Spotlight on: Love Like This by Cynthia Newberry Martin


Congratulations to Cynthia Newberry Martin and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Love Like This, a novel that weighs the value of sticking with the familiar versus the value of venturing into the unknown.

“An astonishment…an exploration of the utter unpredictability of love.” ~Steve Almond, author of All the Secrets of the World

Love Like This by Cynthia Newberry Martin

NEW RELEASE: April 4, 2023
From $5.99  

For the first time in a lifetime, Angelina and Will can choose again. After twenty-two years with children at home, she has no idea what she wants and is counting on the empty house to figure it out.

But he already knows—he wants her, all to himself.

Nine days into their child-free life, he quits his job and announces he’s home to stay. So Angelina announces she’s returning to nursing, this time in home health care.

In his new basement workroom, Will enjoys making boxes, but the quiet house sends him in search of music, where he meets Stella who reveals more than the magic of iPods.

Meanwhile, Angelina's first patient is an unpredictable woman named Lucy who reveals a particular magic of her own, as does her billboard-painting son, John Milton. As Angelina and Will’s life together becomes increasingly tense and their days apart become increasingly comfortable, it looks like Will may be the one to get the empty house.

Love Like This drops you inside a long-term marriage, where you’ll be screaming either stay or go—as you weigh the value of sticking with the familiar versus the value of venturing into the unknown.
Praise for Love Like This
“My heart was stolen by Lucy and her son, John Milton, characters whose lives are unusual and compelling. I will reread the billboard scene many times.” ~Alice Elliott Dark, author of Fellowship Point and In the Gloaming

“Intimate, brutal and compelling.” ~Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek, Finding Hope In The High Country

“Renders the subterranean longings of women and men in midlife and midstream…and rediscovering parts of yourself you thought were lost.” ~Samantha Dunn, author of Not By Accident and Failing Paris

About the Author
Cynthia Newberry Martin's first novel, Tidal Flats, won the Gold Medal in Literary Fiction at the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards and the 14th Annual National Indie Excellence Award for Fiction. Her website features the How We Spend Our Days series, more than a decade of essays by writers on their lives. She grew up in Atlanta and now lives in Columbus, Georgia, with her husband, and in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in a little house by the water. Her third novel, The Art of Her Life, will be published in June of 2023. To learn more, visit her website.
About the Publisher
Vine Leaves Press likes to blur the line between commercial and experimental works. They publish book-length vignette collections, writing reference books, short story collections, memoir/autobiography, and character-driven novels with a literary bent.​ Subscribe to the Vine Leaves Press newsletter to receive FREE advanced review copies of upcoming new releases, news about their authors and subscribers, and/or to read the monthly opinion column, SPILL IT! or a daily dose of 50-word stories. Learn more at

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