by Lisa Wingate

September 2004
ISBN: 0-451-41144-7
Reviewer Graphic Button New American Library
Mass Market Paperback

Lisa Wingate takes us back to Texas in her newest book and into the life of magazine editor Laura Draper. Did I mention this just so happens to be one of the worst days of Laura’s life? It seems that everything is falling apart on this particular day as she finds out that the man she loves and wants to spend the rest of her life with, doesn’t feel the same way; her father is driving her crazy; everything at work is in shambles at the moment and now she is stuck at a crossroads in Texas at what appears to be an abandoned building.

What Laura doesn’t expect is to be rescued by two strange old women named Mernalene and Hasselene who take her inside and introduce her to the world of the Lone Star Cafe. The menu is like none she has ever seen before. Buttermilk pie, corn fritters and some secret recipe coffee are among the items on the menu. What Laura really wants to ask is if that sexy cowboy Graham who seems to be part of the décor is also on the menu?

It seems as the more the book progresses, and the further Laura tries to get away from the crossroads, the more she is drawn back into the café’s crazy world and of course closer to Graham. To further complicate things Laura begins to hear her mother’s voice speaking to her, thus making her question which road she wants to take at this juncture in her life.

This most recent book of Wingate’s didn’t keep me glued to the book as her previous books have, but it does have some charming moments and of course the romance that develops between Laura and Graham helps to warm things up almost to the temperature of Texas. Long time fans of Wingate’s previous books Tending Roses and Good Hope Road will want to check out the bookstore in January however when her sequel The Language of Sycamores hits bookstands everywhere.

This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls”

Reviewed in August 2004 by Shelby.

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