Emmett Gant was planning to tell his father something really important one Sunday morning—but his father passed away first. Now, nearly three years later, Emmett can't seem to clear up who he should be with—the girl with the apple cheeks and the awesome family, or his snarky neighbor, Keegan, who never sees his family but who makes Emmett really happy just by coming over to chat.
Emmett needs clarity.
Fortunately for Emmett, his best friend’s mom has a cookbook that promises to give Emmett insight and good food, and Emmett is intrigued. After the cookbook follows him home, Emmett and Keegan decide to make the recipe “For Clarity,” and what ensues is both very clear—and a little surprising, especially to Emmett's girlfriend. Emmett is going to have to think hard about his past and the really important thing he forgot to tell his father if he wants to get the recipe for love just right.
All Emmett has ever wanted is a family, a big, close-knit, rowdy group that hugs and talks and cooks together. Raised by a taciturn, withdrawn father, Emmett has had enough silence for a lifetime.
After his heart is broken by the mysterious Jordyn and his father dies, Emmett vows to belong.
You didn't come home in 107 degree heat of a blistering July and heat your kitchen because you were looking to eat right. You did it to be kind to someone. You did it for love.
What Emmett doesn't realize is that he already has a family. His childhood friend Vinnie and Vinnie's parents and siblings have long ago embraced Emmett as one of their own.
Emmett means well, but watching him interact with his girlfriend Christine was a form of slow torture. Even Emmett's cat, the feisty, punitive George (that's Madame George, if you please), knows better.
And then there's Keegan.
Keegan, Emmett's neighbor and best friend, deserves his own T-shirt! He is adorably snarky and insanely patient. In his tiny briefs and colorful tank tops, Keegan is hard to resist.
How has Emmett managed for so long?