I loved this book. The setting in coastal Maine was wonderful and I truly enjoyed reading about how the main character opened up her own doggie daycare business. I also really enjoyed the romance that developed between the main character and a woman who came into her life. The characters faced some real problems, but all in all it was a feel-good story with some surprising twists. I highly recommend this book!
I was really impressed with this book, it made me laugh, cry and even get angry. A well written story and I’ve got to say I just loved the dogs and cats. The character are well written and I have no problem recommending this book. Looking forward to see what K’Anne comes out with next.
I really enjoyed this book. The story was great but at the same time I wish there was a bit more of the interactions between Charlie and Reagan. I also would have liked to know more of the story between Charlie and her family. There is a lot on the development of the business (which being a dog lover sounds fantastic) and I just wished for more of the backstory for some the characters which could have also led to some deeper exploration between some character dynamics. Overall, the story has growth, love, loss, and dogs (cats and a pig too) and is very enjoyable and easy to read.
The opening of the book has Madison receive exotic flowers from a secret admirer. Discovering who sent her the flowers takes her back into the past when she spent time in Africa as a Nurse. There she first met the smart and enigmatic doctor Deanna Cooper and fell slowly in love with her. The fear of gossip and rejection has her end the relationship before they could figure out if their love could flourish.
Ten years later in a hospital in Los Angeles the two woman meet again, the life they led had changed and matured them. They form a tentative friendship in the sometimes hostile environment of a LA Hospital and old feelings start to raise their head.
The story has wonderfully developed characters that draw you in from the first chapter and have you fall in love with them. Exotic places throughout the the book draw you in and the description and narration make it easy to picture Madison and Deanna in the African countryside as well as working side by side ten years later.
K’Anne Meinel has a great way of showing all the little things that just happen in life and make up the big picture of a young woman maturing into adulthood.
I loved the way Amelia Patricks brings the individual characters to life with their own unique voice and draws you deep into the story.
This was a great story, I really enjoyed it. Great how it explained the beginning of the relationship. I would like to say more, but you need to read the book. No spoil alerts here.
Thank you K’Anne Meinel.
This was an excellent, well written book that I didn’t want to stop listening to and I definitely didn’t want it to end. I will definitely be reading and listening to more books written by K’Anne. The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars to the performance was because it seemed like some of the characters accents came and went!! Otherwise, fantastic all the way around!
Even better as an audiobook
I read this book several months ago and really enjoyed it. The narration made it even better. The story is fantastic, and the narrator really captured the characters.
If Wilbur Smith wrote lesbian fiction it would be like this. Easy listening, decent storyline.
This novel set in the 1840’s is a wonderful love story between two women in a time where it would not be tolerated.
This is a first for me I’ve never read a love story set back in my great-great-grandmothers day, and I was so very happy that I did. Both characters are very strong-willed and tough, they both fight for what is theirs. I loved this novel for the love you can feel throughout the story and K’Anne does a wonderful job on telling the story and making me care about them. The descriptions and certain words that were used back then where just icing on the cake.
This book transported me to that time and I felt like a fly on the wall the whole time.
I love historical romances, and this book is one of the best lesbian historical romances that I have read. I felt as if I were right beside the characters, feeling every emotion, and being tired for them after their hard work. This is a great read for those you like that Wagons West type of story.
This book is set in the mid – 1800s. It’s about two women who choose to travel west so that they can live their lives together as spouses in a time when two women could not have that kind of relationship. They have been friends since childhood and became lovers as adults. The descriptions of the travels and the lands and all the encounters along the way were phenomenal. It made me feel like I was right there with them. They were an excellent team and you could feel the love and intensity of the relationship together. I haven’t read many historical romances before. I also have never read any of this author’s books before. I did not want this book to end and can’t wait to read the sequel!
I received a copy from the author for an honest review. I loved this book so much. It’s historical fiction at it’s best . The women are so real and their love so real and honest and so much like my family’s love story. My great grandmother and her wife had 48 years of an epic love story that reminds me of this book. The historical details are so accurate and the supporting characters add so much as well. I will be rereading this book often and giving it as gift as well.
Before I begin this review in earnest, let me just say that I absolutely hated the cover art. The wagon train in the background does tie in with the story, but the sensationalized exploited looking woman in the foreground does not. Had I not read other books by the author that I enjoyed, I would not have given this one a try.
Now on to the story. This book is a bit like those by Laura Ingalls Wilder, with a lesbian twist. I found myself fascinating by the details of just how much preparation would have been needed prior to heading off on the Oregon Trail, the difficulties during the journey, and the added challenges Molly and Erin had with their brood. The author does a great job of setting the scene and creating characters, both human and animal, that the reader cares for. I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Pioneering.
Can’t believe I’ve I got to wait until August to see what happens next, lol. Erin and Molly along with the kids are great character’s. This is a well written story and I have to say I just loved the early history and I have no problem recommending this book. Keep up the excellent writing.
I enjoyed reading this book and I would highly recommend it. I do not normally read historical fiction, but since I really liked some of this author’s other books, I gave this one a try and was glad that I did. She did a great job placing readers into the 1800’s setting. This story does not have a lot of romantic tension but there is a very strong love story between the two main characters. This is not a standard plot, but this author’s books often have a less conventional story line, which is great if you want something a little different. I loved the way the author developed the characters and made the reader feel like they were back in time with them.
May and I have been ‘battling’ for place in the Dystopian genre (she’s been kicking my ass) so if you don’t read MY BOOK: Survivors, please check out hers: SURVIVAL INSTINCTS
Civilization ended long before Lynn Tanner was born. Wild animals roam the streets, but mankind is still the biggest threat to a woman alone in the ruins of a world reclaimed by nature. Lynn survives by sleeping with one eye open at all times and trusting no one but her dog.
When she is forced to go on a dangerous journey through the concrete jungle of New York City, Lynn does all she can to scheme her way to safety. Her guard, Dani Wilson, won’t be played that easily, however. As their lives become entwined, Lynn finds herself developing feelings for Dani and is forced to find the answer to the question that scares her most: is staying alone really the best way to survive?
Fast-paced and full of adventure, Survival Instincts introduces a post-war dystopian world where the only person you can rely on is yourself…unless you fall in love.
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When May was a child, her father read Asimov and Zelazny to her. As a teenager, she gravitated toward science fiction, (future) fantasy, dystopian, and occult stories, even though there was never a character she, as a queer woman, could fully identify with. May’s motivation to write comes from the desire to create stories where women turn to women once they stop the apocalypse—be it a global or a personal one. She wants to write the stories she wishes her father could have read to her as a child: riveting tales with a heroine who kicks ass and just so happens to be gay.
This wasn’t an easy book for me to write. As I’ve mentioned before, I started it in 2011. I found the topic to be very depressing, but the idea of it never left me. Over the years I had added to it as I found information I thought would be good in the story. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the reviews I have gotten. No, they aren’t all five star and they shouldn’t be…this isn’t a perfect book, it isn’t even a perfect story, it is however a very scary scenario that one family could have lived through. I hope those who read this, will give the book a chance. In the meantime, here are some of the reviews I have been getting:
Thank you to all who have read it, will read it, or are reading it, your reviews do help and are appreciated!
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