Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 92 Pages
At a Glance: If you want a quick read that will leave you smiling, Food For Thought is the novella for you.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: Emmett Gant was planning to tell his father something really important one Sunday morning—but his father passed away first. Now, nearly three years later, Emmett can’t seem to clear up who he should be with—the girl with the apple cheeks and the awesome family, or his snarky neighbor, Keegan, who never sees his family but who makes Emmett really happy just by coming over to chat.
Emmett needs clarity.
Fortunately for Emmett, his best friend’s mom has a cookbook that promises to give Emmett insight and good food, and Emmett is intrigued. After the cookbook follows him home, Emmett and Keegan decide to make the recipe “For Clarity,” and what ensues is both very clear—and a little surprising, especially to Emmett’s girlfriend. Emmett is going to have to think hard about his past and the really important thing he forgot to tell his father if he wants to get the recipe for love just right.
Review: I live with a quiet man. I have known him for 35 years, and to this day, he speaks more with silent communications than anyone I know. So for Emmett, whose father was there but seemingly not there, attentive yet unable to ever really express how much he loved his son, I felt a deep understanding of what their relationship was. And author Amy Lane did what she does best, she made another unique, wounded character come to life on the page.
Emmett is crushed by the first boy he falls in love with; pushed aside as a mistake, a passing phase. When he finally recovers, he goes home to the place where a quiet father waits on the porch for him, to tell him he is gay, only to find that it is too late. Never again will he see that lonely figure waiting for him. From there, Emmet turns inward, denies who he is and tries his very best to turn straight. But a feisty neighbor, Keegan, will be his constant companion, and before he knows it, decisions will be made that will either be his undoing or be his redemption.
Food For Thought was a sweet, little morsel of a story. Wounded lives are healed, fears about coming out resolved and, in the end, a family is knit together, a family of two. Yes, there is a rather devastating scene of discovery, and for some that may be a sticking point. For me, it realistically and logically flowed from the story’s core, and I felt it was integral to Emmett finally realizing exactly who he was and whom he wanted.
The burst of fresh air and redeeming sanity found in Keegan, Emmett’s friend, carried the real heart of the story. It would be this clever and sharp-witted friend who would be the perfect foil for Emmett’s deep and almost painful longings. The two of them were so deliciously different that it was easy to see why they were drawn to each other.
Food For Thought is a lighthearted story that still carries the unique and superior writing stamp of Amy Lane. This is a feel good story, with just a touch of angst and a delightful cast of side characters. If you want a quick read that will leave you smiling, Food For Thought is the novella for you.
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