Who says love is only for the young? When Denny Ashley lost his wife to brain cancer, he never imagined he’d get another chance to find someone. That was just fine with him. As a long-haul trucker, he was used to being alone. But, a vivacious florist enters his world and Denny hopes he can do love justice.
Gwendolyn has loved and lost before. She’s experienced both heaven and hell when it comes to men. When Denny Ashley starts to turn on the charm, she must decide if she can handle love seasoned by time.
Just as Denny and Gwendolyn are putting their pasts into perspective, Gwendolyn learns she must face something bigger than she has ever encountered. Will Denny be able to facedown his own ghosts and be by her side or should she ask him to after all of the blows he’s been dealt?
Mary Crawford has been lucky enough to live her own version of a romance novel. She married the guy who kissed her at summer camp. He told her on the night they met that he was going to marry her and be the father of their children. Eventually she stopped giggling when he said it, and they just celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary. They have two children. The oldest is in medical school, where he recently found and married the love of his life, and the youngest is still in elementary school.
Ms. Crawford writes full time now. She has published six books and has several more underway. She volunteers her time to a variety of causes and worked as a Civil Rights Attorney and diversity advocate. Ms. Crawford spent several years working for various social service agencies before becoming an attorney. In her spare time, she loved to cook, decorate cakes and of course, obsessively, compulsively read.
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Love Seasoned is the fourth book by this author I have read. I enjoyed this story as much or more than the other three I’ve read. I love how Ms. Crawford includes some disability, illness, or emotional trauma into the characters of her books. These issues make her characters that much more real. This story was one I was able to relate to on a deeper level because the love story is not youthful new love. Rather the main characters are older and have lost the loves of their lives many years before. I can imagine that I would be devastated by the loss of the love of my life much like the main characters in Love Seasoned. Much like the characters I couldn’t imagine ever having another love. The gentle and patient courtship of Gwendolyn by Denny is a great portrayal of the cultural mores this couple grew up with. Her characters are well developed and believable, there was a great plot, also well developed. Over all this was an excellent read. There were times I snickered at the humor, was a bit angry at the stubbornness of a character, and times I was brought to tears both of sadness and joy. Certainly these are signs of a very well written tale.
At one time I wasn’t a fan of romance, but, Mary Crawford weaves such good stories that include more than just the romance, but problems that everyday people have to deal with. I’ve enjoyed every one of her romance stories and Love Seasoned tops the list for me. Definitely a five star romance read.