- Paperback: 247 pages
- Publisher: Harrington Park Pr (August 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560232234
- ISBN-13: 978-1560232230
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,943,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Sexually Explosive Tale of Coming of Age and Coming to Terms with Life; A compulsively readable, erotically charged novel filled with vivid, delectable characters and some of the most sizzling scenes in lesbian literature. In school, Anne and Gallagher shared a friendship that came dangerously close to a relationship, but Gallagher insisted she could never date a woman. Now studying drama at university, Anne is starting to feel the same raw desire for the alluring, provocative Rae Sheldon. Under Rae's seductive spell, Anne falls into a world of love, sizzling passion and ultimate betrayal. Eighteen years later, Anne is a successfully lawyer at a top law firm, embroiled in the highest-profile and most sinister case of her career. Is it a coincidence that Rae is suddenly back in her life, now that Gallagher is about to get married and Anne has just set her sights on someone new. With old loves and dormant desires rekindled, Anne must decide what each of these women is offering her - and whether or not she dares take it!
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Anne's not a novice when it comes to Sapphic leanings, but these brief interludes with Gallagher, her brooding, dark-eyed high school friend, spark something inside her she can't, or rather, won't acknowledge. Once in college, however, the free wheeling Rae Sheldon, an enigmatic and provocative classmate, arouses those same feelings. When sexy Rae ignites those long-suppressed feelings, Anne explodes on a journey of sexual exploration and discovery of her true self.
Amidst the angst of denial, acceptance, heightened libidos, and first-time loves, Anne's character simply shines, giving the reader a feeling of "yeah, I know how that feels..." as she describes the wondering, heart-pounding moments she has with Gallagher, the frenzied heat of making out in a car with Rae, the heartbreak of betrayal, and ultimate loss of innocence.
By the time "The Nineties" roll around however, Anne has become a boring, cardboard character; the token lesbian, ball-bustin' bee-otch at a law firm, resembling many politically correct women I've met throughout the Nineties. A rising star, she's known for her visceral guttings of the opponent and pathetic personal life. This time around a highly explosive legal case, along with the resurfacing of Rae Sheldon, and continued presence of Gallagher, promises to bring some mystery, intrigue, and rekindled passion into her life. Sadly, that too becomes predictable and unremarkable. When the villain is the legal case is inadvertently revealed prematurely, at least to this reader, the story becomes a letdown and would have been quite disappointing if not for the continuing storyline of Anne, Rae, and Gallagher. Even then, one was left wanting to see more of what shaped these three--who they were today, what kind of people had they become, what forces shaped the decisions they made to become those people--and definitely more of dark, brooding Gallagher. The leap in logic, for Anne from theater to law, was a bit hard to swallow, and deep-souled Gallagher as a corporate-raiding investment banker was even harder. Their careers just didn't fit their previously crafted personalities at all. Rae Sheldon was the only one who seemed to fit the role of a smarmy TV journalist pretty well--willing to do anything to get what she wants no matter what.
While "The Seventies" half of To The Edge was brilliant and touching, "The Nineties" was unfortunately reminiscent of the real thing--a bit too predictable, too politically correct, and shallow for my taste. Cameron Abbott would have been better off leaving her characters in the past.
Meet Anne Henderson. Anne is the token lesbian in her high powered law firm, a workaholic, and religious swimmer. Why is a woman so charismatic and good looking living alone in a Manhattan apartment with her requisite cat?
We soon meet Anne as a college student in the 70s. She's not the future lawyer we're introduced to in the beginning of the novel. In fact, she's a theater major with an equally stunning/blonde boyfriend. My, how college changes people!
Anne isn't all that she seems. She had an unorthodox friendship with a younger woman in high school. The boundaries of that relationship were blurred on several occassions and Anne still struggles with her feelings about Gallagher.
Anne is enrolled in a Women's Studies class and becomes enthralled with fellow student Rae Sheldon. Soon the two women are moving way past flirtation...and after graduation hit Europe together. Anne ends up returning to America, alone and heartbroken.
Flash forward to the 90s again. Anne is being forced to mentor a senior law student as a recruiting tool by her firm. Frankly, Anne would rather have a root canal. Due to forces out of her control she is saddled with a second "little sister" law student. Rachel Evans is more stunning than Rae Sheldon ever dreamed of being. She also seems equally enchanted with Anne.
Anne is still great friends with Gallagher. They never really talk of those blurred encounters they had as teenagers. Gallagher is now a high powered banker and engaged to a man who's jealous of her career and her friendship with Anne.
Mixed into this wonderful story is a legal mystery that equals John Grisham. Be prepared for lots of legalise (Cameron Abbott is a praticing lawyer) but it's managable for us non lawyer types. Anne is soon flying across the country to handle a multimillion dollar lawsuit and her high school reunion (cue the root canal again). In the midst of it all Gallagher insists on talking to Anne in private at some time during the reunion.
I loved this book and still find myself going back and reading it from time to time. My only regret is that we don't get to spend much time reading about Anne and her eventual soulmate! I guess what's left to the imagination is better than the explicit description but this reader would have loved more details!
I also recommend Cameron Abbot's other novel...although this one is still my favorite!