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Finding the Grain

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  32 reviews
When Augusta "Blue" Riley's parents are killed by a tornado in her last month of high school, Blue is thrown into a world where nothing is what she expected. She moves from her farm in Alabama to North Carolina to be near her aunt and attend college. Interesting classes and the love of sorority girl Grace Lancaster help Blue let go of her grief. But her world is shattered ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Bywater Books (first published February 10th 2014)
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Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An absolute great read! interesting,good storytelling from beginning to end..articulate and descriptive about every characters habits/needs or insight..highly recommend
Diane Wallace
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolute must read of a story! interesting,good storytelling from beginning to the end...articulate and descriptive about the characters' habits/needs and insightful...highly recommend
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story (:

Yes, I've read a thousand f/f romances in which the protagonists meet in highschool/college, then break apart, then 10, 15, 20 years later meet again and reunite. There's nothing new here. Except for the part where you actually get to read about the years they spend separate.
Oh I know, why on earth would you buy a book where the main couple spend almost more pages apart than together? Because of the journey, clearly.

On the first part of the book, Blue meets Grace in college in
Just a man's point of view
Two girls, Grace and Blue, meet at college in 1978 and fall in love with each other. Prejudices on homosexuality typical of that time and powerful family pressure on Grace doom their budding relationship to failure. Twenty years will pass before Grace and Blue eventually will meet again as women and will have a second chance to build a new life together. End of a fair. That’s the romance part of this book.

But this book is far more than this. It is an inner journey inside Blue.

At the college, Blu
Bree Paige
This book is amazing at first I didn't love the charaters that much Blue and Grace seems blank to me maybe bcoz the writers didn't put so much time to describe her characters especially Blue that's why it was hard for me to picture them. But maybe after at least 10 chapter I've started to fall for Grace ('It was true that sometimes it takes time to fall for someone' even in between the readers and the books)
The Hot scene are Good..
The story was well written..
Then I've started to get bored when
Finding the Grain is very similar to another good read, Gerry Hill's At Seventeen in plot. Same rich girl/poor girl premise, same finding-your-soulmate thing but she's expected to marry into money (and men), same decades long separation, etc. etc. But, At Seventeen feels so lightweight, so genre lesfic compared to this. Finding the Grain is so much more. It is still primarily a romance, but it is also about heartbreak, separation and a possible chance at reunion. It is about finding love, and lo ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can't remember the last time it took this long to read a well written book. Over the past two weeks life kept getting in the way of quality reading time so my mixed feelings for Finding the Grain may be my fault and not the authors.

I feel like I have spent a lifetime with Blue Riley. She is both charismatic and single minded. She knows what she wants. She wants Grace. When life steps in to keep the love of her life out of reach we readers spend the next twenty years watching Blue bounce from o
The beginning was a bit shaky for me (but what do I know, right?)... and that nicked off bits from the 5th star, so it's not quite a 5 but it's close. Lotsa drama, so much that I grit my teeth sometimes. I like the fact the instead of typing "After 20 or so years..., " the author painted the story for us.

We have Augusta Blue Riley trying to get to where she thought she always wanted to be before she lost her parents.

Enter Grace Lancaster, the straight sorority sister, who disrupts Blue's life
Finding the Grain is a fine read with a great bunch of believable, three-dimensional characters. The book can be divided into three parts: Grace, Blue in-between, Grace again. In the first and third parts we follow the love story of Blue and Grace. The second part is about the life's journey and personal growth of the main character Blue (to paraphrase the quote: finding and following the grain in her own wood). I am looking forward to more good stories from Wynn Malone. She has already publishe ...more

Wouh. I read this one in less than 20hours!
Many writers in the F/F romance genre try to address the rekindled-love storyline. And in my opinion, many fail to tell a believable and organic story. I mean, obviously, it must be incredibly hard to tell a love story over a time span of 20 years, right? Do you tell it from the start? Do you only hint at the past?

That is what makes Finding the Grain impressive. Because it is a complete success. It is indeed pretty similar to At Seventeen by Gerri
This is a gem of a book. While it features a romantic relationship that takes up a huge part of the main character’s life and mind, it’s actually more like an episodic coming of age story.

I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by Amber Benson and I highly recommend it.

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Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, this book strangely moved me. It was unexpected really. Let me start off by saying that I was born and raised in the south. A South that is full of contradictions, breathtaking beauty, kindness, complexity, and wondrous disappointment. I'm sensitive, okay prickly, about the brainless preconceived notions people make, sometimes say, or write about a place that raised me to be who I am.

But writing a story set in the South is no easy task. Communicating the nuances, descriptions, dr
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is not just a story of love but true love. There is much to enjoy about this story and the characters. Particularly her aunt, Preacher, Mary, and of course Grace. How the story unfolded and the description of the characters and the places were so vivid that I could not help myself but fall in love. I rode the rollercoaster of highs and lows. I laughed and cried as the author took me on this wonderful and scenic journey that I will not soon forget.
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook: I purchased the audiobook on audible and it was so good. The narrator was amazing. I made my wife listen to it as well as she had never read the book. I know this isn't the right way to describe the book, but I feel like this was the lesbian Forrest Gump.. written by the lesbian Margaret Mitchell. Not in the way that Blue is Forrest but in the way 1 person (Blue) kind of wanders through life incomplete... not knowing what to do... but the journey allows her to touch so many lives. It ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. Having grown up in Alabama, I was a little reluctant. Most authors don't quite get it right. But the story had a nice, slow easy feel. It wasn't written in "southern drawl" which most authors writing about the South use, which drives me crazy.
The authenticity of the characters was immediate and she drew me in really from the beginning. A grand love story which wasn't really finished even when the book ended.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
You know ... I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The road trip aspect to Blue’s story, the people she met along the way and how she grew and found a version of herself she was happy with was a ride I was happy to go along with.

There were certainly times that I thought her patience with Grace was misplaced, and I can’t say I was mad about her character, but Blue figured she was the one she couldn’t get over.

I enjoyed the temporal shift in the writing, the narration was good too, and the meandering
Velvet Lounger
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
When Augusta “Blue” Riley’s parents are killed by a tornado in her last month of high school, Blue is thrown into a world where nothing is what she expected. She moves from her farm in Alabama to North Carolina to be near her aunt and attend college. Interesting classes and the love of sorority girl Grace Lancaster help Blue let go of her grief. But her world is shattered again when Grace abruptly leaves her.

Blue quits college and hits the road. For nearly twenty years she moves from town to tow
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Life isn't always about how successful one is in the classroom or how well that translates into a successful career or how much money is in the bank account, rather it should be about seeking happiness and that is exactly what Finding the Grain gives the reader as Wynn Malone beautifully builds Blue Riley's life from the debris of a tornado that leaves her an orphan. What I truly love about Wynn Malone's writing (and if you haven't read her work under Perry Wynn I highly recommend that as well) ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This book has a very good start. The carachters and their love story are sufficiently detailed to be believable.
The first half of the book remminds me a bit to "Brokeback mountain": two sweet carachters that have a lot of chemistry, that fall maddly in love, but their love story does not last long. They are condemed by "Society", and they are forced to live sepparate lives.

The second half presents a different story and a very different ending. It is this second half that raises most of my doub
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story and how it was weaved together! The pace was perfect. I never got bored or felt like the author was feeding us details just for filler. It was so good. Blue was a great character and storyteller. I liked how it followed her through different chapters in her life, dropping us in, sometimes in the middle of that chapter, sort of like we were old friends being retold a story we'd heard before. I was most moved by the chapters with Preacher and Mary. And the narrator was phenomenal! ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
this book was nice at first but after few chapters everything gets ...well boring. I skipped so many chapters and I did not get to the finish. I was super pissed at the weakness of Blue and grace. the way blue handled her life was so over the top for me. so many years have passed yet she still into the one women who hurt her the most. i could be too critical but i felt that the story was doing too much for me. it's well written tho
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was surprised how much I liked this book! I listened to the audio book narrated by Amber Benson which may have added to the story as well. A really great listen!
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this book. Much deeper and richer story than most lesbian books.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fiction
Augusta Riley, who goes by the name Blue, meets Grace Lancaster while the two of them are students at the University of North Carolina. Blue loves Grace, but there are a lot of bumps in their relationship. When Grace's parents send her abroad for a year, the relationship comes to an end, Blue leaves school and begins traveling around the country, from job to job, and from woman to woman. One day Blue answers an ad from a man named Preacher Rowe looking for someone to help with tractor driving an ...more
Diane Constantin
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this well written book. The realistic story and complex characters kept my interest through the entire reading and I could definitely relate to the historical time setting of the early 80's and then later the mid 2000's. I read a lot of what is often called lesfic and most of the time I find something seriously wanting in the books I've spent time with but I found this one to be very well rounded and engaging. I am now adding Wynn Malone to my short list of favorite authors of wel ...more
Paige Braddock
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled across this book while looking for something new to read. One of the reviews I read described it as "epic" because it spans 20 years. If you've every been in love and had the forces of society and familial expectation conspire against you then this book will definitely resonate with you. Maybe it also especially touched me because a good portion of the book is set in the Deep South. I cared about all the characters in this book. I look forward to reading this one again and to Wynn's N ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: lesfic, romance
Beautiful love story. The book has 3 parts -- Grace and Blue's beginning and falling apart, Blue's "nearly 20-year" journey, and finally, Blue's time with the Rowes and her comeback to North Carolina. The 2nd part ruined my enjoyment of the book. It would have been alright to read all the chapters of Blue's journey if they are significant in the end, but no, none of whom she met and what she had done during those 20 years mattered as much as Preacher Rowe and Mary.
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading 'Finding the grain' WOW..... I went through a bunch of emotions reading this book laughing, crying to name a few. this is a great romance I couldn't put down once I started. The complex characters of Blue and Grace and their journey keeps you wanting more. will definitely read again and I highly recommend you give it a go. HAPPY READING :-)
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ff-fiction
Enjoyable romance read, especially the journey the two characters go through. The story just makes you wanting to keep turning the pages to find out whether Blue and Grace will get together or not. Check out written reviews by other people which are great.
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful journey - well worth the read!
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