Author: Cindy Rizzo
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/01/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Romance
Elizabeth Morrison has ascended the ranks of her industry and now runs one of the most successful publishing companies in the US. But even after three decades, she has never been able to get past the devastating end of her relationship with the beautiful and brilliant Ruth Abramson. As Elizabeth approaches her 30th college reunion, she must face the woman who long ago acceded to the demands of her father, a famous Russian dissident, and married the young man who’d been chosen for her. It doesn’t make it any easier that Ruth, now divorced and living openly as a lesbian, is the class luncheon speaker.
As the two women face one another and attempt to reconcile their past, Elizabeth finds she must wrestle with a number of issues she has avoided confronting. And she must carefully decide whether she is more distrustful of Ruth or of herself. Is she headed for another fall with this woman? Or does she want to get close again, so she can be the one to walk away?
When it comes to reuniting with the love of your life, it’s not always easy to know the difference between getting back together and just getting back.
Touching, Tender and Genuine
It is the 1970s and life was about perfect. Elizabeth and her college roommate Ruth are deeply in love, or so Elizabeth thinks. With no warning at all Ruth becomes engaged to the man her Russian refugee parents have chosen for her. After seeing them kiss, Elizabeth takes off to Europe to finish her studies but Ruth is never far from her mind. Thirty years late and they come face to face at their college reunion. Everything has changed but nothing is different.
Admit it, we all love those stories of the lovers who parted then get a second chance. They are mushy and hopeful and make us feel good. Even the bad ones have the AWWW factor. This one is truly better than most! It is by far the most realistic and thought provoking one I’ve ever read and I loved it!!
Told through Elizabeth’s eyes, the characters are deep and serious…level headed 50 somethings when they meet again. Elizabeth doesn’t just fall back into bed with Ruth or even agree to see her at all at first. She does a lot of soul searching. She remembers the past up to the present. She has doubts and fears, needs and desires. Not all of these things are about Ruth. She also has some major life issues to deal with which give the story more depth and dimension.
It is so easy to want to hate Ruth but there is just something about her that like Elizabeth, you really can’t. She had her reasons for leaving and her torment about walking away causes her almost as much pain. There is just so much to this book and I will put it into my re-read pile.
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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