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.
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 (at least not on Danny's part), 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.