by Lindsay Detwiler
On the surface, Jenna Landsen has it all…
She’s smart, beautiful, confident, and married to Camden Landsen, who happens to be drop dead sexy and just as successful. But after five long years, all the success in the world hasn’t brought the romantic spark back into her marriage. Jenna fears it never will.
When life gives you lemons, open a bakery and name it Vi’s…
Violet Streiff made the exact mistake her mother warned against—she fell in love with Liam Coffman, a charming finance major. When he left her heartbroken to further his career, Violet drowned her sorrows by opening a bakery, and now relies on Bob, her eighteen-pound cat, for warmth at night instead of a sexy man.
To find love, sometimes you first have to discover yourself…
When Jenna’s job offers an extended trip to New York, she packs her bags and takes a two-month vacation from life. The chance of her marriage surviving looks grim, until the surprise of a lifetime throws a wrench in her plans to stay in the Big Apple for good.
You can bend the rules—but sooner or later they’ll break…
When Violet meets a gloomy but totally drool-worthy guy named Camden in her shop, she’s sure her luck has changed. There’s no denying the chemistry, but he’s married, and that’s a major problem. Violet isn’t a homewrecker. Still, staying away from Camden proves nearly impossible. That is, until his wife comes home.
Double the chance to find love in the most unexpected places—or double the chance for disaster.
Things have irrevocably changed. There is no going back. I hadn’t planned on the night going this way. I hadn’t planned on having a relationship-altering fight tonight. I hadn’t planned on burning truths to explode to the surface, honest assessments of our failing relationship shining through. But I guess that’s the thing about life. It doesn’t always follow our plans.
Wasn’t that the natural progression of life? Don’t we all, married or single, sometimes lose ourselves in the day to day routine? Don’t lots of people wake up, suddenly wondering if they’re living life right, if they’re getting the most out of it?
The feeling during our kiss may have been wonderful, but the feeling now is awful. Rejection is never fun, even if it’s for a logical, moral reason.
It’s funny how it takes a woman I hate to make me understand my love for Camden is unconditional, unequivocal, and unbroken.
No matter what anyone says, no matter what the love stories and movies try to sell you, the truth is marriage is hard. Just plain hard.
Without You was a highly introspective and emotive read. It was also highly relevant, well written, insightful, and despite the angsty subject manner – easy to follow. I saw myself in this story, maybe a bit too much. Like the last quote, ‘marriage is hard,’ and we all get busy and tired at times. But Jenna and Camden had slid into a rut which proved to be unsettling and unsatisfying for Jenna, whom I would label as being more than a bit of diva with a prickly personality. The writing was observant and full of feels as Jenna appears to process her early mid-life crisis – she is only in her late twenties. She views her marriage as stale and wonders if it is worth continuing. Most of us have experienced similar pivotal life points and wondered, “Is this all there is?” I know I’ve been there more than once, and not just in reference to marriage. Ms. Detwiler approached this process with a fresh angle and interesting style, and I was quickly drawn into the story. I enjoyed the welcome hits of humor, which helped to offset the angst and also provided some of the cringe-worthy self-revelations made by both women. This was my first experience with Ms. Detwiler, but her entire listing has just been added to my TBR.
About the Author
An English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she loves cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.
Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.