in Denver. But when a strange cookbook comes into Landon’s possession, Daniel begins to realize that the universe – and Granny B – may have other plans.
This is the first of the Granny B cookbook stories and it’s a great place to start.
The story is brave and honest. Daniel is a fantastic main character. His estrangement from his parents is all too real. Sexton allows Daniel to grow as he empties their cluttered house, but she refuses to offer easy or simplistic answers.
The way Daniel lived two lives through the story – he had Chase and his career in Colorado and Landon in Wyoming – resonated. Life doesn’t just stop when loved ones die.
I’m still undecided on the plot-line that involved Chase. It either cluttered the book or made it much more realistic. Either way, this is an emotional, difficult story. I fell hard for Landon and Daniel and I like the way Sexton used the cookbook to bring the two men together.
If you like your m/m romance with depth and realism, this book is for you.
Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.