Review: I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Amsterdam, as I’ve not been there in years, plus I was reminded of my own beloved Berlin. Someone had suggested the improbability of the special kind of open generosity some Europeans show, in allowing someone they don’t know to share their home, renting out little used rooms, would be deemed too unbelievable for American readers, but I am very pleased the author has found so much positive response with open-minded readers “across the Pond.” This is exactly the situation which begins the co-habitation between the two main characters.
Although in the prologue we’re presented with the cause of the grief for Lizzy, it was a lot later when it was expressed more fully. Having recently lost a friend to suicide, I’ll say the descriptions of the enormity of the weight which presses down in all ways, completely exhausting you, was excellent. Anyone who has lost a loved one can identify, and even if you haven’t, the writing skill displayed brings it home. The unexpected arrival of Judith and her daughter, Emily, helps fill a void in Lizzy’s life she didn’t realize was so vast. Their relationship develops in a way that was both frustrating at times, as there were the rejected offers and misinterpreted gestures, but also entirely realistic.
I enjoy an author who sets a moderate pace, taking care with details, building their world and characters quite visually. There are readers who are only looking for an aim, a climax, a reason for why they are reading a book, when for those like myself the experience is all about relaxing back and letting the author show me their world and thoughts as they wish them conveyed. Lyndsey Stone did this exquisitely. Beautiful writing, beautiful story. Being fully satisfied by such a well-rounded read was my reward.
Description: “To embrace the future is to find the courage to accept the past.”
Judith Hilford flees from an emotionally abusive relationship and accepts temporary lodging arranged by a friend until she can set her life on a new course. Lizzy Mayfield, a filmmaker who lost her lover three years ago, comes home from a business trip to find Judith and her child unexpectedly living in her apartment.
Lizzy wants nothing more than to be left alone, but as Judith has nowhere else to go, Lizzy allows her to stay. While Judith struggles to create a new life for her daughter and herself, Lizzy is confronted with the vibrancy their presence brings to her emotionally barren existence. As Lizzy and Judith gradually become involved in each other’s lives, they are both forced to confront the ghosts of their pasts.
Publication Date: 15 March 2010
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Buy Link: In print & paperback format
Genre: Contemporary/Lesbian Fiction
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Lindsey Stone was born in the West-Midlands of England, but at the age of 13 emigrated to the Netherlands with her mother and brother. Although she often misses the British landscape and its traditional food, she is pleased to live in a country where sexual orientation is no longer grounds for discrimination and where homosexual couples and their rights are recognized and protected by the law.
Her mind is a bustling playground filled with images, scenes, characters, and plots, all demanding her attention, but in those moments when they are kind enough to give her some peace, she can be found playing her guitar, or building something out in the garage, or simply slouched on the couch next to her trusted shadow, her Malinois dog, who somehow always seems to get the most space.
Lindsey is not easily swayed from her own beliefs and convictions, but will be tempted to get into a car with a stranger if he or she is driving a Jeep (the bigger the wheels the better) and she can be bought for an English Yorkshire pudding covered in mint sauce.