My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sick of playing “roommate” for the sake of her girlfriend’s religious, tight-knit family, Audra issues an ultimatum: Tell your family, or I move out. After all, Audra’s family supports her and loves Ciara as a second daughter. Why would Ciara’s family be any different? Audra’s tired of hiding the reality of their lives. She puts Ciara first, so why can’t Ciara do the same?Caught between her family and her girlfriend, Ciara resents being forced to choose. She tries to keep the peace by accepting her aunt’s endless blind dates and comforting her mother, who cares for Ciara’s dying grandmother. How can Ciara shatter her family by forcing the truth on them? How can she face life without Audra if she does not?Agonized and at her wit’s end, Ciara receives an unexpected spirit visit that asks her hard questions. Does love require self-sacrifice? How much can she give up without losing herself?
This is a story about two very different women in a relationship: Audra is out and proud and accepted by her family. Ciara is hiding in the closet worried that she will lose her family if she tells them she is a lesbian and leads them to believe Audra is just her roommate.
I wasn’t overly keen on either woman initially: I thought Audra was too impatient, but worse was Ciara going on blind dates with men her family foisted on her. Whilst she kept them platonic, it seemed highly disrespectful to the woman she claimed to love.
Both women grew on me as they made an effort to understand each other and I was pleased that they seemed to have resolved their differences with the aid of a little ‘mystical’ intervention by the end.
The book was short and more length would have been nice, especially an epilogue at the music festival.
It is a shame, however, that it needed to be written. Love is love and I’ve never understood why it is anyone else’s business who people chose to love, or why some parents’ love for their children is not unconditional.