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Jules Kanter is a wife, a mother and a successful journalist; but she’s completely fallen for the subject of her latest story—a talented musician/bartender named Erin. While plagued with guilt over an affair that causes her to question her sexuality, coupled with the fear of hurting everyone she loves, Jules pours her emotions into her writing. But she never imagined her w ...more
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Published April 20th 2018 by J2K Creative
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Diane Wallace
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
**'Fiction enables you as a writer to write coded versions of yourself that you know are true because you can decode them...Writing is a delicious agony..'

Great read!
Such a heartfelt,well written story that included some good storytelling. Do recommend this book to all interested readers!
Dee
3.5 - 4 stars

I'm really torn on how to rate this book. While it's certainly compelling, and kept me turning the pages, I'm still not really sure what it was all about. Well, I know what it was all about, but what the point of it all was.

I wouldn't strictly categorise it as lesbian, as the MC has sex with a man, (the identity of whom I had a hard time wrapping my head around) and the other heroine was married, so both bi?

This is a long journey; one of discovery? Coming out? Being found out? Rap
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Felicia
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
On Burning Mirrors is, in essence, a love story, but it is so much more. Jules is married with a young daughter when she is killed in a car accident. Her berieved husband, Will, is struggling to reconcile the history of his tumultuous relationship with his wife when he discovers that she was having an affair with a musician and bartender named Erin. The character development of Will and Erin is beyond reproach and left my heart aching for them both. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was provided an ARC of this book by NetG
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Bethany
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though this one is marketed as a LGBT novel, I personally feel like this one was more of a journey of discovery, coming out, etc. This one is really outside of my usual read, but the description grabbed me right away because it seemed to parallel my own personal coming out story in quite a few different ways. I'm very glad I picked this one up!

I won't recap since many others have done that much better than I could, but this one is deep, poignant, and a if you've ever questioned your identit
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Jenna Bookish
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I want to preface this review by saying that I seem to be in a minority opinion when it comes to this book; it currently has a very respectable 4.26 average on GoodReads, but I'd personally place it in the 2.5-3 range. So, if the premise sounds interesting to you, take my somewhat critical review with a grain of salt. This may also have to be a bit vague, as some of the issues that took away from my enjoyment of the book had to do with plot points rather than writing style. I will aim for only b ...more
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Jules Kanter is a wife, a mother and a successful journalist; but she’s completely fallen for a talented musician/bartender named Erin. Plagued with guilt over her affair and afraid of hurting everyone she loves, Jules pours her emotions into her writing. But, she never imagined her words would be discovered when she couldn't explain them.
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Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I had to come back to this and write something. The writing and editing were fine in this book..and the story idea was fine. But having one main character no spoiler here as its at the start of the book..so knowing she is going to die kinda took away from the book for me. Granted the book is about more than that and I had a somewhat hard time turning the pages..but I did not skim...UNTIL ..no spoiler here either but..did the author really just go there..yup..that did it for me and I skimmed the ...more
teryn berard
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars

Brought me to tears. I don't usually leave worded reviews but this was a great book. I recommend you read it.
Finley
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
On Burning Mirrors is a novel which follows two individuals mourning for the same woman, whom they both love. Will has been married to Jules for many years, and though they have been through a lot to keep their marriage together, he still feels as if Jules is more devoted to her work than to him. Across town, Erin is a musician wo met Jules while performing at the bar she also bartends at, and their friendship soon blossoms into an affair with the writer. Both of their worlds are shattered one n ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
I’ve spent the last sixteen hours binging On Burning Mirrors. It’s a good book that engrossed me. So, engrossing I even turned off the episode of Murder She Wrote where Jessica is a senator, my favorite. This is a story that follows Erin and Will after the unexpected and tragic death of Jules, who was Erin’s lover for the last year and Will’s wife for over a decade. It is told in the present but interspersed with flashbacks by Erin and Will which relate the details of the relationship that Jules ...more
Brie
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful read! I've recommended it to many friends!
Nancy
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads, fiction
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Grace Gardner
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
An intriguing story about what happens to the people left behind when a dead woman's secrets are revealed. Even though Jules Canter dies in the opening chapter, she is very much present throughout the book, through flashbacks and memories of other characters, and through her continued influence on their lives. A thought provoking character study on sexual identity, marriage and family, and self-authenticity.
Torrey Grennan
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I received this as a Goodreads giveaway.

I cried hard ugly tears repeatedly reading this one. It was a good read.
Viga Boland
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On Burning Mirrors by Jamie Klinger-Krebs is, essentially, a love story. But what a complex love story! The person at the center of this sensitively told love story is Jules, an arts and entertainment columnist, mother to six-year-old Jillian, wife to the good, but insecure ex-alcoholic, Will, and the part-time lover of a lesbian singer/songwriter, Erin. The potential for pain and hurt is huge if Will ever finds out about Jules and Erin. Both women are suffering with many issues from their pasts ...more
Alison Hine
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most. Unreliable. Narrator. Ever.

An interesting and uncommon storytelling device is to have a narrator whose telling of the story is unreliable. That is, their perception and/or description of events, communications, emotions, and so forth is not consistent with the reality of the other characters in the story.

Well, in this story, the narrator is unreliable beyond imagination. In the end, virtually nothing she has conveyed about herself, her experiences, or the people around her turns out to be
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Charlotte Brackett
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Jill Hendrix Gilmer
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this complimentary book through a promotion which I appreciate as I love to read and am interested in a variety of genres. This is a quick easy read. A few times I got confused as to the timeline of events as it went back and forth with present and past. I could not relate to any of the characters and frankly, disliked all of them; however, I don't consider that a big negative because that means the writer has done a good job of developing the character. The biggest obstacle I had wit ...more
Morgan
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow is all I can say about this book. It pulled me in from the opening chapter and I couldn't put it down! Without spoiling much, this is both a set of love stories but also about figuring out who you are with and without the one you love. It's bittersweet, tragic, and even difficult at times, but I can honestly say I haven't read a story quite like it before. That said, it did drag a bit towards the very end and I was put off by a particular event I could see coming a mile away yet hoped the au ...more
Lizcouture
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank You Good Reads Giveaways for a copy of On Burning Mirrors by Jamie Klinger-Krebs.

Jules Kanter is married to Will and together they have a daughter Jillian but Jules is having an affair with an woman Erin, a part time musician, bartender, and cocaine addict. Erin is hopelessly in love with Jules. While leaving Erin's place, Jules dies instantly in a car accident.

Will comes to learn of the affair by watching a video and text messages on his wife's cell phone. The story bounces back n forth
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Bev
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-read
Jules Kanter is a journalist, wife, and mother. She has an affair which torments her so much that she puts her feelings in writing. Jules dies without having a chance to explain her writings to any one, not her husband, Wil or the woman she had an affair with, Erin. Wil finds the writings and the story she wrote about Erin. Erin knows nothing of this. Wil tracks down Erin and together they come to find out what Jules meant to them both. This is a very thought provoking story. I enjoyed it very m ...more
Wendell Hennan
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant story of a married woman, newspaper columnist, Jules, who denied her sexuality for all of her life until meeting a singer/bartender lesbian, Erin. Their attraction strengthens until it becomes sexual, each of them breaks it off several times out of frustration of the double life led by the married woman. Then she is killed in a traffic accident and soon after, her writings and phone texts and pictures are discovered by her shattered husband, Will. Well written, descriptive of the fee ...more
Kessi
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Thought-provoking and intriguing. The characters, Jules, Erin and Will are sympathetic and I felt so sorry for each one. All having to come to terms with their past one way or another. Well-crafted with showing and not telling. I was wondering how the author would unscramble the complex situations the characters were in. I was pleased about the ending. There was hope for new beginnings.
DR
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author made me cringe when Will went in search of Erin. Two people, husband & female lover, equally torn asunder by the death of Jules. Each chapter a view into the woman loved by two very different and broken people. Jules coming to accept herself as she and Erin fell in love and at the same time realizing she and Will would always have their daughter. I did not like Will inviting Erin to the house to read Jules letter and article. DID NOT! The ending was satisfying. ...more
isa Simonet
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jules is married to Will and have a daughter Jillian but Jules is having an affair with a woman Erin, a part time musician and bartender. Jules dies suddenly...
The memories of Jules will be done via her writings and the contents of are on her mobile phone.
It is a book full of love, where forgiveness is in balance. Very good book, it’s not a romance, but it’s a must read.
Anna Koetter
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome, thought provoking, rich, recommended

I had never read anything of this author before this but I am so glad I found this story. I would read anything she wrote now. It has taken some time to write this because I could never do this book justice. The subject line says it all and so much more.
Mariah
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I received this book as part of a goodreads giveaway and didn’t really have any expectations. Pieces of it actually kinda ripped my heart out. It was a good story and the end of it really kinda had me shook.
Linda Cassara
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sensitive subject well written

I liked the characters and thought they were developed well by the author. I thought the book was very believable. The subject of homosexuality was handled with honesty and sensitivity. The love that the characters had for each other and how they expressed that love was what made the book one that I could not put down.
Sarah Fernandes
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprising read.

I honestly haven't read a book like this. I feel this book is certainly ahead of its times. To love twice and in such different ways is certainly a gift of a lifetime. I look forward to more such revolutionary themes from this author.
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Jamie Klinger-Krebs is an author, designer and marketing professional. Her nearly 20-year writing career includes trade publications, magazines, newspapers, two novels and one very snarky blog. As a self-described nerd, you can usually find Jamie with her nose in a book or tapping away on a computer. But, when she’s not feeding her brain, you just might find her out on the water paddle boarding wi ...more

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