Author: Lisette Brodey
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Comedy, Book Review
Twenty-nine-year-old Sage Gordon has had it with love. When she’s not busy running her metaphysical gift shop in the old-money town of Swansea, New York, she’s content with the company of her dog and two cats.
Impressively named Godiva Genevieve Jones entered Sage Gordon’s life, and gift shop, at exactly the right time. The fact that Godiva managed to get rid of an angry customer and step into a very recent job opening worked just fine for Sage. Godiva was perfect for the store, calm and professional, totally unlike her predecessor.
Sage has resolved to turn her back on love and concentrate on running her store. Jimmy, the boy she grew up with and her first love, disappeared suddenly and without a word. All her attempts to trace him failed and she struggles to come to terms with not knowing why Jimmy disappeared and where he is. That, combined with the deception by her fiancé and best friend which left her shell shocked has put her off romance. She and Godiva have a lot in common and become fast friends. Sage is content with good friendships, her cats and her dog, Rufus.
“I’m so sorry they both hurt you, honey. And I’m even more sorry you never found Jimmy.”
Sage fiddled with the leather-studded bracelet on her wrist. “It doesn’t seem logical that we can meet people that we love so much, only to find out that it’s not meant to be. It’s happened to me twice. I just don’t understand. I’ve been ‘in like’ several times, but that’s not the same. It doesn’t tear your heart into pieces when you part ways.”
Despite her best efforts to make love look away, two very different men stir up emotions Sage would prefer not to feel. Adam Canoga, an old friend and Australian Benton Bradley, over on business, both make their interest in Sage plain, while she does her best to keep things on a ‘just friends’ level.
Love, Look Away was a lighthearted change from the grittier reads I’m more accustomed to. The town of Swansea, although fictional, was a charming setting. I love shops like Sage Earth Gifts and enjoyed descriptions of the items on sale. The characters are well defined, giving an immediate sense of their personalities and, even if one or two are a little over the top with some not quite realistic dialogue, they were likeable.
The story moved along at a steady pace, with lots of detail which added to the imagery. Love, Look Away is an enjoyable romantic comedy.
I chose to read and review Love, Look Away for Rosie Amber’s book review team, based on a digital copy kindly supplied by the author.
About the Author
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 eight novels and one short story collection: Crooked Moon (General/Literary Fiction); Squalor, New Mexico (Coming-of-Age/Literary Fiction); Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! (Women’s Fiction/Chick-lit), The Desert Series: Mystical High; Desert Star; and Drawn Apart (YA paranormal), Barrie Hill Reunion (Literary Fiction); Hotel Obscure (short stories, Literary Fiction); and Love, Look Away.
In addition to her eight novels and one short story collection, two more of Lisette’s short stories are published in an anthology: Triptychs (Book 3, The Mind’s Eye Series.)
In January 2013, Lisette edited and published a book of her mother’s poetry (written 50 years earlier): My Way To Anywhere by Jean Lisette Brodey.