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It's Not My Favorite (The Lake Effect Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 31, 2013

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The Hutchinson sisters grew up under the piercing, pious stare of a preacher's wife. Plagued by her ever-disappointed refrain, "Well, it's not my favorite." Their search to find their own way in the world has not been a screaming success.
   Gwenn is a good girl, a responsible girl... a miserable girl. Her steady diet of vivid fantasies is the only part of her life she enjoys. She daydreams of new parents, a more exciting job and an actual love life. She struggles to run a business as The Organizer, while she stacks relationship carcasses in the closet of her own completely unorganized life. Her only real friend is her younger sister, Rachel.
   Rachel is outgoing, risqué and happily gay. The only people who don't know this little secret are her judgmental parents, Pastor Ed and Shirley. Rachel struggles mightily to dodge her mother's constant attempts to set her up with "nice Christian boys"; while holding down a job at the bakery and keeping up with her rock-star girlfriend!
   Gwenn uncovers a photo that brings her imaginary world careening into reality. She's forced to ask herself if wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory is the answer she's been seeking or a grand delusion.
   Break-ups, meltdowns, family secrets, wild nights and finally a journey of self-discovery to exotic New Zealand keep Gwenn and Rachel stumbling toward independence.
   So grab your parka and join the Hutchinson girls, as they experience the Lake Effect in Duluth, Minnesota!

About the Author

Rue is an award-winning author who graduated from Pepperdine University in Southern California with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches' pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Lake Effect Series
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sittin' On A Goldmine Productions LLC; 1 edition (October 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986062766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986062766
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,113,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To categorize this novel in the 'Lesbian Romance' genre is a misleading. This is by all intents and purposes a very hertero romance. It belongs that that sub category. Were there lesbians in it? Yes. The protagonists sister. Was there romance related to her? No. Not in the slightest. To even put this anywhere close to lesfic is disingenuous at best. Even the cover is misleading. Unless it's put in the light that it's the two sisters on it. But if I look down at a book in a Lesfic section and see that?

Anyway. It's a descent read all things considered. I just don't like to be deceived.
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It's Not My Favorite is certainly not one of my favorites. I loved the sound of this one from the description, but it's really not anything like that. Gwenn and Rachel are sisters and very close, and they've both had to deal with their born again Christian parents trying to direct their lives. Mostly, their mother criticizes everything about them and constantly tries to hook them up with nice Christian boys. Well, Gwenn isn't interested in anyone from church and Rachel is a lesbian (not that her parents know that). Then Gwenn finds a picture that leads her to the man who might be what's missing from her life.

Sadly, it became clear early on that It's Not My Favorite was not going to be a story about both sisters finding love and dealing with their mother. It's very much Gwenn's story and honestly, other than the awkwardness at the beginning, it's not that interesting. Rachel on the other hand has a break-up, rebound, make-up, and coming out all crammed into maybe five out of fifty chapters! That is not fair especially since she's given half of the description! She's very much a side character and not the main character.

It's Not My Favorite did start off pretty great. Gwenn has never felt like she fits in her family, so when she thinks her mother may have had an affair around the time of her conception, she's desperate to find the truth. Of course this means that she originally thought the love interest was her father! Talk about awkward! But then she takes off to New Zealand to get herself together and Daniel stalks her across the world. That is not okay! They had only met twice: once when she asked if he's her father and then again for a DNA test. But he's in love with her and has to find her and bring her home! Creepy!
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This book is mis-categorized, it is not a Lesbian romance but instead is the story of two sisters (one of whom happens to be gay) and how their life was shaped by their fanatical born again parents. The main story was about the hetero sister, the lesbian sister was just a small sub-plot.

It was funny to read, especially how the parents were so wacko and how the author made fun of their Minnesota accents. But I started reading it because it was categorized as a lesbian romance and instead I got to read endlessly about hetero sex, YUCK! I got the book for free and will not pay for the next 2 books in the series, if they are available for free I might read them.

If every book with an LGBT character is going to be automatically classified as an LGBT novel then you have A LOT of re-classifying to do!
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Two sisters trying to find love-
Sometimes too much info is just too much. So much writing was unnecessary. I don't think they even introduced Daniel until chapter 9 or 10.... The story just rambled; too many details, too much completely useless information. There really wasn't clear focus or direction.
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This was such a joy to read! I fell in love with all of the characters, even the secondary characters could have stories all their own. There was such a visual vividness that was painted with the words I felt like I could see everything that the author wanted me to see, truly inspiring and makes me want to go to the places described. I laughed, got angry, felt all the emotions that ran through the characters which is exactly what a story should do- make you feel. I can't wait for this awesome author to give us more! Thank you Rue- for taking me on an adventure :)
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I adored It's Not My Favorite! It starts off with a bang, and I was hooked right from the very start! This book definitely pulled me in. There are several dynamics in this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Everything worked together really well and created a lasting impression long after I finished reading this one.

The characters, y'all. They are rich and detailed. I'm a huge character person, and I couldn't get enough of these characters. The development is brilliant and I felt like I got to know all of the characters. Rachel was my favorite, and I really bonded with her!

I hope that Rue writes more. I absolutely loved her writing and It's Not My Favorite. It allows you to experience the characters and story so well. This is a wonderful contemporary that you won't regret giving a chance to!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
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This is my first book by this author and man oh man it is not going to be my last that is for sure. I was not sure if i would like it or not from the blurb but it took me two pages and I was HOOKED. Not only that I am so hooked I fixing to go and grab the next book in the series based on the page and half except left at the end of this book.

This book is the story of two sisters raised by extreme Christian parents. You know the kind that think everything you do is wrong and not "Christ like". Can't wear pants. They need to find you the perfect husband, well the problem with that is one of the sisters is gay and of course she has not told her parents. Rachel is living with her girlfriend Annie and she has a bakery. Gwenn owns a company called The Organizer. She goes to homes and offices and organizes their spaces. Because she is so well at organizing her parents have help them everytime they move which is every couple years (maybe even months). During their last move Gwenn found pictures of her mom in front of some artwork that gave Gwenn reason to believe she was not her father's daughter. This is not far from her own mind as she looks nothing like her sister and she has always thought maybe something weird was going on.

In looking for the artist who signed the pictures she meets Daniel. Their journey together is both funny at times and also extremely hot too.
Then we have Rachel and Annie 's story... it is not as heavy a story in this book and I hope that in one of the other books in this series we get more of their story.
Good story with depth.
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