“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” ― Alexander Pope
Author: EM Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 206 Pages
Rating: 4 Stars
Blurb: World-class chef Joshua Golden is homesick for Paris before he even arrives in New York, but he’ll endure it—his parents need him to help run the family restaurant while his mother recovers from surgery. Running a place so far beneath his talents is bad enough, but bad turns to worse when Josh discovers his former best friend and lover, Micah Solomon, is living at his parents’ house with his ten-year-old son, Ethan.
For ten years, Josh has done his best to forget how Micah shattered his heart into tiny pieces. Now Micah’s back, fresh out of prison, and helping out at the restaurant. Micah may not be the kind of sous chef Josh is used to, but he is more helpful and supportive than any of the other employees. But Josh finds it hard to keep his distance when, time after time, Micah proves himself a better man than Josh thought. Reluctantly, Josh realizes there is more to Micah than his lousy life choices… but that doesn’t mean Josh is ready to forgive him.
Review: I wasn’t too sure about Lighting the Way Home when I first started reading it. There was some confusion as to why Micah and Josh were estranged from each other and the flashbacks into the past felt choppy. At one point, I almost gave up on the story, but thankfully, I didn’t. Once Lighting the Way Home moved away from the flashbacks, it piqued my interest, and it turns out, this was not a fluffy piece of writing by the author. It had some added depth compared to the previous story I’d read in this series, and though Josh comes off a bit childish, it’s only because he never stopped loving Micah. Micah, even with his past, is the more mature one between the two. Of course, Micah has had to learn some hard lessons in life due to some very poor decisions on his part.
I really enjoyed how these two finally settled their differences, especially with the help of Josh’s parents, who are just a couple of well-intention meddlers.
Even though these two finally have a HEA, the ending left a question that I would like to have answered which, hopefully while I continue to read further into the series, EM will answer somewhere in a future story.