Book Reviews

Lighting the Way Home (Delectable 2) by EM Lynley and Shira Anthony at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 11-April-2013

Book Blurb

World-class chef Joshua Golden is homesick for Paris before he even arrives in New York, but he’ll endure it—his parents need him to help run the family restaurant while his mother recovers from surgery. Running a place so far beneath his talents is bad enough, but bad turns to worse when Josh discovers his former best friend and lover, Micah Solomon, is living at his parents’ house with his ten-year-old son, Ethan.

For ten years, Josh has done his best to forget how Micah shattered his heart into tiny pieces. Now Micah’s back, fresh out of prison, and helping out at the restaurant. Micah may not be the kind of sous chef Josh is used to, but he is more helpful and supportive than any of the other employees. But Josh finds it hard to keep his distance when, time after time, Micah proves himself a better man than Josh thought. Reluctantly, Josh realizes there is more to Micah than his lousy life choices… but that doesn’t mean Josh is ready to forgive him.

 

Book Review

Sometimes we have to leave home, get out of what feels too mundane, too ordinary, or too unthinkable. The thing is, we can't run away from our feelings. They go with us, haunting our lives, as ghostly specters of what might have been. Josh Golden and Micah have loved each other for years, but life kept interfering with their being together. Both men chose to try to run from their pain, Micah inwardly and self-destructively and Josh, literally, leaving his family and heritage behind. Micah and Josh need to re-evaluate their situations, keep the parts that nourish them, and let go of the rest.

Josh has a lot to overcome in this story before he finally finds peace with his past. It is absolutely necessary that he do so, not just for Micah's sake, but for his own. He's a whirling dervish of conflicting thoughts and feelings which threaten to tear him asunder. When Josh is literally forced to face the things he's been denying—his love for Micah, living where he grew up, his childhood, and his parents' way of life, he learns that he's not so different from the person who tried to run away all those years ago. Josh comes across as kind of a jerk until we see more of his past and the incredible pain that Micah caused when he denied his true self and deserted Joshua. Watching him resolve his feelings and sort out the parts that don't fit and more closely accept the ones which still do, is very uplifting.

Micah Solomon also has a lot to overcome, but is further in the process on understanding himself than Josh. He's tackled the demons caused by trying to be someone you are not and, to a great extent, won. This gives him the patience to endure Josh's onslaught of anger and pain while it also gives him an opportunity to show Josh he's changed. It also helps him control the pace of their reunion by not allowing Josh to rush it. Micah has his priorities straight. He knows that it will take Josh a long time and a lot of soul-searching to reach the point where he trusts himself, much less Micah; he is willing to wait.

I really enjoyed the epicurean delights presented letting Josh's creative genius shine. I loved the relationship between Micah and his son. It acted as an important conduit between Micah and Josh by enabling them to reflect on things when they were boys, especially when it came to their religious background. For me, Judaism is a symbol representing a truly close and enduring family. It was a real treat to revisit the customs and practices of this faith. Explaining their meanings, especially with the use of candles, created a perfect background for lighting the way home. I recommend this book to those who cherish family values and believe that love is the basis for anything worthwhile.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 206 pages/65920 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-March-2013
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lighting-the-way-home-by-em-lynley-and-shira-anthony-2717-b