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Still haunted by the past, can she let romance back into her life?

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.

Years ago, the boy she thought she’d marry someday disappeared in the middle of the night and was never heard from again.

Haunted by the loss of Jimmy, she remains wary about love, until she is set up with a gorgeous NYC marketing executive.

Love moves quickly, and she finds herself engaged — but if only he had betrayed her before she sent out the save-the-date cards.

Sage reverts to her former mindset: love, look away. Forever.

Despite her best efforts, though, two completely different yet wonderful men enter her life. Still haunted by the past, can she let romance back into her life?

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.

Meet the Author:

Lisette Brodey

Meet 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/romantic comedy), The Desert Series: Mystical High; Desert Star; and Drawn Apart (YA paranormal), Barrie Hill Reunion (Literary Fiction); Hotel Obscure: A Collection of Short Stories (Literary Fiction) and Love, Look Away (Women’s Fiction/romantic comedy).

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.

Review by Jan Romes:

Sage Gordon’s fiancé, Caleb, left her life in shambles when he took off with Sage’s best friend. It wasn’t the first time love had left her cold. Jimmy Cole, her childhood best friend and the guy she thought she’d someday marry, disappeared in the middle of the night when they were kids. No one knew where he and his family had gone.

Love has caused her too much heartache and she wants it to look away and leave her alone. To top off the turmoil, her employee Margie has a meltdown and quits Sage Earth Gifts due to an unruly customer. Little did Sage know that her life was going to take a few interesting turns from that point. Exit Margie, enter Godiva Genevieve Jones.

A friendship starts and Godiva becomes Sage’s employee and the voice of reason. Adam Canoga, an old friend, shows up and an attraction brews between him and Sage, but she tells him from the get-go she’s not interested in a romantic relationship.

Another man strikes her interest, an Aussie named Benton Bradley. Both men stir things she’d rather lay dormant. Adding depth to the story, Caleb tries to win Sage back. Ms. Brodey created some awesome characters for this story and brought in a few supporting characters from Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! I connected with all of them, especially Sage and Godiva.

Adam won my heart with his sweet, caring personality, and Benton did the same, but in his cool, suave way. Sage tries so hard to ward off her feelings for these incredible guys, partly because of unresolved feelings she has for Jimmy from all those years ago.

No story would be complete without a few troublemakers – the author didn’t short change us there. There were some twists that I didn’t see coming.

Love, Look Away was romance and friendship, discovery and second chances. The ending was powerful and I admit to shedding a few tears.