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Seventeen-year-old Vi Sinclair’s roots run deep in the Missouri Ozarks, where, in some areas, it can still be plenty dangerous to be a girl who likes girls. Her greatest wish is to become a veterinarian like her boss, Claire Campbell. Fitting in at school wouldn’t be so bad, either. Only one obstacle stands in the way: She may not live long enough to see her wishes fulfill ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published November 16th 2017 by Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
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Laura
Nov 24, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF @ 33%

Trigger warnings for Beulah Land: violence against women, homophobia, animal cruelty.

This book is very hard to read - the author even acknowledges as such in her author's note at the beginning of the book.

I really tried to read this book - especially after I read the sad author's note - but I couldn't get past the overt, descriptive violence against women and the cruel homophobia. These issues are, of course, part of the plot of Beulah Land, and issues that are rampant across America
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Alysia Constantine
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is something about a tough, smart girl in fiction or film that just melts me. Perhaps it’s because I always felt scrappy inside, but was never that brave. Perhaps it’s because every young lesbian girl like me grows up knowing she will have to fight just to keep herself intact—this feeling is acute and transforming, whether or not that fight ever comes. One feels oneself always endangered. For that matter, most “normal” girls do, too. Whatever it is, Violette Sinclair feels like my better s ...more
Heather
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher on Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sometimes I think you only need to hint at a queer main character for me to pick up a book, because this is a prime example. The plot of Beulah Land is not one that I would normally be interested in. The main character Vi lives in a small town in the Ozarks, one where your family controls what happens to you, the law doesn't really matter, and there's basically no future but getting married and h
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Morgan Smith
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hey Guys! Beulah Land by Nancy Stewart is so out of my regular genre, which is why I am so pleased today to recommend it. Nancy Stewart is an incredible writer. Her insight into the human spirit is relatable to anyone, no matter how far from the Ozarks you may be.

Beulah Land follows Violette and Junior, best friends tasked with saving the Sinclairs from a violent clan rivalry. When Dale Woodbine starts stalking Violette to her work as a vet, his words turn from insults to threats. Meanwhile, mur
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Naomi Tajedler
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Never have I read such a book, on a subject so far from my own experience of Life as Beulah Land.
While I couldn't relate to the protagonist's upbringing and life approach, I realted wholeheartedly with her fire, her need to do good and to leave a positive imprint on the world.
I particularly appreciated Nancy Stewart's ability to make her reader experience the surroundings with all of their senses: I could smell the woods, feel the heat of the Summer, hear the rustle of a breeze into the leaves,
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Milky Mixer
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I like a good ol story about good ol country folks as much as the next good ol boy, but law, this was a little bananas. Violette is like a spunky, queer Nancy Drew, trying to unravel a family mystery, keep her kin from being killed dead, and stop a random dogfight that becomes part of the plot out of nowhere. Heaven's sake, I couldn't put it down! But at the same time I felt like too many things conveniently happened and the story itself was clunky. I do give the author points for spinning a yar ...more
A. H.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is an extremely hard review to write. I wanted to put the book down many times but I decided to continue reading to see what happened to Vi. This is a story of queer pain. There is no other way around it. Despite the authors attempt at making this book a literary learning experience, the narrative fell short and left me wondering why exactly someone would write this. I understand the need for authentic books about quiltbag people overcoming hard situations & as a lesbian myself I was desper ...more
Diana Sharp
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beulah Land is a can’t-put-down novel from the very first chapter. Honest and haunting, the novel features Violette Sinclair, a 17-year-old born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks. Vi is a headstrong young woman who loves animals and revels in the beauty of the mountains, even as she despairs of the undercurrent of cruelty and injustice that runs through the town from some of its most powerful residents. When violence turns toward her and her family, she is forced to unearth painful secrets that ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
3.5 stars

Violette wants nothing more than to graduate high school and become a vet, but being gay in the Ozarks might just be the death of her. When a local redneck threatens her life and that of her mother and sister, Vi takes matters into her own hands to figure out what is going on. Between death threats, homophobia and dog fights, Vi has a lot to handle.

I was certain this would be a DNF right up until the 25% mark. It launches right into the story, with little context or explanations of what
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Jane Ellen
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beulah Land, the debut Young Adult novel by Florida author Nancy Stewart, promises the reader a thrilling story and delivers. The heroine of Beulah Land is Violette Sinclair, soon to be a high school senior. Violette works for the local veterinarian, Claire Campbell. Violette is hard-working, motivated to succeed, smart, and gay. In the course of this fast-paced story, Violette’s life is endangered by the actions of a bully who threatens not only Vi, but Vi’s mother and sister Jess. Dale Woodbin ...more
Sarah Meerkat
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Dnf 25%

Recieved and arc of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review

So part of this DNF is a mix of its me and its the book. I unfortunately didnt pay attention enough to the warnings on Netgalley. I do not enjoy queer suffering books very well. I also didnt realize that this is not in fact a romance but coming of age loosely based on the authors lebsian cousin who died. I am thankful for the warning and tags for the chapters at the beginning of the book and I truly tried but the homophobia c
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Giulia
Jun 25, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNFed at 21%
Bri Mounteer
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
Wow! What a book. LGBT character? Check. Family you’re born with and family you choose? Check. Dogs? Check!

This book is seriously amazing. It reads as insanely true to life, including all the messy parts and uneasy answers that life hands you. The main character, Vi, is such a well written character and the resilience that she shows over and over and over is awe inspiring. Don’t forget her best friend, Junior! Showing how supportive friends can become our family in the best ways. Definitely pay
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Nancy grew up in Belleville, Illinois amidst a houseful of books and a menagerie of animals, including two horses. She has been an elementary school teacher and a professor of education. Having lived in London for ten years, She was a consultant to the University of Cambridge.

Nancy is the author of The Bella and Britt series: One Pelican at a Time, Sea Turtle Summer, Bella Saves the Beach, and My
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