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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  924 ratings  ·  60 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 fall by the wayside as she gets drawn into the daily lives of the quirky locals. She becomes fast friends with Maddie Stevenson, the enigmatic physician who has return ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (first published December 2010)
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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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Jae Jae
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
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
Anne Barwell
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
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
A wonderful first novel by Ann McMan. I truly enjoyed the humor and banter between the characters, and I absolutely loved the picture that had been painted of Jericho and its residents. It felt like I was watching a movie!

Which is actually a drawback as well. As much as I love a good Lifetime movie, I felt that this was too simple, too clean. Love is messy. I don't care if you gay, strait, black or purple. Love is messy. Syd and Maddie's relationship was way to perfect, from the first sentence t
Pinkdturtle tina
I loved this book, it was uncomplicated, long, simple. Love the way this book just hangs in your mind, such lovely easy read. Only thing bugged be it took so long for main characters to well you know! only reason I gave it 4 stars. Looking forward to reading the next one.
I really enjoyed this book. Both Maddie and Syd were extremely easy to relate to and were like-able characters. I would have had a glass of wine with either of them. The relationship was a nice, slow build and fun to watch unfold. A very pleasurable read.
I enjoyed most of the book but it could've gone without the last 50 pages or so. I found myself flipping it through my kindle because I already thought the story was over.
Sarah Moore spinks
Very entertaining, with witty, repartee-based dialogue and fun characters. Main characters a bit too beautiful for reality -- but, hey, romance is fantasy, after all. Plot bunnies showed up at the end, which lengthened the book beyond the story, but were essential for the sequel novel, Aftermath. All in all, one of the better lesbian romances that I've read and very good for a first novel. Giving it four stars since the writing style is so much better than the norm for the genre
I very much enjoyed this book. The author really takes her time in letting us get to know the characters - to include many of the members of the small community of Jericho. And there are a few good hat tips to Xena & Gabrielle; Jericho was initially posted online as a Xena uber.

Andy and I just got done recording episode 30 of Cocktail Hour and Ann McMan joined us to talk about the book. Her humor definitely comes through in the book. She was a blast to talk with!

She is currently working on
Read this originally online and I don't think that there is much difference between the two versions. A few grammar issues still in the published version and the dog got renamed in one paragraph. :) I do believe that there was a short story giving a further epilogue online, plus a very funny short piece the author wrote about the characters taking over the story.

All in all, a great romance. It has a slow build up, but the characters (main and supporting) are well developed and the dialogue is h
Happy lesbian books - they exist!
Really, if you are looking for an easy, but well-written read featuring writing you just want to curl up in like your favorite fuzzy blanket, then JERICHO is for you!
Nick Grayson
It's a long read for sure. But the story hits all the right notes. Good book and a relaxing read.
I really didn't get these two for the first couple chapters, until they found themselves alone together at Maddie's house and felt all awkward in the speed of their friendship. Then I was sold on their complete adorableness.

Pet peeve: the "I may be writing genre fiction, but I know plenty about fancy things like literature and classical music" thing, far from unique to this book, and fortunately less glaring as it went on. So I guess I shouldn't read books with musicians as main characters, but
This is one of the better romances I've read. The characters were charming. I liked that there wasn't the typical sort of character 'damage' to overcome that can often be found in these types of novels. Some minor issues, which can apply to all novels of this genre, is the overuse of pets (dogs!) and children and moving in together. It gets to be a bit much. Sometimes I wish the characters could just have a relationship without getting too lesbian. That said, it's still a good read.

One last obse
This book was just awesome and opened my eyes to Bedazzled Ink authors!
I liked this so much I was even tempted toward a 5. It's long but the story didn't seem to drag. I really like that the relationship was allowed to develop with all the usual confusion that can go along with a budding relationship. Of course, the main characters in these romances are never frumpy, middle-aged women like me (always hot, overachieving women) but that's ok. I enjoyed David & Michael, the gay male secondary characters. There was a lot of drama at the end but it at least pertaine ...more
I loved it! The characters were well-developed and the story very interesting. I enjoyed the setting, having lived in NC and VA. The depiction of the area was very acurate,aptly describing the beauty of the region. I enjoyed the medical aspects of the book also. Being a nurse, I could identify with the small town troubles encountered in a small private practice. I loved that the general store was portrayed as the town information center. So true to the life experiences that I have had living in ...more
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.
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
I like this book. Maddie and Syd are perfect together. Ok, too perfect.
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College at an indifferent liberal arts institution taught Ann McMan that understanding subject/verb agreement was not enough to secure her fame and fortune. After graduation, she got a job driving a young adult bookmobile—and spent her days piloting the great rig across the dusty back roads of rural North Carolina. Her duties included making certain that the mobile library always contained at leas ...more
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