never come to rest by keira michelle telfordNever Come To Rest by Keira Michelle Telford starts in 1913. It is the time of the suffragette movement in the UK and Telford inserts historical moments into the story.

This novella is a little different from Telford’s usual works. This one doesn’t have a teen or even a lot of drama about the older woman’s feeling for the younger woman. While Telford sticks to the younger/older romance it is a gentler, less angsty story.

Never come to rest is about a baroness and an artist who fall in love.

Vera Mae is a widowed baroness who is fascinated by a scandalous, eccentric, suffragist artist, Eulalie, and as she becomes closer to the artists, tensions mount at home. She must choose between the life of privilege including the man who intends to marry her and her new romance with this woman.

The Characters

The story is told from Vera Mae’s point of view so we learn about the mysterious suffragette movement as she does. We also see how she feels about Eulalie, the blond temptress who seems to be everywhere.

Telford put together an entertaining, if somewhat single-dimensional, supporting cast and I enjoyed Vera Mae’s adventures as she went from baroness to pariah in the space of this novella.

The Writing Style

For anyone who is even a somewhat regular reader of my reviews, you probably know that I love Telford’s work. And if you don’t know then let me tell you – I believe that Telford is an exceptional author for any sphere and the fact that she is writing lesbian fiction makes me a really happy reviewer.

She uses language expertly. Like a dualist would wield a sword and make it look like poetry, so Telford wields her language.

The Pros

It’s Telford. It’s brilliant. It’s well researched, beautifully written, easy to read and hard to put down.

The Cons


The Conclusion

This is a great short read. Telford is evolving as an author and I find it compelling to watch. This novel is set in a beautifully describes background of historical significance to women and it is well worth a read.

I highly recommend this book.

Excerpt from Never Come To Rest by Keira Michelle Telford

(This has been edited down slightly)

Vera Mae spies a beguiling young woman of near faultless proportions standing beside the fountain.

She’s tall and beautiful. Effortlessly beautiful. No more than twenty-five years of age. No need for any powder, lip color, or rouge. Her face is soft and gentle. Perfect cheekbones. Perfect lips. Eyes the color of speedwell. She’s be the absolute embodiment of femininity were it not for the fact that she’s wearing a man’s suit tailored to fit a woman’s form.

There’s not a frill on her. Not a single scrap of lace. Black leather ankle boots with a modest heel peek out from the bottom of her gray trousers, the hips and waist of which have been adjusted to accommodate her distinctly womanly curves.

Other women cluster around her, vying for her attention. One suffragette in particular hands onto her like seaweed clinging to a rock, leaning tight against her, whispering to her, making her laugh.

The intimacy in their touch is plain to see. Vera watches the statuesque stranger place a hand on the suffragette’s lower back, caressing her there, and a sympathetic shiver runs up her spine. Oh, to be touched to daringly! So Tenderly! So erotically! Caught staring, she looks away…briefly. Peeping back seconds later, her gaze is snared by the stranger.

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  • ISBN: 9781988073002
  • Publisher: Venatic Press

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Note: I received a free review copy of Never Come To Rest by Keira Michelle Telford for review. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books.

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