Stevie‘s review of Nightingale by Andrea Bramhall
Contemporary Lesbian Romance published by Bold Strokes Books 11 May 14
Andrea Bramhall isn’t afraid to tackle difficult subjects, much less plotlines, that don’t follow typical romance tropes, as her previous novel, Clean Slate, made abundantly clear. This time she tackles the thorny issue of what it means to balance traditional and more modern values without alienating family or friends and while staying true to oneself. I’m not in a position to pass judgment on the cultural accuracy of the lives she depicts, but the parts of the story set in parts of England familiar to me certainly ring true, and her depiction of the differing views of the various characters feel fair and non-judgmental. Told both in the present and in flashbacks to a few years before, we see the two heroines come together, separate, and then try against all the odds to be reunited. And what odds those are!
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