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Autumn Spring

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Bree Principal and Linda Morton have sacrificed their personal lives for career and family. Now, in her late sixties, Bree is forced to return to her hometown in East Texas, where she begins to discover things about herself she has refused to acknowledge for fifty years. Do both she and Linda—who is finally out and proud—have the courage to claim the type of life they’ve ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Bold Strokes Books
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Loek Krancher
Apr 30, 2016 Loek Krancher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow, what an introduction to this writer. My first book by her and I was immediately enthusiastic. I love this story about older women. You don't see this often in this genre. The lives of these women are not boring but really colorful and interesting. The heroines are successful in life but not successful in love. They have great families and friends but no lover, no life partner. Bree is back in her home town, after years living in a big city. She doesn't know if she ever would fit
Sep 07, 2015 Agirlcandream rated it liked it
A gentle read suitable for women of a certain age. The author paints a picture of how busy or settled life can be for those approaching their sixties and seventies. Issues like deciding when to retire, helping with carpool duties for the grandkids, coping with aging parents and finding social groups and activities to enjoy are all touched on in Autumn Spring.

The romance that develops between Bree and Linda happens at a very slow and measured pace. Linda spends a good part of the book educating
Jan 04, 2016 Tara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who prefer character driven stories over plot driven stories
This is a romance. It's not a book that moves quickly. There's no sex. There's a whole lot of conversation and food and friendship and community, and all of that is a good thing.

I was interested in reading this one because many of my favourites from Bold Strokes Books have been edited by Shelley Thrasher. I wasn't sure if this one would work for me, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I particularly appreciated that she made that region of Texas as much a character as the rest of the cast, sho
Oct 31, 2016 Deborah rated it it was ok
I applaud the author for writing about older lesbians but found the book tedious - very pedantic, much of the dialogue was stilted and at least one important character (Ann) was very two dimensional.
I wanted to love this book, or at least like it. It has all sorts of things that are unusual in romance: the two leads are older, there is positive mention of Wicca, etc. So I was fully prepared to love this book.

Except I didn't. I really cannot stand the character of Bree, who comes off as quite snobby and elitist. She got into a pissing match with her mother's wound care nurse and insulted her for presumably going to a community college instead of somewhere with more prestige. She only backed
Jul 18, 2016 Jackie marked it as dnf
Really wanted to like this lesbian romance with older female characters (60's). But I found neither of the protagonists interesting enough to read more than 1/3 in. Bree, in fact, the woman who escaped Texas for a job in Chicago, is outright unpleasant—rude, condescending, self-absorbed, not that caring toward her mother—and without any backstory difficulties or redeeming personal qualities to make me feel sympathy for her. Linda, the one who stayed in Texas and lived a hetero life until finally ...more
Diane Wallace
Jul 29, 2015 Diane Wallace rated it really liked it
i really enjoy this book,excellent writing,very creative with the family how the author gave us that settling down feeling, instead of the bs of being a plygirl/playmama in her 60s..she(Bree) had to get with the program and see that Linda did love her and wasn't gonna put up with any of her games..really nice book..go out and get it..good read for a nice afternoon read
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Shelley Thrasher, world traveler and native East Texan, has edited novels for Bold Strokes Books since 2004. With her PhD in English, she taught on the college level for many years before she retired early, and still teaches one fine-arts course online. She has published numerous poems and several short stories and essays, as well as one scholarly book. Shelley and her partner Connie, with their ...more
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