Title: Lost Along the Way
Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Daniel Whitaker, Landon Kushner
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Tale of the Curious Cookbook
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.
Sometimes even the simplest of plans become complicated.
When Daniel’s parents unexpectedly die, he must clean out his parent’s cluttered house. Daniel is not looking forward to this. Not only has his relationship be estranged from them, being in the house brings up both happy and sad memories he must deal with.
To make matters worse, Daniel’s own long-term relationship has been deteriorating for some time now, and his job as the local weatherman has caused him to feel lackluster about his life at best. He’s unhappy and unsure of what to do about it, but when he meets Landon, the dark cloud that has seemed to have permanently settled on his horizon soon is taken over with sunshine and a fresh take of life.
Landon has been friends with Daniel’s parents for some time. Admittedly, he’s been quite fascinated by the story they told and because he has a big heart and sweet disposition, offers to help Daniel clean out his parent’s cluttered house. As the men fall into a routine of weekend cleanups, soon a deep friendship begins to develop. When the undeniable attraction begins to sizzle between them, both men are faced with what path their lives might take. But with the help of a packed-away and forgotten cookbook, maybe some of the recipes will inspire them to choose love and romance over loneliness and habit.
I really liked this book. Both Daniel and Landon are mature, likeable men who form a true friendship and bond between them. I enjoyed watching these men slowly begin to like and admire each other and thought they were truly a lasting, sweet pair.
I thought Daniel’s dilemma as to whether to hang onto a relationship and life that he’s always known that has gotten unfulfilled and stale, versus the possibility of having something better for all of them, was realistically written. Life isn’t always easy and often gets complicated, and Daniel’s decision was one that I feel some of us must face. Ms. Sexton handled this wonderfully and I found myself really becoming invested into what was going to happen and whether Daniel truly might find his happy ending… if he had the strength to do it.
Realistically written with characters that were both likable and humanly flawed, Lost Along the Way is a tale not to be missed. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by Ms. Sexton in the future and recommend this book for those who are looking for a well-written romance with realistic storyline.
Reviewed By: Gabbi