A Recipe for Love: A Lesbian Culinary Romance
Lucy J. Madison, author
Piermont, New York. Danika Russo is 55, newly retired from a 30-year career as a mail carrier, and stuck in a rut. After putting her own needs on hold to care for her terminally ill partner and her unloving father, Danika is holed up the childhood home she inherited, a claustrophobic time warp from the 1970s complete with brown Formica and linoleum, and not sure what to do next. Her best friend Natalie suggests making a list of things she has always wanted to do. Stepping outside her comfort zone, self-deprecating Danika opts for taking an Italian cooking class, not knowing that she will both impress the appreciative chef with her tasting skills and meet a mysterious younger woman there, Finn Gerard, who will capture her heart and teach her the recipe for love. But Finn is withholding a grim secret and, despite her initial passion, appears unable to commit to Danika fully. Will Danika allow herself to let go and fall in love for the first time in her life, even if there are no guarantees? Even if she must learn to let go? This complex lesbian romance touches on themes of rediscovery and transformation, showing that while love can be the answer, real healing always starts from within. Lucy Madison’s latest will appeal to fans of fine, well-crafted lesbian fiction and authors like Caren Werlinger. Readers will enjoy a bonus cookbook section at the back, featuring all the recipes mentioned in the book!
In this tender late-in-life romance from Madison (Personal Foul), two women must trust their hearts to each other after giving up on love. Retiree Danika lost her partner to cancer; shortly after, her beloved father also died. Pulling herself out of grief, Danika decides that 55 years old is a good age for reshaping her life, and she begins by expanding on her love of cooking by taking a culinary class. There she meets Finn, a woman for whom she instantly feels an attraction she thought was no longer possible. Shortly after their first night together, Finn abruptly leaves and cuts off communication completely. Danika moves on with building her new life while struggling with the loss, not knowing what is happening in Finn’s life or the pain that Finn is trying to protect her from. This setup makes it hard to believe that Danika and Finn have had the opportunity to fall truly in love, but mouthwatering descriptions of food (with recipes included) compensate for the snags in the plot. Readers will wish they could sit in Danika’s kitchen and will hope for her and Finn to find joy together. (BookLife)