Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 126 Pages
At a Glance: All in all, I would recommend Lost Along the Way. It’s an excellent read.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: 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.
Review: Dang it, Marie Sexton! This is the toughest review I have ever done. In fact, it took me more than a couple of days to think about how I was going to write it.
Daniel has been in a relationship for over fifteen years. Even though Daniel and Chase never married, because it was illegal, they still called each other husband. Estranged from his parents because Daniel chose Chase rather than living a lie, Daniel learns they’ve been killed in an automobile accident just as they are about to meet again after all those years apart. It’s a sad tale when there are regrets on both sides, between parents and son, and that things happened the way they did.
As Daniel makes the weekend trips to his parents’ home, without Chase, to clean out their house, he gets to know the neighbor, Landon, as a pretty good guy who knew his parents well. It’s not long before a copy of a cookbook shows up in the mail addressed to Landon, with Daniel’s parents’ address on it. And this is where things start to get interesting, as Landon makes the banana bread recipe that he had no intention of sharing with Daniel. After a shower scene that sends Daniel racing home to his significant other, Daniel makes a meatloaf from the Granny B cookbook that did more than open his eyes about his relationship with Chase.
God! At this point, I was badly triggered, as Daniel began to wake up to the dawning horror that his significant other is a total stranger to him. I found myself crying at that remembered pain, which is why it was so hard to write this review. I’m not all that fond of reading about infidelity, but I do read it to desensitize myself to my own experience with it. In a way, it’s helped me let go of the anger it’d caused. I did have a bit of a problem with Daniel’s way of dealing with it. But, I’m giving Lost Along the Way some slack because it’s part of an anthology and is made to be short.
All in all, I would recommend Lost Along the Way. It’s an excellent read. It may have some magical qualities about it, but it also has a very human touch. I got something out of this story, even though the subject matter broke my heart.
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