cover image Detour to Love

Detour to Love

Amanda Radley. Bold Strokes, $16.95 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-63555-958-3

This charming, low-heat lesbian romance from Radley (Fitting In) brings together an unlikely pair of women, both at dark points in their lives, on an eventful plane ride. Fifty-one-year-old Celia Scott is on her way from London to Tokyo to accept a professional award she doesn’t want, as it serves as a reminder that she’s focused on her career at the expense of her personal life. Twenty-five-year-old Lily Andersen is headed to Japan to meet Asami, the woman she’s been talking to online and is falling in love with. The pair are seated next to each other on the flight, and Lily is soon annoyed by Celia’s snooty attitude, while Celia is put off by Lily’s incessant snacking and perceived immaturity—but intrigued that Lily isn’t scared off by Celia’s abrasiveness. A problem with the plane forces them to land and stay overnight in Denmark, where Lily has family who take in both women for the evening. Upon finally reaching Tokyo, Lily is crushed to discover that she’s been catfished and turns to Celia for help. As their unexpected relationship grows through misadventure and mutual support, readers will grow to care about both characters, too. The result is a sweet love story that’s sure to please. (Feb.)