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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, 412 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Bedazzled Ink Publishing (first published December 2010)
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T
Jul 18, 2012 T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tara
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
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Les Read
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
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
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Luce
5+ STARS!

This review is for the Audio book.
I've read it numerous times as it is one of my all time favorite books. I needed a comfort read and an audio book, so this fit the bill.

At first I didn't care for the narrator, Christine Williams. I always imagined many of the interactions between Maddie and Syd to be rapid fire - ratta tat tat - back and forth. Williams didn't do this. She also took the description of Maddie's voice as "deep and sexy" to heart. Sometimes too much so, that at times her
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Anja
Nov 13, 2013 Anja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Voronwer
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
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Luce
I've read this numerous times - either the online version or the published ebook. Obviously, I love it - it is a comfort read for me. Love the fast and quick banter between the characters, especially between the 2 mains, Maddie & Syd and the friendship that slowly develops into a romance. There are a number of side characters, all well developed. It is long, but I don't mind spending time with Maddie & Syd.
Claire Daye
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lov2laf
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
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Verechnaya
May 15, 2016 Verechnaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, f-f, romance
Loved it! Maybe a bit too long to my taste (lots of denial!), but I like that for once we get to see their budding (and oh so serious already) couple a little longer before the credits. My only complaints would be that Syd uses far too many ableist slurs ("you're nuts", thrown about 30 times— it's insensitive and it gets really old) and that everyone's far too perfect. Smart, gorgeous, rich, perfect women living perfect lives, with (lots of) great wine, great cooking and great classical music ta ...more
Leavethesky
Sep 23, 2011 Leavethesky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
poppp
Nov 24, 2015 poppp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Velocity
Oct 01, 2012 Velocity rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stef Rozitis
Jun 04, 2014 Stef Rozitis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 interesting...at least the characters were "nice"). The gay best friend was to my mind ...more
Grace Cohen
This book is absurdly cute and absolutely ridiculous. Keep up the happy lesbians please.
Lee_wa
Aug 12, 2014 Lee_wa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
MJS
Mar 06, 2015 MJS rated it really liked it
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
Jae Jae
Sep 11, 2011 Jae Jae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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ybnrmalatall
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 05, 2014 Anne Barwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tartan Jane
Jul 08, 2015 Tartan Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Pricelessfem
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.
Angela
Nov 13, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cloak88
Dec 11, 2016 Cloak88 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, audiobook-2016
A rare kind of novel.

Jericho tells the story of Librarian Syd Murphy, Physician Maddie Stevenson and the quirky town of Jericho. Syd accept an 18 month assignment to be the town's librarian, while Maddie comes back to her hometown to take over her recently passed father's clinic. There slowly they form a friendship that grows slowly, bit-by-bit into something far more beautiful.

This novel is one of those slow paced novels that take it's time to look around and paint you a vivid picture of place
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Swetha Chodavarpu
Lovable protagonists. Amazing book, but the pace got slower as the book progressed. Lost interest by the time I reached the last few chapters.
Still, a nice Christmas read!
Charlie Avocado
Jan 23, 2017 Charlie Avocado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lez-be-honest
Book of the year.
Amaryllis
Jan 17, 2017 Amaryllis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Humor, bantering, romance. I loved it! (loved the secondary characters as well, and that's a big plus for me)
Cab
Feb 09, 2012 Cab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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