Rom-Com Combines Beautiful Friendship, Quirky Dating Advice


Leah DeCesare’s debut novel Forks, Knives and Spoons (SparkPress) is a fun, fast-paced story that evokes both comedy and heart as a single dad sends his only daughter off to college with some last-ditch birds-and-bees advice.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the frequent appearance of soothing yet honest parental pushes about the need to value oneself, seeming to echo DeCesare’s non-fiction writings about parenting. These refrains illuminate the growth not only of the two young women, but of their parents as well. It is a deceptively simple concept but so difficult to achieve that we keep having to re-find our true selves throughout our lives.

This is lovely escape fiction that resonates well. We have all faced our coming-of-age moments and still do, be it with our aging selves, our children, or simply with any of those people we hold dear. Read More…