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The Yearning

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  495 ratings  ·  109 reviews
“I want to reveal myself to you… I need your eyes to see, your hands to touch, your spirit to acknowledge that which I hold most deeply and secretly in my heart. My yearning for you.”

It’s 1978 in a country town and a dreamy fifteen year old girl’s world is turned upside down by the arrival of the substitute English teacher. Solomon Andrews is beautiful, inspiring and she w
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Simon & Schuster Australia (first published March 1st 2013)
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JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
**5 "Exactly what I was yearning for " STARS**

Many Some readers may disagree with my rating but I can live with that. I thoroughly enjoyed Kate Belle's pure, realistic and meaningful story.

I absolutely picked up this book because I love taboo reads but this tale doesn't revolve around a lust crazed teacher-student relationship. The heart of the story centers around human emotions and longing to be fulfilled both sexually and emotionally. Did I mention I LOVE Kate Belle's writing? She didn't
In 1978 in a small country town a young girl's life is about to change when new English high school teacher moves next door to her. Gazing at him from her bedroom window she is instantly drawn to him. She may only be sixteen years old, but the sight of him starts to arouse feelings that she'd not felt before.

Solomon Andrews, is well aware that he is being watched by the girl next door and at first thinks nothing of it. He's use to this kind of attention and knows that she will become bored and f
It was 1979 in a small country town, when Solomon Andrew moves in next door to a shy and awkward 15-year-old girl (who’s name is unknown throughout the book, only at the end) and who also happens to be her new substitute teacher. According to the girl’s, he is beautiful, charming and has a lot of sex appeal in his tight, hipster hugging Jeans, and is also very hip and modern in his thinking and approach. Solomon knows the effect he has on the girls and tends to play up on the attention he receiv ...more
Cam *tactile seeker*

*Warning, this review is spoilery, ranty, and very long*

I haven’t even started this review yet, and I’m already aware that I will forget something along the way.
It doesn’t matter that I’ve put post-its on every page where I found something I needed to comment or that I’ve written three pages on my “reviews notebook” of thoughts and reactions.
There are simply too many things to praise, but also to criticize, about The Yearning, and my mind works in a messy, chaotic way, so forgive my confusion an
Jenn J McLeod
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My first comment about The Yearning is this…

It’s a shame a novel like this has to be categorized erotic fiction(largely so a bookseller knows where to plonk it on a shelf—cyber or real). It’s a shame because there will be people who’ll have their perception skewed as a result of a generic genre label and miss out on a wonderful reading experience.

I loved everything about this story: the writing is evocative, the storyline compelling, the biblical references intriguing. The Yearning is a truly
Review posted on Way Too Hot Books.

Oh I quite liked this book, how best to summarize it? It’s haunting, beautiful, poetic, sensual and melancholic, all at the same time.

Book begins with Solomon Andrews moving into town, he’s a new teacher. A free spirit, enjoying casual sex and without ever having a serious relationship or intention of one. Main female character, whose name is not mentioned, starts looking him from her bedroom window and very soon she’s bewitched. Solomon is aware of her watchin
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I cannot believe that this book has not had more attention!!

I found it hidden amongst the bottom shelves of my book store, completely in the wrong section mind you. But I couldn't go home without that stunning cover on my shelf so I just had to give it a go.

I went into it a bit skeptical, my last few experiences with books which centered upon student/teacher relationships left me more than a little disatisfied. But The Yearning pulled me out of my skepticism! The plot in itself presents itself i
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Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)
Wow, men of the 70s were very hairy!

I admit, I only picked this up because of that gorgeous cover. But can you blame me? Just look at that beauty!

Despite all its raving reviews, I didn’t think I would like this book. The blurb, although enticing, sounded like all the other books that drew me in with their promising words and gorgeous covers just to leave me unsatisfied and wanting more.
So I tuned down my expectations going in, thinking this would be another average read of perhaps 2 or 3 stars t
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ozzie-gems
The Yearing by by Kate Belle is a daring and esquisite read about how first experiences can shape the rest of your life. The story goes of a sixteen year old girl whos life is turned upside down when Solomon Andrews moves in next door. To her he is sexy' elequant and a god. Initially she would stare at him through her bedroom window and would be too shy to try and talk to him. Eventually she will start putting letters in his letterbox expressing her love for him and her arousing sexual desire to ...more
***4 emotional, realistic stars***

"It was divine torture, this yearning that had followed her through all the long years.His name was forever whispering through her blood."

"I am woken by a yearning that runs so deep, even my soul is wet with the pleasure of it. The shadow of your touch, still warm against my skin, makes my spirit sing. Thank you for waking me."

"on windy nights when the yearning stirs within me, I’ll look to the stars, to the heavenly resting place of the true gods, and remember
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

" I need your eyes to see, your hands to touch, your spirit to acknowledge that which I hold most deeply and secretly in my heart. My yearning for you."

A shy teenage girl writes scented letters of longing to her new high school English teacher and neighbour, the handsome and charming, Solomon Andrews. From her bedroom window she watches and hopes for him to notice her.
Solomon is flattered by his young student's attention, and though wary of another scandal, he finds himself unable to resist her
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
It's been a while since I've read honest-to-goodness fiction-lit. I had to go all the way back to last year to find a book that isn't romance, horror, mystery, or YA. In the past two years, I've read only a handful, so I'm not sure exactly what that section of the bookstore is like these days.

I'd forgotten just how much of a downer fiction-lit can be.


The first half of this book was utterly skeevy (I keep using that word, but it fits perfectly). A sixteen-year-old female studen
Clarissa Bowen
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Infatuated by her handsome new neighbor and English teacher (late twenties), this young girl of fifteen (name is not revealed until the end of book) begins to watch him almost religiously from her bedroom window, which looks directly into his study where he spends most of his time tutoring students and grading papers.

After writing him a series of anonymous letters filled with secret yearnings of desire and god-like admiration, an awakening blossoms within them both, and thus starts the tale of t
Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it

Yeah... kindly fuck off.
Apr 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, arc, australian
In 1978, in a small country town, a fifteen year old girl’s world is changed with the newly arrived substitute teacher. Solomon Andrews is inspiring, charismatic, charming and beautiful and she wanted him more than anything else in the world. While he was aware of this shy girl interests he thought it was a harmless high school girl crush; that was until the erotic love letters started coming. He knew he should resist but her sensual words stirred him. First love feels like a great love, a forbi ...more
Bree T
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, australian, aww2013
It’s 1978 and Solomon Andrews, a high school English teacher moves to a small country town to take up a new position and perhaps escape a whisper of scandal.

Living next door to him is one of his students, a shy fifteen year old girl who watches him from behind the windows of her house. This doesn’t bother Solomon – he’s used to the attention of teenage girls. He’s young, he has long hair, he dresses differently to the teachers they know and he teaches in a way that they’re not used to. At first
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
A young girl’s life is irrevocably changed when the new English high school teacher moves in next door to her.

As she sits in her bedroom, not far from the window overlooking the new teacher’s house, her longings for real, timeless love are evident from the perfect prose that this emerging sexual being writes in her diary along with the secret love letters she slips between the pages, and her clandestine, or so she thinks, almost voyeuristic observations of the “God” who lives next door, begin.

Rebecca Berto
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-everrr
Some books have happy endings and make you satisfied because of that; some have cliffhangers and drive you mad in wait; others have a unique and perfect ending that makes you think.

The Yearning by Kate Belle the the last one, and I feel ( *shifty eyes* ) like I'm now a better type of human race for reading it. *smug face*

First of all, this is categorised as romance, but it read more like poetry at times, was always beautiful and flowed easily, and at other scenes it was more like erotica. What d
Cate Ellink
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There aren't enough stars for my rating of this book. It swept me into the story, had me identify too much with a few characters, and turned my thoughts inside out. I completely loved it. My thoughts are long and rambley and I made it a blog post. If you're interested, you can find them here ...more
Sam Still Reading
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those looking for a book exploring relationships
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: from the publisher and TRR - thank you!
It would be easy to write off The Yearning as a book in the vein of Fifty Shades given its frequent steamy sex scenes. But if you continue reading, you are rewarded with a novel that explores deeply the effect of previous relationships, the power balance between men and women and how idealism can ruin your future.

The novel begins as a new teacher, Solomon Andrews moves into a country town in the height of a hot Aussie summer. His next door neighbour, an unnamed student, watches him move in…and c
Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: forbidden-love
Rating: 3.5 stars

The Yearning is a gut-wrenching and provocative story that’s written exceptionally well. Many times throughout the story it felt lyrical and those poetic words moved me. So if it’s written so well and I was moved how can I possibly rate it only 3.5 stars? I’m so glad you asked…

If I had to rate the book on the writing, the stunning cover and intimate moments alone, it would get 5 glorious stars. Back to the intimate moments for just a second, oh my word, they were done tastefully
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
3 Stars

*Mild Spoilers*

I decided to read this book on a whim, after coming across that beautifully melancholy cover and reading the synopsis. I love a good forbidden relationship story, and they don’t get much more taboo than a 16 year old heroine, and her twenty-something teacher.

I have to admit to a feeling of mild-dredd through much of this story, because it was clear there wouldn’t be any classic HEA - whichever way things went, someone was going to be hurt. So this was the stories downfal
☆*Angie's Reviews*☆
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book… I have so many things I want to say but the main one is: It definitely deserves more rating than it has!

I get why people might not get too fond with it, IT IS NOT a love story, it is not a fairytale with the 2.5 kids and white fence house. This is a story that describes the real consequences and life of a young girl becoming a woman and a man with ghosts from his past discovering each other; it shows how life can take you to unexpected situations and how some experiences s
Joanna Lloyd
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of a young girl’s romantic obsession for her English teacher, Solomon, which changes her irrevocably and cracks the shell of narcissism protecting his heart. She begins to write of her love as she watches him from her bedroom window. “When the universe was young it took a breath, then sighed with a longing so deep, so ancient, that it stole God’s attention for a moment. The sigh brushed God’s cheek and He recognised it as the breath of love. In that moment God wished for another. ...more
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I am not really sure what to think. I'm kind of having a love/hate relationship with this book. On one hand it is slightly my fault. I missed the last few words at the end of the blurb where it says, "when they meet again twenty years later."

There are certain themes I absolutely love in stories. Hence why I picked this one up. But others I can't stand and refuse to read. Second chance romances/married couples within books/children and pregnancy are all no's for me in romances. Just not my cup of
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sorry bookies, this one did NOT work for me.. Since I reserve my 1 star reviews for the truly heinous reads I am being a bit generous with this one..

I don't care what country this takes place in.. This girl ( I didn't really catch her name.. she is referred to as "her" and "she" is freaking OBSESSED with her teacher. Nasty obsessed, nothing cute about this.. She has binoculars to look inside his window and watches him screwing chicks.. EW

She writes him "love" notes, but they were scary..

The ba
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars, angsty
Your first experience with love and sex will, jade you, taunt you, follow you, live with you, the rest of your life, it will be the example of all other future relationships to come, the thing you long for, dream about, desire, love, or hate and how you think about a close relationship forever.

So, be careful how you are introduced to it, and who you choose to share those memories with because those memories last a lifetime.

Sharon Mariampillai
This was an absurd story. I found it boring, to be honest. That is not good considering I love student-teacher relationship books, but this book is one of those rare exceptions. I found the characters to be under-developed. The story was just was not for me. Solomon was boring and static, while Eve was just flat for me. There were a lot of cheesy moments in this story such as the letters. I did like the Dear John letter at the end though. Overall, a boring read.
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
Hilariously bad.
Skimmed through the book and it looks like it only gets worse, which I'll admit is impressive.

Also I just want to point out what kind of teenager hates Saturdays?
"It was Saturday. A vague and hopeless day of the week."
She also writes "Does love begin with a flash of recognition in the heart of an eye?"
WTF is the heart of an eye? Anyways I think I've proven my point.
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Kate is a multi-published author of dark, sensual love stories that will mess with your head. Her interests include talking to strangers, collecting unread books, and ranting about the world’s many injustices. She writes regularly about women, relationships, sexuality and books on her blog, The Ecstasy Files. She is also the creator of the Eros in Action writing sex workshop.
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