Guest Reviewed by Monica
Title: The Beginning Of Us
Author: Sarah Brooks
Heroines: Tara & Eliza
Genre: Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Length: 120 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 27, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: Love is always complicated and sometimes blind and usually that makes for your best type of love story.
College is rough for almost everyone, it’s a time to figure out who you are and what you stand for all while getting an education. The instant I began to read I fell in love with Tara’s words of longing and desperation. She is reaching out to the love of her life and willing her to come back and bring her an explanation for her absence. While in this state of longing and heartbreak she begins to tell a story of self discovery and a love that breaks all molds. Being the good Iowa girl that she is with her steady boyfriend and good grades she walks into a classroom one day and learns that sometimes love isn’t planned and what expected. Falling in love with someone is complicated but worse when they are a women and your new professor.
This short love story took me on a journey that I long felt I had put behind me. It brings back to life the truth of coming out and the struggles we endure not only with admitting the truth to ourselves but saying it out loud to others. All of the hardships that come about with loving another women and figuring out what that means for ourselves.
Tara’s story is an adventurous one. Not only can she admit to herself who she is and who she loves but is willing to place it all out on the line. A character with whom you can fall in love with. One who is bold enough to walk into something she has never had any understanding of and conquer her confusion with unwavering determination to have the women of her dreams. As well as her passion to fight for that relationship whether it is forbidden and misunderstood.
It’s a story to remind you to fight for who you love whether they are your professor and whether they are a female. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story filled with yearning and took pleasure in reliving Tara’s memories of Eliza. Her pure admiration not only for the scholar she is but for the woman that she sees her as. We should have more characters like Tara.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*