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Goslyn County Paperback – November 21, 2015
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When you first pick up Goslyn County, you’ll note the cover isn’t flashy. There are no sexy women on the cover. Nothing that screams it’s a book focusing around the love that blooms between two lesbians.
What you see is a detective’s badge.
Maybe A.M. McKnight’s intention was to let our imaginations conjure up how we think Olivia and Maureen would look or maybe she wanted the readers to buy the book because it was a crime story (first) with a love story attached.
All I can say is …thank goodness for book summaries because without it I wouldn’t know it had a same sex coupling in it.
Those of us who look towards a cover first, seeking a lesbian story, I think they might pass on it, unbeknownst to its content. That’s why I always read the back cover.
The first thing I loved about McKnight’s story, Goslyn County, was the countless strong women gracing the pages. Brains, beauty, brawn – her characters had it all and were respected members in their field of expertise and/or distinguished members of society. Take Ollie, she was a detective and taught math at the community college. Her mother, a retired teacher, was in Haiti helping to re-open schools devastated by Mother Nature. Lisa, her best friend, was a IT goddess and business owner. Gloria, Maureen’s sister, was also a business owner. I could go on but you get the idea. Smart, strong women — ideal role models for our youth.
In regards to the cases being investigated by Ollie and Maureen, the plot of the tax fraud and subplot of car cloning had its moments were I was totally engrossed into the unfolding action and other times where I felt the story had gone stale.
When the lull moments came about, McKnight would bring me back into the fold with their choice of date topics. And McKnight, if you are reading this, I will never be able to look at the Pillsbury Doughboy the same way again. (See page 147 for explanation)
Since this is a book revolving around two women falling in love, I must discuss my thoughts at the pairing. I liked they didn’t rush into sex. They waited until they were in love. When they finally consummated their relationship, they didn’t rip each other’s clothes off. They weren’t consumed with a fiery passion where they were frantically pawing at each other, starved for physical content. Like their courtship, they took their time — exploring one another. For me, the slow loving was more sensual, more erotic, than most “must have you now” sex scenes most authors seem to write.
Well done, A.M. Knight!!
Goslyn County has a lot going on and a lot of characters. As much as I struggled to keep track of who was who, I was in awe of the fact the author managed to do so without a single slip. Within the first third of the book readers are introduced to – Olivia Ann Winston, Pat Henly-Rice, Maureen, Grandma Rita May Jones, Bertrand Lewis, CJ (Calvin) Henry Jr, Detective Roland, Marcus, Malcolm Malley Henry JR, Ronnie, Harold Brooks, Lisa, Jackie, Carol Taylor, Chief Roy Anderson, Nicole Beal. Some of those dropped out of the mix and others joined the cast further on!
This story is told from multiple point-of-views, which isn’t surprising given the huge cast of characters. Initially, I struggled with the head-hopping, however around the middle of the story things seemed to settle down. Either that or I adapted to the authors writing style.
I really enjoyed the community feel to the story, and the fact most of the cast were mature people. So many books focus around younger people, it made for a pleasant change of pace.
Speaking of pace, at times there were huge info dumps which advanced the story, and at other times there was an abundance of unnecessary detail that bogged it down. For example, she crunched on a chip, she wiped her mouth, she handed over the bag of chips. With that said I realize other readers soak up those tidbits of information.
Our leading ladies are in their forties yet very cautious, almost shy, around one another so the romance is slow in building. The fact they have a misunderstanding which puts distance between them, something which seems to be a requirement in romance, doesn’t help advance their relationship. However, the wait was worth it. There are a couple of adult scenes which spiced up the pages, but didn’t overwhelm the story.
In summary, the story revolves around Olivia trying to uncover fraudulent acts. Along the way, we encounter some despicable characters and talk of drugs, meth, and alcoholism. And, a love affair blooms. Everything is tidied up in the end and will leave most readers sated.
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This is a slice-of-life novel, really, and I haven't read another lesbian romance that I would classify that way.Read more