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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bywater Books (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612940498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612940496
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Georgia Beers is a Lambda and Goldie award-winning author of lesbian fiction. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, she still lives there with her partner of twenty years, their two dogs and a cat. When not writing, she watches too much TV, reads voraciously, and invents new reasons not to work out. She is currently hard at work on her eleventh book. You can visit her and find out more at www.georgiabeers.com.

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This story rings true of relationships.
Annie
That would probably be the only downside to the format of the story.
VRKinase
This one, however, is one that I will certainly revisit some time.
M. E. Martin

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M Pickford on June 26, 2014
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Normally I'll read anything by Georgia Beers because she's a great writer. I don't even need to read the description, but that was a mistake this time. Had I known the book would span 23 years, I never would have bought it. It felt like it took 23 years to read it at times. It dragged on and had obvious plot points. She also reused a story line from one of her earlier books: a workaholic partner addicted to her cellphone oblivious to the younger woman making moves on her neglected partner. I appreciated that it did cover a married couple rather than just a couple falling in love, but the constant complaint about a partner working too much at a job she clearly hates without some sort of resolution earlier on wasn't realistic. Start your own business, lady. How hard is that?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VRKinase on May 29, 2014
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I definitely appreciate a different type of storyline romance. Ms. Beers takes her readers from Angie’s and Jillian’s first meeting to how they cope and grow through the different aspects of their changing relationship. It was particularly heart wrenching at one point because for a good 5 or 6 chapters, the reader is pretty aware of what is going to happen. You may not know the exact nature but you get a good sense of it. I also really appreciated the outlook Ms. Beers took with certain complications and resolutions regarding their relationship and understanding that it takes work.

My ONLY concern is that, I invested plenty of emotions into the characters and I think a few “resolutions” could have been flushed out more. That would probably be the only downside to the format of the story. You receive just enough snippets that add to the development, but not enough to be satisfied with some of the outcomes. You may be happy with some of the outcomes but it feels like some of them happened too fast.

I still loved it and it’s already in my re-read pile for the summer =)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Jiordano on June 23, 2014
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Very good read…wanted more of the story in-between the time periods, might have been a bit too much of a "leap" in between the years….the story seemed to end "abruptly"….but….maybe I just enjoyed the characters so much that I didn't want it to end so suddenly. Thanks for a really good story about a long term relationship.
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By Eh on July 22, 2014
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Ms Beers stretches her writing chops with Olive Oil and White Bread.

This is not another girl next door HEA romance. No, this is a story of life. The good, the bad, the happy and sad events that are far more reflective of our true lives and relationships than any girl meets girl fairy tale.
Scrape off the sugar coating of that HEA and we are faced with the challenge of making our relationships work. If there is a theme in this novel it is that successful relationships take work.Give and take and compromise all come into play in an successful coupling.

I read the story of Jillian and Angie as they weathered all the moments in their combined lives and I kept thinking that their relationship is reflective of all relationships whether straight or same sex. All couples go through many phases and stages in their lives together. How they handle the ups and downs thrown at them by an ever changing set of circumstances determines how much satisfaction each partner will derive from the relationship. Great food for thought.

I was also impressed once again by Beers effortless writing style. There are no dull or dry chapters filled with information the reader has to slog through to get to the good bits. The story moves as quickly as the historical moments in history it parallels. Olive Oil and White Bread is a hard book to put down.

An excellent read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Calhoun on May 27, 2014
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Georgia Beers never fails to please. I received OO & WB on the release date and read it over the long weekend. Once again Georgia pulls off a winner. You can really relate so easily to Jillian and Angie. The struggles of a long term relationship - you know you've been there too. The changes they both go through and the love that keeps them together through the years. I love that Georgia isn't afraid to go a new direction with her writing - she continues to bloom and we are all the better for it!!
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I have read most of her books and there were a few that I enjoyed but would not revisit. This one, however, is one that I will certainly revisit some time. Unlike one of the reviewers, I appreciated the development of the 20+ years. They seemed like a "real" couple who went through some difficult relationship challenges. I can recommend this book without reservations.
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By Lee on July 7, 2014
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Georgia Beers has done what so many authors who write about love and relationships aim to do...provide a realistic and engaging answer to the question, what happens after two people fall in love? I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed spending time with these characters. Bravo Georgia!
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Format: Paperback
Most lesbian novels are about people finding it difficult to move on after a terrible breakup. I found it refreshing Ms. Beers outlined what could occur during long-term relationship. Changes aren't necessarily noticed on a daily basis or even annually, but start sticking in one's craw and then it snowballs.

The handling of the ill-fated event was handled truly with a little separation, but it was nice to exhibit family intervention to help speed things along.

Does forgiveness come as easily... maybe not, but there is a chance. Everyone needs a reality check.

Good read!
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