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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 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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Diane
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable,good character development and great dialogue,strong supportive friendship with awesome writing...highly recommend....(paperback!)
T
Jul 18, 2012 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
Agirlcandream
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Nice to revisit the slow burn romance between Syd and Maddie, not to mention all the colourful locals inhabiting the little town of Jericho.
While we sit back and enjoy this budding romance, the author slides in some food for thought such as the opportunities we have in life to make choices. We get to choose when to mend fences or close doors on events in our past. Finding the right person to share your life with, someone who will stand with you as you make those choices is a special and beautifu
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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
...more
Marilyn
This is beautifully written, set in charming town, with wonderful characters. I loved it.
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
...more
Jo reece
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!

Loved the build up, Loved the chemistry, loved the story and loved the 'banter' between Maddie and Syd.
Les Read
Dec 07, 2015 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
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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Kennedy
Fate -- what a beautiful word when you become engrossed in an engaging and funny read with characters and writing that have you laughing and cheering. I listened to this story while taking a road trip and it was an excellent selection because it was long yet kept me wanting more. Stopping to refuel was torture because I could not wait to get back in the vehicle and continue to glide along with Maddie Stevenson and Syd Murphy. The main characters remind me of people I would like to have in my lif ...more
Velvet Lounger
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, series
Back in 2011 a new author appeared on the scene with a novel called “Jericho”. It tells the tale of a straight woman, Syd, running away from her failed marriage to lick her wounds in the small town of Jericho. On her way into town she gets a flat and is saved by the town Doctor, Maddie, a single out lesbian – but our unsuspecting straight girl doesn’t realise that.. in fact doesn’t find out for quite a long time.

While setting up a new library and living in the flat above, Syd begins to form a st
...more
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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Ted
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6 stars. One of my favorite books of all time. 3rd time through this over the years, this one was on audio book. This one comes in at over 21 hours of audio. Love this book. Like seriously. The audio version in my opinion was absolutely flawless.
Jhosy Lephor
*First of all, english is not my native language.
While I feel confident reading, I believe my writing is not so good.
So, forgive any mistake or confusion.*

I think lately I haven't given a good stars for the readings I've been doing ... Sometimes I think I'm being very strict in my comments but at the same time I think I have to be true with what I think ...
Anyway ...
I'm qualifying this reading as a 3.5
The book was well written, one can see the talent of the writer in each line.
I loved the fluid
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Alealea
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ff, romance
Oh my God what a trip !This book is great !

The pace is very very very slow and there is a lot of meat on the bones of the story
That made the story so much believable, you could feel the characters changing, growing into something else, and ... fiuu, I feel so happy that I have a silly grin plastered on my face right now.

And I should be ashamed to have spend my all day reading it but hey, I'm sick so I have the right to read on the couch all day, especially with such an enticing treat !

Back to
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Anja
Nov 13, 2013 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
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.
Voronwer
Oct 02, 2012 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
...more
C
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Jae Jae
Sep 11, 2011 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
...more
Elske
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely and fun read
MJS
Mar 06, 2015 rated it 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). The supporting characters, Maddie's best friends, Syd's family and the townies are also very engaging and lend a lot to the story. The subplot of Mad ...more
Verechnaya
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Claire Daye
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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Cloak88
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
poppp
Nov 24, 2015 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
Sockenmaedchen
May 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Tooooooooo draaaaaaaged ooooooouuuuuut and total nonsense. I was struggeling with the stupid, stupid love story for some time, but was willing to give the novel the benefit of the doubt because I liked "Backkast" by Ann McMan alright and I like the politics Ann McMan brings into her novels. But I just couldn't stand it anymore.
Apparently I'm getting better in not finishig novels that bore the hell out of me. I probably would have finished it and giving it an ok rating, hadn't ther been still 8
...more
Velocity
Oct 01, 2012 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
Val
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that got mixed reviews and I am so very glad I didn't let that fact stop me from reading it. I thought it was great and I was surprised this was the author's first book. It's a slow burn type of romance but there's ample story left after the couple gets together. The dialogue between Syd and Maddie was sharp and several times I wished that I could come up with witty comebacks like theirs. I'm just not that quick. ;-) Stellar read.
R T
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is No murders, no suspense. Slow burn long love story feel so good. I enjoyed their development friends to lovers. It was natural. Their intellectual banter drove me nuts cuz I have no idea where that come from. I know it was just because of my lack of knowledge of American culture.
Now I'm craving a mystery. I need murders, suspense and thrills. What should i read next.
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