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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Threads of the Heart by Jeannie Levig

Threads of the Heart by Jeannie Levig
Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 14, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626394105
ISBN-13: 978-1626394100
Amazon: Threads of the Heart
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No one travels this life alone.

Maggie Rae-McInnis is happy in her twelve-year relationship with Addison and renting out the rooms in their large home in the Hollywood Hills. Her one nagging fear is that her partner is not as happy as she is—and she is right. Addison is a hot mess. Though she loves Maggie, she feels something is missing. When she meets Victoria Fontaine, a confident, sexy, and manipulative younger woman, she is swept into something new, exciting, and a little dangerous.

Tess Rossini and Dusty Gardner, the couple’s closest friends and long-term tenants, face their own fears as they navigate the uncharted waters of love, and Eve Jacobs, newest arrival, finds herself on a path of self-discovery.

The love and friendship these women share make up the threads that weave together to form the unbreakable bonds that last a lifetime.

-happy sigh- What a beautiful and moving story about five women learning invaluable lessons about love, self-awareness, cause and effect, consequences, betrayal, trust, truth, relationships, friendships, family... and life. I was nervous reading this. With the different POVs, I wasn't sure if maybe one character would be lost in the shuffle, their voice silenced in the cacophony of the others, but that did not happen. Each character was able to speak, to shine, to grow, form, be fleshed out, to endure hardship and then to find resolution to that hardship. Though it would seem as if there would be much confusion with five women speaking in one novel, all dealing with their own angst, all living together in one home (I shudder to think of it), the home they lived in was remarkably peaceful and was, in fact, the focal point. The touchstone for them all. The author did a remarkable job of making me feel as if I were an invisible, empathic observer in every scene. Not only seeing everything that took place, but experiencing every visceral emotion and reaction that each character had. I must admit that I wasn't surprised by some of the things that took place, but they worked well within the scope of the book. I WAS surprised that Dusty and Tess turned out to be my favorite couple, however. I couldn't wait for either of them to appear back on the pages. Rebecca, a secondary character, was even well fleshed out and a wonderfully rounded character. I found myself nodding at many of her wise insights. Finding out that this was the author's debut novel only served to further amaze me. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more by her, lesbian romance or not, and I hope there's another book about these five women or that each couple gets their own book. I want to read more about Dusty and Tess!

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