Creatures Of Will And Temper by Molly Tanzer is a delightful Victorian paranormal romp with swordfighting, art criticism, decadent secret societies, and demons. The free-spirited Dorina Grey (allusions to a character by Oscar Wilde are entirely intentional) and her grumpily strait-laced older sister Evadne descend upon London in the care of their ailing Uncle Basil, a painter obsessed with a portrait of the recently-deceased Oliver. Oliver’s sister, lady Henrietta Wotton–Henry
This is a term that describes books that are serious fiction. A book which is a work that claims to hold literary merit, in comparison from genre fiction and popular fiction.
As Long As Love Lasts by Jea Hawkins is a story that takes place in two time periods. In 2018 you meet Peyton and Brooke. Peyton is close to wanting a divorce. So close that she has a divorce lawyer’s business card. Brooke is younger and not serious enough for Peyton. They are at the point in their relationship where all Peyton can see are problems and all the reasons
2° by Bev Prescott is a climate based dystopian tale set on a future Earth ravaged by the forces of nature and humankind alike. It chronicles the adventurous journey of one woman who, in her quest to rescue her captured wife, discovers not only what she is capable of, but also what humanity can endure and accomplish when love is paramount. It is 2092 and climate change has decimated the
White Houses by Amy Bloom is the story of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt. Lorena met Eleanor in 1932 when she traveled with ER and FDR reporting on Franklin Roosevelt’s first presidential campaign. Lorena was not instantly captivated by Eleanor because she found her idealistic. In the company of the next president and future first lady she developed close friendships, especially with Eleanor. Hick’s (as she was known) feelings for
An Outsider Inside by R J Samuel is the last book I read in 2017 and it also happens to be the very best book I read all year. It’s a drama with an intricate mystery at its centre and it left me breathless. Jaya Dillon is an Irish-Indian lesbian activist who’s being pulled by both sides of the same-sex marriage debate in the weeks leading up to Ireland’s referendum.
Curious Wine by Katherine V Forrest is a beautiful story about finding out who you are when you least expect it. Published in the early 1980s, it’s a classic lesbian romance that’s won the hearts of many a reader, and for good reason. Diana Holland needs a break and her colleague Vivian convinces her to stay at a friend’s cabin in Lake Tahoe with some other people who are also
The Art of Peeling an Orange by Victoria Avilan pushes the boundaries of our definition of lesfic. This is what I would consider literary fiction, a retelling of the tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Our heroine, Carly Rosen, has lost the love of her life, first to another woman, and then to death. She starts out on a journey of redemption and reclamation, trying to wrest what remains of
Quicunque Vult by Keira Michelle Telford is very loosely based on the life of Mary Jane, the whore who was torn apart by Jack The Ripper. The book starts with Mary Jane meeting Eva, a beautiful 16 year old. Quickly the two become friends and lovers with Mary Jane showing Eva the pleasures of Sapphic Love. The events around Jack The Ripper are a background to the love story between
If I were stranded on a desert island and I only had one book it would be Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. I adore this book. Sarah Waters did a beautiful job of weaving an intricate story with great characters and enough heart stopping angst to keep me up through the night reading. London in 1862 – Sue Trinder is an orphan who grows up among petty thieves (fingersmiths). Maud is born into