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Strange Bedfellows (The Strange Bedfellows Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 15, 2011
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Q. Kelly lives in Virginia, where she is a writer and an editor. She also has a master's degree in deaf education. In her free time, she hikes and savors frappuccinos.
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Kelly's command of believable dialog, interior and exterior, gave this story an interesting and complex texture varied to accommodate the point-of-view of the character speaking. Her transitions between interior and exterior dialog were smooth and unobtrusive and seemed to come at points where one would think, "Oh dear! What's the response to this going to be?"
Although the characters are drawn together by cold hard cash in search of a worthy recipient, I thought the secondary story of the two main women's simpatico over their personal histories involving a lost child was a bit forced, and too coincidental to be fully believable. But, once one accepted that as the characters' "soul mate" connection, the secondary stories were good. The character of the young girl, estranged daughter of one of the main characters, was wonderfully drawn. Perfect tempo, perfect teenage use of language and perfect mindset of said teen. I can't help but think Kelly has a secondary, or parallel, career offshoot in the world of YA, especially GLBT YA.
The formatting was perfect, the book is readable on multiple formats, and the cover was perfect for the novel. There was only that one earlier mentioned bit of plot manipulation, but even that does not keep this from being a very good read. Although that one item kept the book from being a full-on five star, for me, I can also say Kelly's efforts are edging deliciously close to that fifth star, and in so doing, upping the anticipation ante for her next book.
I think Ms Kelly is talented, creative and hard-working. I also think she has it in her to do better. This story, in terms of its content and textuality, could have sustained twice the length. That is, this novel would have been enriched with more explication of the characters' external dilemmas and internal struggles; for example, more depth and closer attention to detail in crafting the growing bond between Elena and Frances, more interaction between Elena and her mother and between Victoria and her father, between Frances and her parents; most importantly, especially between Frances and Elena. I also think the novel would benefit from more scene setting. For instance, having never stayed in a Howard Johnson I had no context provided and so some of the subtleties of the shift from motel to home were probably lost. I would also have enjoyed myself more if Ms Kelly had devoted more attention to the physicality of the growing sexual tension and the sex.
I'm being very, very picky. This is a really good book, worth buying. I was up 'til the wee hours coz I couldn't stop reading it once I'd begun - the first, second and every time. In fact, this one has become one of my all-time favourites.
How about revising/expanding this one, Ms Kelly, perhaps a 2nd edition? I'd buy it! Better still, how about a sequel?? I'd LOVE that!
Q. Kelly takes the reader from the first "hello" to the final "I love you" and builds an intriguing story all the way through. You learn about Elena's heart-breaking loss of her son and her struggles with her friends. You also learn of Frances' struggle to accept herself and to move away from the anti-gay organization she led and also about her desire to find her daughter which has been missing for many years.
Q. Kelly is an amazing author and I can't wait to read her future works.