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!
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About the Author
Lucy J. Madison is a novelist, screenwriter, and poet who strives to tell unique stories about women, for women. She writes contemporary lesbian romance novels, poetry, articles, and short stories. Her books include Personal Foul and In the Direction of the Sun. The Lesbian Review named Personal Foul as one of the top 10 Lesbian Sports Romances. In the Direction of the Sun was named an Award Finalist in the Fiction: LGBTQ category of the 2017 Best Book Awards. The One: Stories of Falling in Love Forever, A Heart Well Traveled Volume 1, and Tales of Travelrotica for Lesbians, include her short stories. Her interview with WNBA legend Sue Bird was featured as Curve Magazine's September 2017 cover story. Other bylines include: The San Francisco Bay Times, Lesbian.com, The Lesbian News, Got Game Magazine, Thysia Literary Magazine, Prism Book Alliance Blog, Confluence, The Tipton Poetry Journal, Beginnings Literary Magazine, and The Survivor’s Review, among others. Lucy is a member of The Publishing Triangle, the Golden Crown Literary Society, and Lesbian Authors Guild. She received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University and is the recipient of the University’s Rulewater Prize. She resides in shoreline Connecticut and Provincetown with her wife and their fur babies. She is a board member of the Provincetown Part-Time Taxpayer Association and the media relations specialist for the Golden Crown Literary Society. She enjoys hiking, performing random acts of kindness, landscape photography, and cooking.