Cast Me Gently by Caren J Werlinger ~ Book Review by Ameliah

Cast-Me-Gently-COverTitle: Cast Me Gently

Author: Caren J Werlinger

Publisher: Ylva

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/01/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Romance

Blurb:

Teresa Benedetto and Ellie Ryan couldn’t be more different, at least on the surface.
Teresa still lives at home. As much as she loves her boisterous Italian family, she feels trapped by them and their plans for her life. Their love is suffocating her.
Ellie has been on her own for years, working hard to save up enough to live her dream of escaping from Pittsburgh to travel the world. Except leaving isn’t that simple when she knows her brother is out on the streets of the city somewhere, back from Vietnam, but not home.

When Teresa and Ellie meet and fall in love, their worlds clash. Ellie would love to be part of Teresa’s family, but they both know that will never happen. Sooner or later, Teresa will have to choose between the two halves of her heart—Ellie or her family.

Set in 1980, the beginning of the Reagan era and the decline of Pittsburgh’s steel empire, Cast Me Gently is a classic lesbian romance.

My View:

Teresa and Ellie, Sitting in a Tree….

Set in the 1980s Teresa Benedetto is the dutiful, nerdy daughter of a very Italian couple in a very Italian family in a very American-Italian neighbourhood in Philly. She is 34, frumpy and never been touched. She goes to church every week with the family, works in her parents’ store, lives with her parents, sleeps in the twin bed she has used since she was a child… She is long overdue a change!

Ellie Ryan is a new teller in the bank the Benedetto’s use. She is an orphan and her only brother lives on the streets somewhere after coming home from Vietnam broken. Her real passion is the desire to travel any and everyplace as soon as she can afford it. In the meantime, she continues to search for her brother and spends time with her cat.

When these two women meet life for both of them will change forever.

This was a really interesting book. It is a late in life coming of age and coming out story back before it was entirely safe to do so when there were no rights for the LGBT community and LOTS of discrimination. I came out myself back then and the things Ellie and Teresa go through really brought back memories of the insecurities they faced. I also remember the news accounts of homelessness and unemployment that was rampant during those days. I have to say the story brought back all these feelings and it captured what it was really like to live on the other end of the rich and elite scale.

I enjoyed the story, the writing was vivid and really put me in the setting. Teresa and Ellie and some of the other characters are simply delightful and way too easy to care about. It has good plot lines and the writing is strong. Another great book by Ms. Werlinger

Links

Cast Me Gently on Goodreads
Ylva
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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