A tale of the Curious Cookbook
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 15 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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Lose the Narrator Along the Way Next Time
Tails of the Curious Cookbook is the series name for an anthology of five short stories by five great writers. The writers, R.J. Scott, Amy Lane, Marie Sexton, Amber Kell, and Mary Calmes have written vastly different M/M romance stories with the unifying theme of a curious cookbook entitled Recipes for the Heart subtitled Mystical Meals and Dangerous Desserts hand written by the anonymous Granny B. The stories come in either a Kindle e-book or audible format. The cookbook is depicted as very old, tattered, faded, leather bound, and rich with notations from its users adding clarifying notations and reactions to the varies magical recipes. The recipes when prepared and served is intended to aid in sorting out some confusing romance aspect of the stories or make one feel better after a broken heart. These books will appeal to those with a romantic soul and believe in the magic of comfort food served with a side of the power of suggestion of magic.
I have written five separate reviews for each of the five stories. Please refer to the list below when looking up the appropriate review:
1. For a Rainy Afternoon by R.J. Scott
2. Food for Thought by Amy Lane
3. Lost Along the Way by Marie Sexton
4. Cookies for Courting by Amber Kell
5. Just Desserts by Mary Calmes
Lost Along the Way: Tails of the Curious Cookbook by Marie Sexton and narrated by Jeff Gelder. There is no two ways about it. I did not like Jeff Gelder’s narration. His voice although present in tone, is rather monotone. He has an annoying habit of leaving a small pause after every sentence. It gives the listener this sort of run, run, run, stop cadence that transforms good writing into something as boring as watching paint dry. Whether the sentence is 3, or 5, or 15, or 30 beats long, every pause at the sentence end, seems like a paragraph break, disrupting the flow. The story itself is excellent. However, I recommend that you read this one rather than listen to it.
The story involves a weatherman broadcaster from Denver named Daniel Whitaker who is in a fifteen year old tepid relationship with Chase. His relationship with Chace has estranged Daniel from his parents residing in Laramie. The parents are both killed in a traffic accident and Daniel has to return to Laramie to sort out the estate. Chase finds multiple excuses not to go with Daniel. So when Daniel arrives in Laramie he meets the neighbor sculpture landscaper Landon Kushner who is enlisted to help sort out the household goods. Enter Granny B and her magical cookbook. Daniel takes the cookbook and uses the recipe, meatloaf with mushroom gravy for finding what is lost along the way ALSO for cutting through the BS, to reconnect with Chase. After the meal multiple images of tips, clues, and evidence of another man being in his house come crashing into Daniel’s mind pointing to Chase’s infidelity. When Daniel reached his parents’ home there is the compassionate helpful Landon there, waiting for him. The conclusion of the story is obvious at this point; broken heart meets new love. That is with the help of Granny B’s recipe for chicken soup for a broken heart and also a recipe for zucchini bread for passion.
Not what I was expecting
- Morgan A Skye