Reviews

Past the Eclipse

Author: Veronica Watts30633129

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Publication Date: 21 September 2016

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Diversity: LGBT characters (lesbian)

TW: cheating, suicide attempt (past, not MC), spousal abuse (past, not MC), parental homophobia (past)

Summary: Rachel’s life has become ingrained in the family she’s built with her wife of sixteen years. When she makes a terrible mistake, one she immediately regrets, it’s not something she can hide or lie about if she ever hopes to move past it.
Joanna has always been the rock, but in the wake of her partner’s betrayal she’s left adrift, wondering who she really is and how she’s supposed to move forward.

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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The book starts with Joanna and her daughter Dahlia on a camping holiday. Joanna’s wife Rachel is at home. Somebody had just told Dahlia at school that she and her family weren’t normal. This is especially hard to hear for Rachel, who has been kicked out by her homophobic parents when she was fifteen. Still over time they had built a happy life with accepting neighbour and good friends and a wonderful relationship.

Or so Joanna thought. When Rachel tells her that she slept with someone else, it’s a shock. This confession destroys her trust in Rachel. Now they have to figure out what they want to do in the future.

Joanna’s hurt feels realistic and their struggles to come to terms with that hurt do too. It was interesting to read about themes likes cheating and the aftermath of it.

I absolutely love Dahlia, she is honestly one of my favorite characters. At times she is a typical teenager, but you can always see how much she loves her parents and I’m happy to read a book about a lesbian family.

I would have liked a bit more focus on how Dahlia is dealing with it, after all she does not only struggle with the situation her mothers are in, but also with some prejudice at school. Sadly this wasn’t discussed much and the book mostly focused on Joanna and Rachel.

There were a couple of typos, but I think they will be fixed before the book is released, so I’m not really counting them.

I enjoyed that we got to know their family life in detail, but at times I felt that the book was too focused on descriptions and dialogue was lacking a bit. After a while it also felt a bit dragged out.

The book was not amazing, but it was still nice to read and I quite enjoyed it.

Why I read it: A story about a lesbian family dealing with infidelity? That sounded interesting, and even though I’m not always a fan of cheating as plot point I still enjoyed this story.

Do I recommend it: If you want to read about a lesbian family dealing not with overt homophobia, but other relationship troubles, this is the book for you. It was still nice to read, despite it’s problems.

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