I knew this book was in the works and I got excited when Lisette announced it was officially published. Love, Look Away is my current read. I'd like to share with you a little bit about the story.
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At twenty-nine, Sage Gordon has had it with love. The owner of Sage Earth Gifts, a metaphysical gift shop in the old-money town of Swansea, New York, Sage is content to run her quirky store and enjoy her dog, Rufus, and her two cats, Finlay and Babaloo.
She is convinced love isn't for her. As a child, her best friend, Jimmy Cole, the boy she thought she'd marry someday, disappeared in the middle of the night with his family and was never heard from again. Haunted by the loss, she was wary about love as she moved into adulthood, never really connected with the men she dated, clinging to the hope that Jimmy would return.
When she's set up with Caleb Dunlap, a gorgeous marketing executive in New York City, Sage struggles to let go of the past, but she does. Happily, she finds herself engaged...then...not so much. If only Caleb had betrayed her before she sent out save-the-date cards.
When an obnoxious customer causes Sage's neurotic assistant, Margie, to quit on the spot, Sage finds a friend in Godiva Jones, a woman she hires on the same spot. Godiva, twenty years older than Sage, brings much-needed friendship and wisdom. Having recently broken up with the love of her life, Freddie, Godiva also relates to the pain of heartbreak. She is disturbed, however, when Sage professes that she wants love to look away from her...forever.
In no time at all, life takes another turn for Sage when an old friend (and long-time admirer), Adam Canoga, shows up at Sage Earth Gifts to let her know that he's opening a new men's clothing store in town. Discovering she is no longer engaged, he asks her out, but with regret, she tells Adam that she has no interest in dating. Sage's resolve to do without love becomes an even greater challenge when an Australian visitor, Benton Bradley, walks into Sage Earth Gifts and impresses Sage with his warmth and Aussie humor. Despite her best efforts to keep love at arm's length, she finds herself developing relationships with both Adam and Benton, two completely different, yet wonderful men. But Sage is stubborn, still haunted by her past, and finds herself wholly unsure of what to do.
*Lisette has written a blog post about Love, Look Away that talks about her inspiration for this book. If you'd like to check it out, click on the link below:
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Love, Look Away is set in the same fictional town (Swansea, NY) as my first romantic comedy, Molly Hacker is Too Picky! This book is not, however, a sequel or a series. Love, Look Away is a stand-alone novel.
Some readers will recognize several characters from Molly, including Molly herself, playing supporting roles. And to readers who have never read Molly, but who may wish to do so, rest assured this novel does not give away the ending.
Lisette was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. She spent ten years in New York City, and now resides in Los Angeles.
She's a multi-genre author of nine novels and one short story collection. In addition, two more of Lisette's short stories are published in an anthology.
In 2013, Lisette edited and published a book of her mother's poetry (written 50 years earlier): My Way to Anywhere by Jean Lisette Brodey.
Books by Lisette:
Crooked Moon (General/Literary Fiction)
Squalor, New Mexico (Coming-of-age/Lit Fiction)
Molly Hacker is Too Picky! (Women's fic/romantic comedy)
The Desert Series: Mystical High, Desert Star, and Drawn Apart (3 book series - YA Paranormal)
Barrie Hill Reunion (Literary Fiction)
Hotel Obscure: A Collection of Short Stories (Literary Fiction)
Love, Look Away (Women's fic/romantic comedy)
Triptychs (Anthology - book 3, The Mind's Eye series)
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