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!
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.
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.
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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Read it HERE at The Lesbian Review