Travels Through Love And Time

Title: Travels Through Love And Time
Author: Christine Hall Volkoff
Publisher: Night Publishing, 2010
ISBN: 978-1456466114
Genre: Literary Fiction | Romance
Rated: 3 Stars

Love affects us, touches us, and changes us. It can awaken us, make us soar, and give us faith in humanity, in ourselves. No love, no matter how fleeting, is unimportant; we are always transformed by it.

Ms Hall Volkoff’s novel is about how love comes to us, at different stages of our lives when we need it most and how it makes us, more.

Made up of what amounts to three novellas, this novel shows us the evolution of the heroine’s life, through the prisms of three love affairs. In the first the heroine is a young girl on the verge of womanhood awakened to love by a woman older than herself. In the second she is coming out of an unhappy relationship and meets a woman with who she has a passionate affair, in the third she is a mature woman experiencing desire, for a woman much younger than herself.

I was expecting a romance novel, however, that isn’t exactly what I got. I applaud the author’s effort, there is real feeling in this work, fluency and fluidity, but, it felt like a novel in search of an identity. A hybrid: neither romance nor literary fiction. I never had a real sense for the heroine, she felt a little flat; she never felt real. I like romance novels and I like characters I can associate and identify with, but, that’s me. Perhaps if it had been longer then there would have been more character development, and it would have worked better. As it is, it struck me as a novel without a sense of direction.

If you are looking for a different spin on romance and interested in the exploration of form and the ideas behind how love changes us, maybe this is the book for you. It wasn’t for me.

Caroline Filler

Caroline is a Montreal bookseller. Her great love is reading. She claims no expertise as a reviewer other than being a life long avid reader.

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Blind Bet

Title: BLIND BET
Author: Tracey Richardson
Publisher: Bella Books, 2011
ISBN: 978-1594932113
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Romance

Blind Bet, is Tracey Richardson’s most recent novel. A good read. A novel about modern women, dealing with the age old problems of relationships, fidelity, and the role that love plays in the quest for success and fulfilment. It’s also about what’s important, really important and not settling for a facsimile of happiness.

This is the second of Ms Richardson’s novels I’ve reviewed. I like her brand of romance. Neither fluffy nor edgy, they strike me as, just right. They are playful and sexy, not silly. I’ve had my problems with romance novels in the past few years, not being a fan of either vampires or werewolves may be a contributing factor. Although I expect escapism to a world of beautiful women who all have buns of steel and good jobs, I also expect characters that have a certain believability, not perfect in every way. Richardson’s characters aren’t perfect, close, but not perfect. That’s what works most for me.

Ellen Turcotte is a Professor of English going through a divorce, her sense of anger and betrayal will find resonance with many readers, it’s hard to pick up the pieces and move on, it’s hard to trust again. She’s a likable, attractive character, and a thinking sensitive woman. Her wife’s infidelity will lead her to question her sense of complacency.

Courtney Langford is a high-powered executive at Microsoft, a workaholic. When she misses a flight to Boston and, as a result, survives a plane crash, she realises that she has no life, where to start again? Life has to be about more that work. Courtney is an appealing soft butch.

While on vacation in Vancouver, they meet. Can a vacation romance survive beyond a vacation? Can you learn to trust again? This romance is well written, and intelligent. The erotic elements are very effective. All in all, this is an enjoyable romance and well worth your time.

Caroline Filler

Caroline is a Montreal bookseller. Her great love is reading. She claims no expertise as a reviewer other than being a life long avid reader.

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The Candidate

Title: THE CANDIDATE
Author: Tracey Richardson
Publisher: Bella Books
ISBN: 978-1594931338
Rating: 3.5-Stars
Genre: Romance

Presidential candidate Jane Kincaid-gorgeous, dynamic and extremely driven- is taking the country by storm, passionately outlining her blueprint for America. Voters quickly fall in love with her…and so, unwittingly, does Secret Service Agent Alexandria Warner.

Their mutual attraction begins to take on a fiery life of it’s own, and soon Jane fears that their intense feelings for each other are a tinder box that could destroy the landscape pf her career…and alter the history of the country.

Jane had always expected the road to the White House would exact a high personal toll.
She just never knew how high…until she’s forced to choose between her heart and her political destiny.

Tracey Richardson’s The Candidate is a winner in it’s genre, a very satisfying romance novel. The Democratic primary race for the American Presidency serves as the backdrop for this love story. If you have an interest in American politics, the place of women and of the GLBTQ community in politics, this novel has a little something extra for you. I’m not saying this is an issues novel, it’s not, it’s a romance but, it does bring up some of those questions, woven into the plot and provides a thoughtful reflection on what society expects and what people are willing to sacrifice for their career and for the greater good.

Caroline Filler

Caroline is a Montreal bookseller. Her great love is reading. She claims no expertise as a reviewer other than being a life long avid reader.

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Best Lesbian Erotica 2011

Title: BEST LESBIAN EROTICA 2011
Edited by Kathleen Warnock
Publisher: Cleis Press, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-57344-425-5
Genre: Erotic Anthology
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Best Lesbian Erotica 2011 from Cleis Press is a quality anthology. Strong, well written, and with broad appeal. There is a little something for everyone, from the romantic to the adventurous. It’s one of the better anthologies I’ve read.

This year’s guest judge is Lea Delaria, described on the back cover as:

The anything-but-shy Lea Delaria, multi-talented writer, stand-up comic, singer and actor…

Caroline Filler

Caroline is a Montreal bookseller. Her great love is reading. She claims no expertise as a reviewer other than being a life long avid reader.

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Red Rover

Title: RED ROVER
Author: Liz Bugg
Publisher: Insomniac Press, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-897415-29-0
Genre: Mystery
Rated: 3.5 Stars

Thalia Spencer is missing. Is she in trouble or simply avoiding her family?

When his daughter disappears, conservative businessman John Spencer hires Toronto private eye Calli Barnow to find her. At first it seems like just another runaway case, but when Calli finds out Thalia’s lover, Zoe, hasn’t seen her either, she starts to wonder if there’s something sinister going on. Then Thalia’s ex-boyfriend turns up dead. Is Calli hunting a killer or another victim?

This fast moving thriller follows Calli Barnow through the twists and turns of Toronto’s neighbourhoods, from run down but friendly Kensington Market to the Church Street
gayborhood, through the ravines of Rosedale and Mount Pleasant’s mausoleums.

Calli is an engaging companion, flawed but determined, pursued by her own demons as she tries to find a missing girl before more trouble finds her.

I liked this novel. There is much to like. The story is well-written, well paced, and well plotted. Calli Barnow has potential to be a series heroine. You care about Thalia’s fate and you feel her father’s guilt and anguish. The Toronto setting is well drawn but not overly intrusive. The themes are thoughtful and current. Emotion and humour are both present.

Caroline Filler

Caroline is a Montreal bookseller. Her great love is reading. She claims no expertise as a reviewer other than being a life long avid reader.

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