Sunday, June 7, 2015

LOST ALONG THE WAY by Marie Sexton

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: April 15, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-63216-858-0
MM, Contemporary
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4.5


Daniel had no idea his parents had become hoarders. He expected a couple of weekends would be all the time he’d need to clear out their house and sell it after their unexpected deaths. Instead he finds the house crammed with boxes of stuff all needing careful sorting, his live-in lover of fifteen years withdrawing from him and unhappy, and his parents’ neighbor a man of many contradictions.

Daniel’s parents had made him choose between them and his gay lover, and he’s been perfectly happy with the man he loves until just recently. Now his life is turned completely upside down and Marie Sexton has penned an unusual, yet very logical and at times poignant story of what happens next. It breaks some of the rules of romance stories, but it breaks them in a thoughtful, almost necessary way, rather than by being provocative or simply thumbing its nose at tradition. Daniel’s love story is a little different, but it’s more powerful because of the stresses and pressures he’s undergoing. The options, the differences, and the people are what make this a riveting story, and quite definitely still a romance.

The cookbook is a neat plot method, but the people are just as much the stars of the story as the cookbook and its recipes. Daniel, Landon, and Chase are all very multifaceted and engaging characters, and there are several excellent lines of dialogue in the story.

It’s a very clean production, kudos to the author and editor.

Ms. Sexton is a talented author with a healthy backlist I’ll be checking out soon. I really liked this book.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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