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So when Sophie finds out that Nora has returned she hopes Nora’s stay is short The life she has built depends on itBut they both find that first love doesn’t fade easily Memories come to light passion ignites and old feelings resurface As the forces of family and intolerance that once tore them apart begin to reemerge they realize some things may never change unless they demand it. I could not put this book down It tells a truly beautiful and authentic love story that is fantastically written It has just the right amount of heat to be HOT but not graphic This would be a great access point for someone who hasn t read a ueer love story before but is cool with it As a ueer writer of ueer fiction myself I think it respects our community fantastically and with perfect insight that loves stories are just love stories regardless of the characters plumbing Stop reading my review and read this

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True love never fades and old secrets never dieNora hasn’t looked back Not since she fled Texas to start a new life Away from her father’s volatile temper and the ever watchful gaze of her claustrophobically conservative small town Nora has freed herself She can live and love however she wants The only problem is that she also left behind the one woman she can’t forget Now trage. This chick lit is gay 3

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Dy calls her back home to confront her past and reconcile her futureSophie seems to have everything a wonderful daughter a successful husband and a rewarding career Yet underneath that perfection lies an explosive secret She still yearns for Nora her best friend and first love despite all the years between them Keeping her true self hidden hasn’t been easy but it’s been necessary. WHY CAN T UEER WOMEN BE ALLOWED JOYIf you ask a reader what a romance is you re likely to get a few different answers But most likely the common thread will be something along the official definition from Romance Writers of America a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending This is a broad description and covers a variety of stories But not every book with a central love story and a happy ending is going to feel like a romance because I d add one third element optimism In a romance novel the characters and readers should have a hopeful outlook on the relationship and the final outcome of their journey Often I ll describe romance novels as taking place in a shared fantasy between the characters author and reader where everything is just a little bit easier and rose colored Just a smidgeRespectfully The Secret of You and Me is one of the darkest most depressing romances I ve ever read Note Melissa Lenhardt describes this as women s fiction but at its core this book is still a romance novel albeit a fucking depressing one While there is a love story and a Happily Ever After this book is basically 400 pages of two closeted ueer women one a lesbian one bisexual being lambasted by the extreme ignorance and homophobia of small town evangelical Texas Republicans Honestly this book is less a story about two women falling in love and a story about two women deciding whether or not they can risk coming out in their hyper conservative communityThis book is exhaustingIs bigotry a real obstacle many LGBT couples face Absolutely Do I necessarily want to read an entire book where the main characters are verbally and physically abused manipulated ostracized called every slur in the book and live in daily fear of the repercussions should anyone learn of their sexualities Nope This is a marathon of a read that forces readers to walk alongside Sophie and and Nora as they are beat down over and over and over On every page there is pain Towards the end of the book when Sophie does the thing she s most scared of and comes out to her daughter the daughter s immediate reaction is to react with disgust and loathing and call her a dyke That was the moment when I said fuck this misery porn Whatever support the protagonists have is won only after an intense battle against hatred It s too muchI m not saying these subjects shouldn t be in fiction They should However I think there are better ways to show the real world implications of bigotry than drowning your characters in endless misery There is no joy in The Secret of You and Me it s all one long clusterfuck of fear and alienation and reprisal On the page you never see Nora and Sophie interacting together without a dark cloud hanging over their heads at no point does the author show them so much as hold hands without fear of discovery or blowback A Happy Ending is lovelybut where were the soft tender moments between the main characters Why couldn t Lenhardt give them a chance to be open with each other without immediately chasing after them with the stick of homophobia WhyAnd I have to wonder is this what makes the book women s fiction Does inflicting misery after misery upon your protagonists raise the book up from the lowly level of mere romance to something elite It s no secret that romance is generally the punching bag of the fiction world I ll just say that there is nothing inherently worthy in stories of tragedy than in stories of empowerment and happiness Especially when we re dealing with characters who are marginalized in some wayAlongside thatthe author seems to have made purposeful narrative choices that serve only to enhance Nora and Sophie s difficulties For instance this book takes place in 2013 pre Obergefell so even when they re together forever they know they can t get married Why do that Why did the author purposefully set her story in a time before marriage euality There was no purpose Just another way for Nora and Sophie to feel that their relationship was doomed to fail another obstacle to overcomeThere are better ways to handle a story about two closeted women reconnecting after twenty years apart Instead of focusing on the blowback from bigoted neighbors and relatives Lenhardt could have centered the love and connection and happiness her protagonists brought to each other s lives even after so long apart and so many misunderstandings Instead what we got with this book is an endless train of abuses endured and injuries catalogued A litany of misfortune that s meant to telegraph how worthy their happiness is when it s finally attainedIf you re going to write about ueer women falling in love and struggling to come out in small town America perhaps consider that by showing the process as a horribly painful thing where misery is certain to follow all you do is reinforce the narrative that there is no joy for LGBT folk Just because Nora and Sophie got together in the end doesn t prove that love conuers all instead it felt like a war of attrition and small defeats won only in some ways and through great sacrifice The Secret of You and Me is honestly a book that the word triggered was made for While never once condoning homophobia by giving bigotry such a huge platform for all 400 pages of this book Lenhardt merely served to give ignorant hateful people a voiceThis is not a book about ueer women finding love it s a book about hatred and violence through the eyes of those who are oppressedAs far as romances go it s pretty terrible Blog Review Database Twitter Instagram Goodreads


10 thoughts on “The Secret of You and Me

  1. says:

    This chick lit is gay 3

  2. says:

    To My ReadersThe Secret of You and Me is my first Women’s Fiction novel It’s a love story about two women Nora Noakes and Sophie Russell who were torn apart in their youth by prejudice and hate and now two decades later after life has taken them in very different directions are given a second chance to find love when an unexpected tragedy brings them back togetherThe Secret of You and Me is all about look

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    My review on my website wwwbookread2daywordpresscom Twitter bookread2dayI have loved reading every single page of The Secret of You and Me with

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    Nora returns to her childhood home after eighteen years for her father’s funeral She was sent away from her family when she was caught in bed with her best friend SophieSophie is now married to Charlie who used to be Nora’s boyfriend and has a daughter Logan When Sophie sees Nora again all her old feelings for her return This is such a beautifully written love story The turmoil of Sophie living a lie and trying to hide her feelings f

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    I stared at our hands remembering all the times they’d been joined gripping each other the panting breaths the sweat slicked bodi

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    WHY CAN'T UEER WOMEN BE ALLOWED JOY?If you ask a reader what a “romance” is you’re likely to get a few different answers But most likely the common thread will be something along the official definition from Romance

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    Nora has never looked back since leaving her home town She has come home now as her father has died She has to face ex boyfriend Charl

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    “We’d done everything together since we were ten years old I couldn’t imagine life any other way I’d never wanted to imagine

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    I could not put this book down It tells a truly beautiful and authentic love story that is fantastically written It has just the right amount of heat to be HOT but not graphic This would be a great access point for someone who hasn't read a ueer love story before but is cool with it As a ueer writer of ueer fiction myself I think it respects our community fantastically and with perfect insight that loves stories are just love stor

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    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko fiI received The Secret of You and Me by Melissa Lenhardt by Mills Boon The paperback publication date has been pushed for 29 October 2020 and I am looking forward to reading it This is the first LGBT romance novel published by Mills Boon