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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
A Recipe for Love: A Lesbian Culinary Romance is a contemporary romance novel written by Lucy Madison. Danika Russo hadn’t expected to start her retirement by staring at the faded walls of her family’s home without an idea of what to do with herself. She had always envisioned retirement as a time for adventure and close companionship with a loved one but Angela, her last romantic interest, had died a slow death from cancer, and then Danika had been her father’s caregiver in his last years as well. While she still took some pleasure in preparing the perfect cheesy souffle and ensuring that it was fully savored before it had the chance to fall or get cold, she really wanted something more from life. Natalie, her best friend, had brought lox and bagels to help her celebrate that first day of retirement and, being the irrepressible spirit that she was, she knew just how to motivate Danika into taking charge and making changes, big changes.
Lucy Madison’s contemporary romance novel, A Recipe for Love: A Lesbian Culinary Romance, is a sheer delight to read. I loved watching as Danika exchanges the depression of sitting in that faded kitchen with the puke-green rotary phone hanging on the wall for an entirely different life and lifestyle. Madison’s characters are credible and finely depicted, and her plot is fresh and engaging. And the food! Did I mention the food? The cooking lessons Danika signs up for are a marvel in themselves and the edibles she whips up in her new abode are mouth-watering for sure. Madison’s second chance story is beautifully told, and I enjoyed every moment I spent getting to know Danika, Natalie and Finn. A Recipe for Love: A Lesbian Culinary Romance is most highly recommended.