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- Print Length: 129 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VUIUG0A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lost Along the Way (Tales of the Curious Cookbook Book 3) Kindle Edition
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5 stars : Book
4.5 star : Narration
WOW!!! The queen of emotional turmoil, heart break, angst and happy endings strikes again! OMG! I just LOVED this story! This story is one of five in the Tales of A Curious Cookbook however, all four stories are standalones and can be read / listened to in any order. I decided to start with Marie’s first as I always know that I’ll be in for a real treat on the emotional front and I was seriously not disappointed!
Daniel and Chase have been together for over fifteen years and it appears at first the ideal relationship. We soon learn however that the love in the relationship has moved on to a more platonic level and this is worrying Daniel. To be honest the story between Daniel and Chase is going to hit home to anyone that has been in a long term relationship where they find out later that their partner has been cheating. Yes, me too! This brought back all those feelings back. Even though you still love that person you know deep down inside there’s no future but stay together out of a deep rooted sense of obligation and loyalty. I reckon the love is still there but in a different form, it depends if it is enough, there are all forms of relationships and I’m not just talking about whether gay or straight, but as soon as you find out the other has been cheating then it becomes all too much. Any relationship needs trust, without that you have nothing. Betrayal of one’s trust and love is the worst thing ever in my experience. Daniel’s and Chase’s story was like taking a knife to my heart. OMG – IT HURT! Do you throw away fifteen years together? Do you try and work things out? Are you ready to forgive? Are you prepared to throw away everything that is familiar to you? All these questions are raised and more. It had me hurting, tearing up and hoping that Daniel and Chase would actually make it. Fault on both sides as always but can they rescue what they have?
Daniel has to go and clear out his parents house and meets Landon who has been taking care of his parent’s house after the accident. I loved Landon! Sweet, optimistic but always respectful of Daniel’s feelings, not wanting to interfere and intrude where he himself might get hurt in the process. It’s no wonder that Daniel starts to evaluate his life with Chase and what had been lost and through Landon finds himself in a flat spin of emotion. Although Daniel parent’s were estranged to him due to his relationship with Chase before the accident there was light at the end of the tunnel and things were starting to improve. Landon shows him that his parents were coming around to the idea and about to accept but all too late. Through Landon he experiences and hears about how his parents were in the last few years of their life. Again a few heart breaking moments as he realises that he should have tried harder with his parents. However, at home in Denver with Chase things are now irreparable, especially now that Daniel finds himself not being able to trust Chase and knows what he has lost along the way. A very apt title for this book.
Did Daniel cheat on Chase? No, not really. His relationship with Chase was already over long ago it just woke him up to the fact. Landon being the catalyst he needed to push him in the right direction to find happiness once again. Also not forgetting the mystical helping hand of Granny B.
But through all of this the mysterious recipes from Granny B’s cookbook have their mystical effect. I loved this touch. Here it is handled fantastically, not overly paranormal or psychic but normal, down-to-earth and believable that there is most definitely more behind the recipes in the cookbook than meets the eye. Every time one is cooked or baked and eaten it leads to events, that although quite normal, you see how the food has had it’s effect on emotions and events. This Granny B must have been one old and wise woman. Great plot idea ~ loved it.
So do we get a HEA with this one? Of course we do it’s a Marie Sexton story. Although the emotional turmoil to get there is overwhelming. Even though Chase had done the unforgivable at the end I cried for him too as he realises his mistakes and through this sees what he has lost. I would have liked a little more resolution on Chase’s side of the story believe it or not. Just to know that he made it too, hopefully learnt from his mistakes and is now happy. There was not once I couldn’t hate Chase, I felt so sorry for him, pitied him and wanted to console him too. He made a lot of mistakes and after all we’re all human no one is perfect. However, I’m sure he’s dong OK now, However, this is primarily Daniel’s story and his emotional journey and oh my did it pack a punch. Not a story for the emotionally faint of heart! READ IT AND FEEL!!
Jeff Gelder is a new to me narrator but did a marvellous job. A lovely mellow voice that had the necessary depth of emotion in his characterisations. There is no way anyone can read a Marie Sexton and then wash out on the narration. I could feel the pain in the voices of Daniel and Chase, the careful optimism in Landon. Wonderfully done and consistent with whatever the characters were feeling at the time. A voice that sat well with my ears from the word go with no having to get used to it. A job well done!
Reviewed by Mark for Sinfully...Addicted To All Male Romance
Add in parents that die unexpectedly, a family home to de-clutter, a helpful neighbor, and this story is set. The mysterious cookbook and recipes of 'Granny B' were a bit much after reading the first book in the story. The only thing that made sense is if Daniel is related to Jason. Unless this is a published cookbook that many people have stored away and know how much comfort the recipes hold. Now Landon was a bit odd in that he fell in love with Danny before meeting him. I guess the lack of gay men in that town plus being around Danny's parents influenced him. Also the psychic mom Libby was referred to a lot yet never shows up in person. Anyway a nice story of love and loss as well as moving on. 4 stars. - Dan's Wife
I loved the pace of this story and how it was a slow build up to the realization of something more between Daniel and Landon. I loved that Daniel was a character with integrity, and that even though his partner was the one who wronged him, the author still let things head down an amicable parting of ways. I loved the significance of the tie to Laramie, WY and how it shaped Daniel’s childhood home and memories (the story of Matthew Shepard).
All in all, the angst, the progression of Daniel’s new relationship, and the ending all make for a believable story that will take you on a journey from tragedy and sorrow to hope and happiness. The mystical Granny B adds that little extra element of mystery and surprise that made this story such a pleasure to read, and I’m pretty confident that you may never think of your recipes in quite the same way again!
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Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog
These series of novellas in the Tales of a Curious Cookbook have been really fun!Read more
This is the first of the Granny B cookbook stories and it’s a great place to start.
The story is brave and honest. Daniel is a fantastic main character.Read more