elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Wishbone by Elaine Burnes

Wishbone by Elaine Burnes
Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (May 28, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562783
ISBN-13: 978-1939562784
Amazon: Wishbone
Amazon Kindle: Wishbone

It's 2004, the year same-sex marriage becomes legal in Massachusetts, the year the Red Sox break the curse, and the year everything changes for Meg Myers. Meg is an animal control officer who doesn't much like people and doesn't believe wishes come true. She grew up in state care, bouncing between foster homes and her alcoholic mother. Left physically and emotionally scarred, she is guarded about her past and pessimistic about her future. So she focuses on her job and her dream of opening an animal shelter. Meg's world is rocked by three women: Pam and her foster daughter, Violet; Gina, twin to Meg's best friend Jeff; and Samantha, the vet who shares an uncomfortable past with Meg. Through her relationships with these women, Meg is forced to explore mother-daughter bonds, loss and grief, and what defines friendship and gender in her quest to find security and love for the first time in her life.

I know I'm supposed to say something to justify my rating. I just finished the book and am trying not to cry, so I'm not going to be very articulate. This is a deeply moving story about a woman who has been through the worst life has to offer, has come out the other side mangled and broken, but finds friends and love. The story is a reminder that in spite of our pasts, we can make a future. If any of the books you've had me read deserve an award, this is the one.

LOVED from start to finish.  A lot of story packed into this one.  Loved all the characters, especially Meg and watching her grow. I really liked her relationship with Gina. Found this to be well written for a debut novel.  Looking forward to more from this author!!!!

With gorgeous prose and relatable, realistic characters, Elaine Burns has woven an emotional, sexy tale that explores some very relevant social issues. The story grabbed me from the start and didn't let me go until I finished the last page.

Oh my gosh this is a so good book! I like when a book can in a single opening take my all attention…and this was that kind of book. I have found the story interesting, heartwarming, engaging and fresh. I like to be surprised and, also if I was quite sure about the ending point of the romance right from the start (and I was right about it), I was surprised about Meg’s journey. An outstanding debut novel!

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