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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. 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.


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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. 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.

30 review for Lost Along the Way

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    ~3.5~ If you read Lost Along the Way, I dare you not to think of it the next time you make meatloaf or bake banana bread. If you had Granny B's magic cookbook, the meatloaf would give you clarity, and the banana bread ... well, you'll have to ask Landon for that recipe. Daniel has been with the same man for 15 years and he's still with him throughout most of the story. Chase isn't good for Daniel, but Daniel clings to the past and to hope. The man who brings Daniel joy lives in Wyoming and makes ~3.5~ If you read Lost Along the Way, I dare you not to think of it the next time you make meatloaf or bake banana bread. If you had Granny B's magic cookbook, the meatloaf would give you clarity, and the banana bread ... well, you'll have to ask Landon for that recipe. Daniel has been with the same man for 15 years and he's still with him throughout most of the story. Chase isn't good for Daniel, but Daniel clings to the past and to hope. The man who brings Daniel joy lives in Wyoming and makes wind sculptures. Landon is open, caring, and unpretentious. I wanted to know so much more about him, but this is not Landon's story. At 60 percent, Daniel eats Granny B's meatloaf and SEES. At 83 percent, he doubts. At 92 percent, he follows his heart. The theme of cooking as magic and inspiration is well done in this novella. Sexton is a strong writer, and I wasn't bored for a moment. This isn't a particularly steamy read, but there is a slow, alluring sensuality that draws the reader in. There is no cheating (view spoiler)[at least not on Danny's part (hide spoiler)] , but there is closure and a sweet HEA. This is a poignant, nuanced read, beautiful in a way, but I wanted Danny and Landon together, really together, much sooner.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I think I'm the only person who didn't like this book. Like, the only one. I loooove Marie Sexton, and I basically worship her, but this one was all wrong for me. To start, I'll talk about the audiobook narrator. Jeff Gelder. I've listened to a few books narrated by him, and he is usually an okay narrator for me. Not with this one. I really didn't like his stilted manner of speaking, and his tone, which was almost void of emotion. It sounded vaguely robotic to me, and I think that the audio had I think I'm the only person who didn't like this book. Like, the only one. I loooove Marie Sexton, and I basically worship her, but this one was all wrong for me. To start, I'll talk about the audiobook narrator. Jeff Gelder. I've listened to a few books narrated by him, and he is usually an okay narrator for me. Not with this one. I really didn't like his stilted manner of speaking, and his tone, which was almost void of emotion. It sounded vaguely robotic to me, and I think that the audio had a serious affect on my star-rating. He took weird pauses while speaking, and it broke up the dialogue in a way that was disconcerting. In terms of the story, I just had a really hard time getting behind a couple that was basically courting and getting to know one another while one guy had a boyfriend of 15 years. When Landon and Daniel meet, Daniel is still living with his serious boyfriend and even calls him his "husband". Sure, the boyfriend was sort of a dick, and we all knew that that relationship was doomed, but the boyfriend and Daniel had been together for SO long, that all of the flirting between Landon and Daniel just felt wrong to me. I didn't like how Daniel was wiling to give his relationship with his boyfriend a fighting chance, and then immediately after they broke up, he was super-fast lovey with Landon. The magical elements of this book were okay, but nothing worth getting excited about, IMO. I felt sort of "meh" the whole time I was listening, and I was missing feeling my usual Marie Sexton LURVE. Though I seem to be in the minority, I didn't enjoy this one. (Picture a really sad face here.) **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    Marie Sexton is one of my favorite contemporary authors – and I’ve been missing her new material for a while now. She did release a much darker stories in a different pen name, but I have always leaned towards her sweet ones. So when I found out that Sexton was part of this series, I just knew that I had to read it. Lost Along the Way easily becomes my favorite entry of the “Tales of the Curious Cookbook” series so far (the previous novellas are written by R.J. Scott and Amy Lane). I guess the Marie Sexton is one of my favorite contemporary authors – and I’ve been missing her new material for a while now. She did release a much darker stories in a different pen name, but I have always leaned towards her sweet ones. So when I found out that Sexton was part of this series, I just knew that I had to read it. Lost Along the Way easily becomes my favorite entry of the “Tales of the Curious Cookbook” series so far (the previous novellas are written by R.J. Scott and Amy Lane). I guess the key element that made this story fit my taste was the ‘journey’ that Danny experienced along the way (see what I did there *wink*). Not only that Danny had to deal with sorting the clutter of items in his childhood home – and realized that there was a lot to learn about his parents after years of estrangement – but also the fact that his long-time relationship was falling apart. At the same time, there was the growing attraction with the scruffy neighbor, Landon, who had been friends with Danny’s parents for the last five years. First of all, for those of you who are worried about cheating, rest assured that there isn’t any cheating on Danny’s part. He did however spend quite a bit of time with Landon while the two of them worked together to clean out the house. But, I found the chemistry and friendship between the two of them to be built quite naturally. Second of all, I loved the way Sexton wrote about the ending of Danny’s current relationship. It would be too easy (and probably predictable) to make Danny’s husband, Chase, a despicable human being. However, I felt that in the end, Chase was also shown as having true regret, and what happened next was something that cannot be avoided. It was acceptable progress and BOTH men had their closure. The purpose of Granny B’s mystical cookbook was quite eloquent here. I loved how Landon was written as someone who believed in magical things (his own mother was his psychic advisor, how adorable was that?). This novella was longer than the previous two which, for me, resulted in a more satisfying read. It is a beautiful, at times heartbreaking (when you think about a fifteen year of relationship ending), but also hopeful story about finding love the second time around. The ARC is provided by the publisher for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bitchie

    I liked this story. I think it was more about accepting your relationship and moving on than anything else. By the time things finally came to a head, all Daniel really felt was relief, and I got that. It seemed fast, but when it's already been over in your head for months, what's left to angst over? Yeah, I got it! Great story, and I loved Landon. I'd also kinda like to read about Chase down the road, he didn't seem like an awful guy, just one who fucked up.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer☠Pher☠

    I think that I don't enjoy reading about really long relationships gone wrong. This was 15 years. That is a really long time. I couldn't get over the time to see the future. It just put such a dark cloud over the book for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Renée

    4.25 stars! I really enjoyed this one! I can't even place what it was exactly, it just all came together and worked for me. I wish there was more time spent with the MCs in their HEA, but it's a novella, so I understand. I really liked Danny and Landon! Best one so far for this group of stories.

  7. 5 out of 5

    James Cox

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters, the plot, the entire story was fantastic!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ele

    *4.5 stars* Granny B strikes again, this time with meatloaf and banana bread. Targets: Daniel and Landon. This is my favourite book of the series and this doesn't surprise me, I pretty much love everything M.Sexton puts out there. Daniel is a Denver weatherman. He lives with his partner of fifteen years, Chase and has only recently reconnect with his estranged parents. His quiet life is about to change after a phonecall that informs him that his parents have died in a car crash. Now, he has to de *4.5 stars* Granny B strikes again, this time with meatloaf and banana bread. Targets: Daniel and Landon. This is my favourite book of the series and this doesn't surprise me, I pretty much love everything M.Sexton puts out there. Daniel is a Denver weatherman. He lives with his partner of fifteen years, Chase and has only recently reconnect with his estranged parents. His quiet life is about to change after a phonecall that informs him that his parents have died in a car crash. Now, he has to deal not only with this big loss and his failing relationship with Chase, but also with returning to his hometwon to clean and sell the mess of a house that his parents left him. Oh and lets not forget Landon, the sexy neighbour who is there to help him. Landon. What a fine and intriguing man. Muscled with tatoos, yet gentle and kind. He rides this tiny vespa, he builds wind sculptures for a living, he checks his horoscope religiously and has his personal psychic advisor. He was close to Daniel's late parents and he is there for Daniel too, every step of the way. They become friends, until this friendship turns to something more. I liked the way Sexton stretched the timeline here. Nothing happen overnight.For the most part of the book Daniel is in a relationship with Chase but this did not bother me. During this time we watch this relationship falling apart but at the same time his connection with Landon gets stronger and stronger. (view spoiler)[There is no cheating here. On the contrary Daniel gets cheated on by Chase and this is pretty obvious from the start. (hide spoiler)] There is not too much steam here but it was enough (although I wouldn't say no to a few more sex scenes cause I know miss Sexton nails them). The magic powers of the cookbook are working full force here and let me tell you that meatloaf is merciless. Daniel and Landon are good, good men and everything in their story came together beautifully. Their hard earned HEA left me grinning and sighing like a fool... "God, it was like the whole world clicked into place. Like the tornado had ceased and I’d finally landed back home. Like all of his planets and stars andsupernatural signs had come into alignment, pointing us here, to this time and place. To this house. This moment. This kiss. I’d taken the long road—the hard road—but I’d finally arrived at the only place I was ever meant to be."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    3.5 stars I just adore these sweet little stories with just a hint of magic, they're reminiscent of the Petit Morts series, another favorite of mine. This starts a little rough, with Danny's parents dying right off the bat and his 15 year relationship on rocky ground. But I quickly enjoyed watching his friendship bloom with Landon, and seeing how the magical cookbook would help them figure things out. I love the way the recipes "provide clarity" and "cut through the bullshit," no love potions her 3.5 stars I just adore these sweet little stories with just a hint of magic, they're reminiscent of the Petit Morts series, another favorite of mine. This starts a little rough, with Danny's parents dying right off the bat and his 15 year relationship on rocky ground. But I quickly enjoyed watching his friendship bloom with Landon, and seeing how the magical cookbook would help them figure things out. I love the way the recipes "provide clarity" and "cut through the bullshit," no love potions here. It made the heartbreak more bearable, and I adored how Danny ended up handling things with Chase (view spoiler)[Chase made the meatloaf and it made him realize his mistakes and take responsibility, then Danny comforted him while he cried (hide spoiler)] . The audio version was narrated by Jeff Gelder and he did a wonderful job. Despite the topics, I didn't find this overly emotional, and the narration was appropriately light. It had more of an uplifting feel, Danny was entering a new stage of his life and was opening his eyes to new people and new experiences. And as always with novella's, I find the length perfect for an audio book. Received audio version from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, reviewed for Hearts On Fire Part of the Tales of the Curious Cookbook anthology, I liked 4/5 of the stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jewel

    Lost Along the Way was exactly what I needed in the middle of a tough week at work. Marie Sexton's writing just meshes with me. I've enjoyed everything of hers that I've read and this book was no exception. I loved the mystique of the cookbook and how it puts Daniel on the path to happiness. And I loved Landon and just how in touch he was with his more whimsical side. He is exactly what Daniel needs. Reading this book just made me happy. ​Lost Along the Way was exactly what I needed in the middle of a tough week at work. Marie Sexton's writing just meshes with me. I've enjoyed everything of hers that I've read and this book was no exception. I loved the mystique of the cookbook and how it puts Daniel on the path to happiness. And I loved Landon and just how in touch he was with his more whimsical side.​ He is exactly what Daniel needs. Reading this book just made me happy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I really enjoyed Granny B's magic cookbook and her meatloaf and banana bread recipes. :) Loved Landon, the gentle bear and David, the sad weatherman. Loved how everything in their story came together beautifully at the end. An amazing addition to the Tales of the Curious Cookbook series. Recommended. :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    ‘Lost Along the Way’ is an excellent title for this story about Daniel, who suddenly finds there are more issues than he thought possible in the relationship he’s had for fifteen years. In a difficult situation with having to consider what’s next for him, the recipes in Granny B’s mysteriously appearing cookbook offer the nudge into action and the support he needs. This is a sad story of old things ending, but it also offers hope for new things beginning – if Daniel gives them a chance. Daniel h ‘Lost Along the Way’ is an excellent title for this story about Daniel, who suddenly finds there are more issues than he thought possible in the relationship he’s had for fifteen years. In a difficult situation with having to consider what’s next for him, the recipes in Granny B’s mysteriously appearing cookbook offer the nudge into action and the support he needs. This is a sad story of old things ending, but it also offers hope for new things beginning – if Daniel gives them a chance. Daniel has some help, as the blurb says: “Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra.” They definitely do! Daniel has made a life with Chase, despite his parents disagreeing and not wanting him to be gay. And just after they finally begin to come around, they die. Daniel is devastated. Then two things happen. Chase is not as supportive as he should be, according to Daniel, and Chase, who spends his weekends cleaning out his parents’ house, begins to see their relationship from a distance. He suddenly sees things differently, and when Granny B’s recipes add their magical touch, a few things Daniel has tried to ignore suddenly jump out at him and he sees Chase for who he really is. In a touching story of loss and love, the death of Daniel’s relationship with Chase still only takes up about half the focus of this book. The other half is the slow rebuilding of Daniel’s life – in a totally unexpected but not unwelcome direction. As he rediscovers the town he grew up in and gets to know Landon, the man who spent a lot of time with Daniel’s parents, Daniel slowly realizes how much of a rut he has been in, and how different his life could be – if only he gives fate another chance - with the help of Granny B’s peculiar and delicious recipes, of course. If you like bittersweet stories of tragedy and love lost, if you believe everyone deserves a second chance, no matter how “magical” the source of that hope may be, and if you’re looking for an emotional read that deals with the realities of life in a sensitive and touching way, then you will probably like this novella. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    3.5 Yummy Stars. I am enjoying this series, and Marie Sexton didn't disappoint. :D

  14. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    ****Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance®**** 4.5 Stars This is what I was looking for when I read the blurb for the series! Some magical cooking! While the actual cooking wasn’t the focus, the resulting goodies had measurable impact on the story. Landon was so sweet and I liked that he wasn’t a stereotypical twink, but rather a gentle bear who loved gardening, cooking and his art. Daniel was harder to relate to. He was sad and conflicted, but I liked that he let Landon (and Granny B.) help him find h ****Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance®**** 4.5 Stars This is what I was looking for when I read the blurb for the series! Some magical cooking! While the actual cooking wasn’t the focus, the resulting goodies had measurable impact on the story. Landon was so sweet and I liked that he wasn’t a stereotypical twink, but rather a gentle bear who loved gardening, cooking and his art. Daniel was harder to relate to. He was sad and conflicted, but I liked that he let Landon (and Granny B.) help him find his way. I loved the result of the zucchini bread (for passion) and would love to have some of the banana bread (for mourning) and chicken soup (for broken hearts) on hand for bad days myself. You need to read to see for yourself!

  15. 5 out of 5

    UnusualChild{beppy}

    3 stars Synopsis: Daniel hasn't seen his parents in many, many years, since they didn't accept the fact that he was gay. He is still living with the boyfriend that his parents didn't want to meet. They had only recently started communicating again, when Daniel is notified that his parents have been killed in a car accident. When Daniel finally heads to the home of his youth to get it ready for sale, he meets Landon, who lived across the street from his parents and really liked them. When Daniel d 3 stars Synopsis: Daniel hasn't seen his parents in many, many years, since they didn't accept the fact that he was gay. He is still living with the boyfriend that his parents didn't want to meet. They had only recently started communicating again, when Daniel is notified that his parents have been killed in a car accident. When Daniel finally heads to the home of his youth to get it ready for sale, he meets Landon, who lived across the street from his parents and really liked them. When Daniel discovers that his parents had become essentially hoarders, he realizes that the job will take longer than he thought. As Daniel gets closer to his parents and Landon, he realizes that he and his boyfriend haven't really been clicking for a while. During one of the weekends, Daniel receives a mysterious cookbook. What I liked: That Landon could appreciate Daniel's parents, even knowing how they treated Daniel. I liked that Daniel and Landon grew to know each other. What I didn't like: How absolutely clueless Daniel was about his boyfriend, and how long he stuck it out.

  16. 5 out of 5

    DaisyGirl

    3.5 (4.0) Stars Hmmmm, it's so hard to rate this! First, it was un-put-downable; I read it in one sitting, staying up well past my bed time. And that counts for much in my book. Next, I loved Landon. LUUUUUUUUVED him! Third, I liked (notice, not love exactly) Daniel. Here's the but: dissolving a 15-year marriage almost contemporaneously with falling in love with the second love-of-your-life seemed a bit far fetched for me, even with Granny B magic. Lastly, although Chase did some rotten things, h 3.5 (4.0) Stars Hmmmm, it's so hard to rate this! First, it was un-put-downable; I read it in one sitting, staying up well past my bed time. And that counts for much in my book. Next, I loved Landon. LUUUUUUUUVED him! Third, I liked (notice, not love exactly) Daniel. Here's the but: dissolving a 15-year marriage almost contemporaneously with falling in love with the second love-of-your-life seemed a bit far fetched for me, even with Granny B magic. Lastly, although Chase did some rotten things, he wasn't evil; he was sad. So, there's that. Bottom line: Angsty and smexy ... yay! But angsty in the wrong places. The 15-year-marriage break-up overshadowed a LOT of this book and generated the most angst.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Desinka

    This was a fun sweet read. It was very readable and I really enjoyed it. The characters were likable and though there wasn't much if a story the romance was engaging enough on its own. A well-deserved 3.5 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Addicted2M/M

    3.5 Hit close to home; she did a great job of that feeling Danny had with Chase of what the hell happened and how did we let it get to this point. See Dani(ela)'s review-it's spot on.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jilrene

    Another 2.something read

  20. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    These series of novellas in the Tales of a Curious Cookbook have been really fun! After reading Mary Calmes’ contribution, I knew that I wanted to try some of the others. Of course Marie Sexton was an obvious choice. I’ve been a long time fan and reader of hers so I don’t know why I was so surprised by this story. At under 130 pages, this book really packs an emotional punch. I never thought that a short story would have me laughing and tearing up. Marie Sexton just has a way of tugging on you These series of novellas in the Tales of a Curious Cookbook have been really fun! After reading Mary Calmes’ contribution, I knew that I wanted to try some of the others. Of course Marie Sexton was an obvious choice. I’ve been a long time fan and reader of hers so I don’t know why I was so surprised by this story. At under 130 pages, this book really packs an emotional punch. I never thought that a short story would have me laughing and tearing up. Marie Sexton just has a way of tugging on your heartstrings and it makes me want to go back and read some of her other titles I may have missed. I’m so glad I picked this story up! LOST ALONG THE WAY starts off as quite dark. Danny gets an early morning call telling him that his parents were in an accident and are dead. While Danny had made his own life for himself with his partner, Chase, it caused a riff between Danny and his parents. They didn’t like the fact that he was gay and certainly didn’t approve of his life with Chase. However, Danny followed his heart and did what he had to do to get to this point in his life. After fifteen years of being together, Chase and Danny have hit a rough patch. They no longer spend time together or make love. Chase is stressed out about work and is constantly away, leaving Danny to deal with the grief with his parents alone. When Danny goes to Laramie to organize his parent’s house, he meets Landon there. Landon has kept an eye on Danny’s parents, mowing their lawn when they couldn’t and overall, just being a good neighbor to them. Although there is an instant chemistry between Danny and Landon, it starts off as a friendship. As things get worse between Danny and Chase, the romance between Danny and Landon gets stronger. As I mentioned earlier, I teared up in one of the scenes in this book but the end certainly makes up for it. I really fell in love with Landon and Danny and I have no doubt that you will too.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aerin

    It’s safe to say baking zucchini bread will never be the same again. I absolutely loved this book, I think the magic of Granny B’s cookbook was best represented in this story. Daniel and Chase have been together for 15 years, and even though their relationship is slowly falling apart, Daniel still hopes to find a way to fix it. It was easy to see why Daniel was clinging to the past, and even though Chase was a no good little shit, I couldn’t help but be a little heartbroken over their failing re It’s safe to say baking zucchini bread will never be the same again. I absolutely loved this book, I think the magic of Granny B’s cookbook was best represented in this story. Daniel and Chase have been together for 15 years, and even though their relationship is slowly falling apart, Daniel still hopes to find a way to fix it. It was easy to see why Daniel was clinging to the past, and even though Chase was a no good little shit, I couldn’t help but be a little heartbroken over their failing relationship. Landon is the man who gives Daniel the bad news about his parents’ death. He’s also the wonderful person who’s been helping Daniel’s parents for the past 5 years, the one who’s helped mend the relationship between Daniel and his parents. I loved Landon; he is such a bright, caring, amazing person, one whose innate goodness and happiness bring back the simple feeling of joy to Daniel. I really wish this book was longer, or maybe written from Landon’s POV as well, as opposed to only Daniel’s, because I wanted to get to know more about Landon. I thought the way Granny B’s recipes helped Daniel make the right decisions was genial! The meatloaf helped him see thought all the bullshit, the chicken soup and banana bread helped mend his broken heart and the zucchini/banana bread Landon baked for him.....well the consequences were smokin’ hot, you’ll have to read that for yourself. There is no cheating in this book, at least not any done by Daniel, and even though his relationship with Chase ends, they get the closure they both need. While I would’ve loved to see more of Landon and Daniel together, their HEA was sweet and heart-warming. This was an amazing addition to the Tales of the Curious Cookbook series, definitely recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vfields Don't touch my happy!

    Marie Sexton makes me happy. I love to watch her spin a web in her stories and get all wound up in them. Daniel goes through life with a grey kind of tone to everything he does. A horrible loss happens and he meets someone who cooks the colors right back into his life. Sexton's choice to create Landon as a not so physically perfect MC only makes him more lovable and fun to watch. I don't know about the rest of the world by I'd like a copy of Granny B's book, too. Update! It was pointed out I kep Marie Sexton makes me happy. I love to watch her spin a web in her stories and get all wound up in them. Daniel goes through life with a grey kind of tone to everything he does. A horrible loss happens and he meets someone who cooks the colors right back into his life. Sexton's choice to create Landon as a not so physically perfect MC only makes him more lovable and fun to watch. I don't know about the rest of the world by I'd like a copy of Granny B's book, too. Update! It was pointed out I kept calling Marie Sexton Heidi Culliman. I'm sorry for the mistake but since they're both amazing writers I know neither one should be insulted. Thanks! Read on!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    I was in a book funk. A hangover. I needed something short and sweet. Something that I knew would make me feel happy. Marie Sexton always writes stories that make me happy. This one made me happy and filled with glee. The emotions are real and the story refreshing. And one shower scene that is unique and really hot n sexy. I loved the characters and felt for them all along the way as they each found what it was they needed to find. While they each cut through the bullshit. :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈

    This just wasn't for me. The story was ok. Entirely too much time was spent in the original relationship (in the book and the length of the relationship) for me to get behind the actual romance that was supposed to be building within the book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janeylou

    3.5 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chocalicious Love

    Great potential, but why did their coming together have to take soooooo long!?!? 3.5/5

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    A sweet story about moving on and starting over. I liked Daniel a lot, but he really needed some of Granny B's meatloaf a lot sooner.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    3.5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I think I got a little 'Lost Along the Way' with this one... 'Lost Along the Way' is Marie Sexton's contribution to the 'Curious Cookbook' series and I have to admit that while I like the premise of the story. It just didn't quite work for me and honestly it was due more to the narration than the story. Jeff Gelder was the narrator for this installment of the 'Curious Cookbook' series and I've listened to 3 or 4 books by this narrator in the past and I've enjoyed them. Unfortunately that wasn't I think I got a little 'Lost Along the Way' with this one... 'Lost Along the Way' is Marie Sexton's contribution to the 'Curious Cookbook' series and I have to admit that while I like the premise of the story. It just didn't quite work for me and honestly it was due more to the narration than the story. Jeff Gelder was the narrator for this installment of the 'Curious Cookbook' series and I've listened to 3 or 4 books by this narrator in the past and I've enjoyed them. Unfortunately that wasn't the case this time and I have to admit I was thinking maybe it was me so I peeked at a couple of reviews...specifically I spotted my friend Heather's review and lo and behold she actually had the same problem as I did. It seems we both found the narration on this one to be both stilted and a bit devoid of emotion. Unfortunately given that this is a story that easily lends itself to some emotional moments...a 15 year committed relationship ends, one of the MCs falls in love and even he thinks that maybe it's a bit soon, he parents are both dead and he's got issues...seriously he'd been estranged from them for years and was just starting to rebuild the relationship...I mean come one this ones filled with emotion and it just wasn't coming across in the narration. I enjoy Marie Sexton's writing and I know I'm sure that Mr. Gelder will entertain me again with other stories but for now...we're done here and I'm calling it a day at 3 stars and moving on to the last book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    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 t 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!! NARRATION 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!

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