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Awake Unto Me by [Knowles, Kathleen]
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About the Author

Kathleen Knowles grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has lived in San Francisco for more than thirty years. She finds the city’s combination of history, natural beauty, and multicultural diversity inspiring and endlessly fascinating.

Other than writing, she loves music of all kinds, walking, bicycling, and stamp collecting. LGBT history and politics have commanded her attention for many years, starting with her first Pride march in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1978. She and her partner were married in July, 2008, and live atop one of San Francisco’s many hills with their three pets. She works as a health and safety specialist at the University of California, San Francisco.

She has written short stories, essays, and fan fiction. Awake Unto Me is her first published work.

Product Details

  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QP7BUE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,752 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
It's almost the turn of the century in San Francisco when Kerry O'Shea and Beth Hammond meet. Kerry's a wharf rat - the daughter of a whore and a con man - who helps her father crimp sailors. Beth is the daughter of shopkeepers who think she should be seen and not heard. Kerry moves in with Dr. Addison Grant and his wife Laura after her father dies because Dr. Grant made her father a promise years before. Beth leaves home to become a nurse after she sees the power they can wield. Kerry and Beth meet at a party thrown by the Grants for the graduating nursing students. For Kerry, it's love at first sight and Beth feels she may have made a friend for life. Life's events bring them closer together and farther apart over and over, but can they make it work together?

Awake Unto Me is a beautiful story of unexpected love triumphing over adversity and tragedy. I loved Kerry and her no-nonsense attitude and ability to stand up for herself. Growing up on the Barbary Coast she had to learn independence and strength from the earliest age. Her "family" was colorful, garish, and helped school her in the grittiness of real life. Beth's family, on the other hand, was stodgy, old-fashioned, and insular. Even though they had opposite upbringings, the feelings they share for each other are identical. Addison Grant was very supportive in a hands-off kind of way, but his wife Laura was a scheming brat. I seriously did not like her at all. Ms. Knowles has obviously and thoroughly researched life in San Francisco in the 1800/1900's. Exceptional writing and excellent characters fill Awake Unto Me with true emotion.
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What a charmer! This debut novel is a genuine stunner that takes you back in time when love between any two people was difficult at best---but between two women it was nearly impossible! Knowles draws you in and doesn't let go through the full and fascinating development of her main characters, a credible plotline and a San Francisco atmospheric triumph! This is a page turner because the main characters are so endearing, so real and yet so fresh and natural--you really WANT them to be happy. As a writer of an historical novel myself (also set partially in San Francisco at about the same time in history (1890s), I can tell you that Knowles completely nails it with her historical realism. She captures The Palace Hotel, Golden Gate Park, The Barbary Coast, the Sutro Baths and the ordinary neighborhoods and streets of this turn-of-the century city by the Bay with stunning, exhilarating accuracy. It was a treat to see another writer's obvious love and caring about the historical times that formed the matrix of her story.

Do yourself a favor---get this book for Christmas, and while you're at it, buy a couple more for friends because be they Gay or Straight, they are going to enjoy this especially sweet and loving narrative about a subject that has melted hearts since time immemorial: True love.

Bravo Kathleen Knowles, bravo!
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This story had an interesting feel to it. The first thing I liked was the time frame. It was set in the early 20th century and tells the story of two women, Kerry and Beth, who come from completely different backgrounds. The pain that the two women share is the same. They both experienced abuse in their childhood that left deep scars. Both women are desperate to find love, but are afraid to show their true feelings. I felt the feelings of both women as I read. I could relate to Beth.

The women share a common friend who encourages them to have a friendship. At the same time he is the glue that holds everyone together, as his wife despises both women. Here I felt this woman’s jealousy over both Beth and Kerry. The vibe was very intense during these scenes.

I loved how the romance was built over the course of the story. The sex is incredible. I could feel the chemistry between the lovers as well as their love for each other. I love stories that have an awesome plot with a strong romance.

I loved how the author developed the characters. They were both complex women with feelings, intellect, and soulful. Despite the time frame, both women were able to get really good jobs in industries that were dominated by men. Both, too, were respected for their work! One woman was even encouraged to continue with her studies. I give these women kudos again for all of this. These two women have given me inspiration to never give up on my dreams as anything is possible, despite the outside circumstances.

This book was phenomenal and is very heartwarming. I recommend that you add
Awake Unto Me to your reading list. Five stars.
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Kerry O'Shea's mother died when she was born. Kerry grew up on the Barbary Coast of San Francisco, living her young life among prostitutes at the Grey Dog saloon. Kerry's father, Jack does his best to do right by her, but he's a con man and a gambler and doesn't set the best example for a young girl.

After Jack dies, Kerry goes to live with Dr Addison Grant, an acquaintance of her father's, and his prim and proper wife, Laura. Kerry is determined to make a better life for herself. She begins work at the Palace Hotel as a dishwasher. After a great battle of wits, she works her way up to become a cook.

Beth Hammond's life hasn't been easy. She grew up with unsupportive parents, her father was a domineering man, and seemed to think Beth should work all hours in his store. All Beth can think about is escaping and studying nursing. Which eventually she is able to do.

Kerry and Beth first meet at the home of Addison and Laura. For Kerry, it is love at first sight. But Kerry has known for years she prefers women. What will Kerry do? Will Kerry trust that Beth won't run away if she tells her how she feels? Beth, although she has strong feelings for Kerry, has no idea why or what it means. Beth is also hiding a dark secret, which if she divulges, could lose her Kerry's friendship forever. What will Beth do? Will Beth trust Kerry?

This is a wonderfully well written debut book. It doesn't read like a debut book. Now and then I read a debut book and it is so good, I find it hard to believe the author hasn't published before. This is one of those books.

The book is set in San Francisco and the story begins in 1880. It is quite obvious that Kathleen Knowles has done extensive research into the history of turn of the century San Francisco, for this book.
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