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4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,455 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Librarian Syd Murphy flees the carnage of a failed marriage by accepting an eighteen-month position in Jericho–a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Her plans to hide out and heal her wounds go by the wayside as she gets drawn into the daily lives of the quirky locals and becomes fast friends with Maddie Stevenson, the enigmatic physician who has returned ...more
380 pages
Published September 2011 by Bedazzled Ink (first published December 2010)
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Jul 18, 2012 T rated it it was amazing
This is a very long book that earns it's worth. Be sure to pace yourself, if you are one of those readers like me that keeps reading through the night to get to the good stuff. Fortunately, the entire book was engaging as the relationships between the characters builds up. Spending time in the lives of Syd and Maddie as fate goes above and beyond to throw them together, is a fun journey. I've since gone back and read it again, from the beginning and no parts of it were worth skipping over. The w ...more
Everyone's read this, whether as published by Bedazzled or in fanfic form, but I finally caught up and I loved it. It's not the author's best, but the funny thing is that its main problem--that it sprawls because the writing isn't particularly tight--is actually something I love about it. It may not stand up to the author's other books, but it's a book you can sink into and while away a big chunk of time.

It actually reminds me a little bit of All That Matters by Susan X Meagher, because both ar
Just a man's point of view
I think a good way to describe this book is comparing it to Ravel's Bolero.

There's a single main theme playing, repeated in many different variations and with different intensity.
The main theme here is the gradual unfolding and revelation of Maddie's and Syd's love.

And then we can see every chapter as a musical phrase, with its beginning and its ending.
It's quite a characteristic choice, no chapter is left hanging or finish with a discordant note, each one tells its story and closes in a positiv
Les Read
Dec 07, 2015 Les Read rated it it was amazing
I was so obsessed with this book for awhile, that an old friend used to joke that it was my new girlfriend, Jeri Cho. I do admit that I spent an enormous amount of time with her. But what did she give me in the end? She gave me a broken heart. We had a booty call a few months later (Ann McMan wrote a collection of short stories Sidecar, one of them featuring Maddie and Syd). Then, we got back together shortly after that (Ann McMan wrote a sequel, Aftermath) but it just wasn’t the same. I read so ...more
Nov 13, 2013 Anja rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of lesbian fiction and Jericho by Ann McMan is really high on my list that I would recommend for a really well written lesbian romance with awesome dialogue. I really enjoyed how it does not follow the typical arch of lesbian romance where girl meets girl, there is some conflict, then they fall madly in love and have mind blowing sex. This is different and has a complimentary cast of characters which for the most part really add to the entire story. What is a true standout is the di ...more
Aug 30, 2013 C rated it it was ok
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Jul 02, 2013 Voronwer rated it it was ok
I admit that I was reluctant when I started reading this book because it's yet another uber Xena fanfic that's making up of what feels to be 95% of the lesbian romance books. Sadly enough, this is also exactly what I got: glorified fanfiction and not the engaging kind either.

This book suffers from excess. The story would have been better if it'd stopped 100 pages sooner. There are one time point of views in the book that have very little point. Cut those out and I would have felt more engaged, b
3.85 stars

I finally got around to reading this book. After hearing a lot of praise for this author I was expecting something deep and also laugh out loud funny. I didn't really get either. There is introspection and the book is plenty amusing when it comes to the dialogue but, on the whole, the pulse of the book is somewhat of a flatline the entire storyline. This is also an uber-Xena story born from fan fiction which I don't count as a bad thing but it always throws me. I don't WANT to see the
Dec 13, 2015 poppp rated it really liked it
I like the "longer" books more since they also tell you what happens after the usual happy ever after affair once the leads get together. With that said, I will categorize this as a good book -- it's not one of the best "longer" books I've read. I like that it's well rounded with interesting characters and leads that have great chemistry. My problem is that, there are times in the book where I felt the conversations/monologues were unnecessary and I don't know why. The ending was also a wee abru ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Leavethesky rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, romance
This is a pretty straightforward, well-written romance. The characters are fully developed and the author takes her time building a believable, solid romance without resorting to the usual romance cliches. The only downsides: an awkward, unnecessary subplot about a stalker, another tacked on subplot about fostering a child one of the women meets on a plane (can we have a lesbian romance without the baby plot please!), and a tendency to write far too much, overly-clever dialog. The only other iss ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Velocity rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
Unbelievably SLOW, needlessly long and mostly boring. I yelled "just make out already" about a dozen times before the deed was done. The banter between Syd, Maddie, David and Michael needed to be served in smaller doses. Instead of funny, quirky and pleasant it became tedious and forced. Also, the way Maddie gets attached to a little boy is unrealistic and, yes, a bit creepy. No one forms a strong emotional bond with a child they've never seen before in just a couple of hours. All in all, a disa ...more
Mar 06, 2015 MJS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of superlative reviews for this book and while it is a good story that's enjoyable to read, it's not quite as fantastic as it's made out to be here. The love story between Maddie and Syd is cute and well paced (they actually become friends first and the emergence of their feelings for each other feels organic rather than contrived). Also the supporting characters, Maddie's best friends, Syd's family and the townies are very engaging and lend a lot to the story. The subplot of Mad ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Lee_wa rated it liked it
I gave it 3 because I did 'like it' BUT it's got the rosiest coloured glasses! It's contemporary, middle class (ie bordering on having a high snob value), has two seemingly incredibly attractive women and a plausible context. I've never seen an episode of Xena so I can't comment on if it's fanfic but one of the characters sounds very Lucy Lawless in the looks dept (or maybe Jennifer Beals but taller). I've only recently discovered the lesfic genre and I've been doing a fair bit of reading. I not ...more
Stef Rozitis
Jun 15, 2014 Stef Rozitis rated it liked it
Shelves: queer
I enjoyed this book some of the time and I shouldn't have expected more from what is after-all a romance novel. At times the author showed a desire to complicate the characters and bring in issues like race and class but it was all from a sort of middle-class perspective where they did "good deeds" for other people but frankly were more interested in food and clothing and comfort (which is honest but not very least the characters were "nice"). The gay best friend was to my mind ...more
I would have given this a 1 star but I loved the dialog between the main characters in the beginning of the book. Other than that the book was way too drawn out, had awful plot extenders, yapped on and on about crap I didn't care about and just basically shit itself over and over halfway through the book. This romance was not novel material the way it was used and horribly suffered from it. It would have been fine if all the travel didn't happen or it being all about traveling, same with the "th ...more
Anne Barwell
Mar 21, 2014 Anne Barwell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, f-f
I was recommended this book by a friend, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are three dimensional, and banter is great, and quite literary - something which appeals to me as a reader. Loved also the fact that Syd is a librarian. The relationship which begins as a friendship is realistic, as is both characters' realisation that it's more than that. Also loved the 'supporting' characters who were also well fleshed out and believable. It's not a fast read, but I stayed up many a late night ...more
May 28, 2015 Sharlie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Jericho had come highly recommended to me by a good friend and I totally trusted her instincts. Ann McMan and Jericho did not disappoint in the least. To state it mildly, I was blown away by this book! I truly welcome a book so rich in detail and character development. With the level of depth of this book, the rich development of its four, very 3-dimensional characters …as well as the supporting characters, it’s hard for me to comprehend how this was Ann’s first novel! The growth and pace of the ...more
Claire Daye
Aug 31, 2015 Claire Daye rated it liked it
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Tartan Jane
Jul 08, 2015 Tartan Jane rated it really liked it
Ann McMan wrote a really easy-to-read book here, with solid likeable protagonists and a hefty storyline.
On the pro side, the writing flows beautifully, the pacing is very good, the characters are great, and it was just an overall breeze to read.
On the con side, at times it felt like the author was trying to get more drama than necessary - the storyline could have done without a couple of the minor sub-plots.
Enjoyed immensely, will recommend.
Nov 20, 2011 Pricelessfem rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING and who ever did the cover needs to smacked or shot, it does the book NO justice. One of my all time favorite. If you are a Radclyffe fan and you are worried if it's going to be just as good like I was, well rest assured that this book goes above and beyond.
Mar 25, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: femme-femme, hot-sex
I did not expect much of this book, but I still wanted to give it a try. Once I started reading the first chapter, I knew I was hooked by it. It starts slow but it is amazing how you can witness how the feelings for each other develope. My favorite part: humorous conversations.
Jan 10, 2016 Alisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best dialogue I've ever encountered so far in lesbian fiction, and have been reading over fifty in the last half a year. Just started to look closer inside of me and embrace my sexuality at my early 30. Yeah...I know...:( anyway, McMan books just helped me decide what type of relationship I seek to have, and is certainly one in which I could have a similar degree of conversation with my partner. The dialogue and the humour in Jericho and Aftermath are clever, educational quite, full of meaning a ...more
Samantha Luce
Apr 02, 2016 Samantha Luce rated it liked it
This is a tough one to call. I enjoyed the characters. The unresolved sexual tension (UST) was great at first. Then, it got too tedious. It seemed to stall in the middle and took a very long time to get the ball rolling. Once it rolled it was delightful. Then, two random plot points happened that seemed to come from nowhere and didn't make a whole lot of sense. Without those two random pieces I would have rated this higher. Overall, a satisfying lesbian romance between a straight woman discoveri ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Stoppie rated it liked it
I read this for my friend. i did enjoy it mostly. Maddie and Syd were believable and likable, although really Maddie truly was remarkably good at everything. But then I have someone in my life who is annoyingly good at everything or it would seem, Hah! The tale did take an odd bent to throw Maddie and her Mum back together with a lab accident, ie Cornell circa 1998., a stalker drug addict and to top it all off, a stranger's child to foster in the new relationship. This is a long read and could h ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Wendy rated it liked it
I am not generally a reader of adult LGBTQ books. However, after reading The Price of Salt, I was put in the mood to check out more in the genre (I am a YA reader, so I concentrate more on those queer reads). I actually listened to this book rather than read it, and although I was a bit distracted by the author's insistence upon making words like "angst" sound much more prestigious than they are by pronouncing them "ahngst" or tachycardia as "tahkycardia," I rather enjoyed the story.

One reason
Jae Jae
Sep 12, 2011 Jae Jae rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Syd Murphy, a librarian, relocates to the little town Jericho in Virginia after her almost-ex-husband cheats on her. A flat tire stops her before she even reaches Jericho, and she's rescued by Maddie Stevenson, Jericho's doctor.

Maddie has returned to Jericho after her father, the local physician, died two years ago and she took over his medical practice.

Syd and Maddie become fast friends, and Syd, who has only planned on staying for eighteen months to set up a library in Jericho, becomes more an
Feb 09, 2012 Cab rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, romance, e-books
I really enjoyed this book, and a good bit of that was because both Syd and Maddie came across as being three dimensional characters. Syd is dealing with a failed marriage and trying to figure out what happens next in her life. As a result, she takes a temporary (18 month) job setting up a library in the rural town of Jericho. In her opinion this is the perfect opportunity to reevaluate her life. While there meets and becomes friends with the local Doctor, Maddie.

The reader gets to go along for
Apr 23, 2015 Jordan rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, lgbt, romance
In my lectures for one of my classes, my professor was reading bits from librarian romances. Which was rather amusing. So I ended up deciding to go off and find one to read. The fact that it started out as an uber Xena fanfic was just a bonus. It was kind of noticeable, but probably a lot of that was because I knew before reading what it started as. Although I think I would have picked up on it eventually even if I hadn't known in advance. Anyways, it was... not bad. Which is probably as good as ...more
Sep 15, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the characters and their banter. There are various relationships explored in the story and solid character development. It's a very good romance read. It is a bit long winded. Whilst some of the storyline can drag at a times there are holes in places. A solid debut novel, one worth reading. I look forward to reading the sequel, Aftermath.
Mar 08, 2016 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is really a 3 1/2 star book. I liked the characters and their stories quite a bit (especially Michael... we should all have a Michael), but there were a lot of cliches in the plot, and there were some grammatical and syntactical mistakes that I found to be distracting. Still, well worth the read, and I'm looking forward to Aftermath.
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