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Ricochet In Time Paperback – November 18, 2003
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"Considered one of the best authors of modern lesbian fiction, her work--part action, part drama, and part romance--gleefully defies categorization." -- Lavender Magazine, September 2002
"Lori Lake is one of the best novelists working in the field of lesbian fiction today." -- Midwest Book Review, August 2002 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Dear Readers, Thank you for your support of my writing. Happy Reading! Lori L. Lake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I really enjoyed it and it was an easy read...
The characters are real and interesting. Ricochet is a must have for your collection!
Ricochet In Time dealt with a subject that I personally have troubles understanding - hate crimes. I was terribly moved by the story of Danielle Corbett. Lori takes us from that fateful day that started out as a peaceful drive in the country for Dani and Meg, and turns into a nightmare at the hands of a person so full of hate and intolerance that he thinks nothing of mowing these people down on a deserted road and leaving them for dead.
This story follows the results of this person's actions; how Dani comes to terms with the loss of Meg, and her inability to allow people to help her when she needs them the most.
There are some very strong characters in this story. Right from Dani down to the three strangers (Grace, Ruth and spunky Estelline) that are willing to help Dani heal both physically and mentally from the accident that brought them together, the criminal trial and from the events in her past that prevent Dani from letting anyone get close to her emotionally before feeling the need to run away.
I can't say enough about how good an author I think Lori Lake is. I found this book to be very thought provoking and even long after having read the last word, I find myself thinking back to how this book had touched on so many emotions. I laughed, I definitely cried, but mostly it made me think about the world around me and appreciate that there are far more tolerant and caring people out there and that maybe someday we won't have to experience firsthand or read about how someone was harmed or bullied for being perceived as "different". We all deserve to love and be loved.
If you haven't read Lori's books yet, you are really missing out. I highly recommend them all.
Having said that, there is much in this book that felt like preaching to the choir. Straight America probably won't read it (which is a pity) and I had to fight the urge to skip ahead when what was happening seemed like an all-too-common or obvious consequence.
Nevertheless, this was an inventive tale and I enjoyed it. It just didn't move me to the heights I have come to expect from the top lesbian romance writers. I think that Gun Shy is the better book, but by all means, read them both! Lake has made an incredibly strong start as a writer and if you don't read them now you'll just want to read them later so you can see where it all began.
Pet peeve message: Every time a lead character is referred to by a physical characteristic it grates on me like fingernails on a chalkboard. "The blonde walked away" or "The tall woman frowned." That's the kind of reference that ought to be reserved for a nameless walk-on, not the leads! I realize now that this is an uber fiction convention, but that doesn't make it less irritating. It' the only aspect of the book that comes off amateurish.
The main thrust of this story is the aftermath of a hate crime, but it is so much more than that. Simply put, this is a story that will amuse, anger, sadden and grab you on so many levels, you'll be hooked.