Saturday, 2 June 2012

An Affair of Love by S. Anne Gardner

Blayne’s mother, Abigail Anberville had married Arthur Aston-Carlyle when Blayne was just four years old and her brother Chaz was seven. Two years later their half sister Diana was born. Now after over thirty years, Blayne is hearing for the first time that her step father had sired another daughter, Gabriella. Worse still, he expects Blayne to go and bring her to him. Arthur is dying and wants to make amends. Blayne is horrified, but knows she must do as he asks.

Gabriella Matheson is married with two children. She has no idea of the secrets her mother has hidden all these years. So, she gets a tremendous shock when Blayne turns up on her doorstep and tells her that her life has been a lie. Even more disturbing is the fact that there is an immediate and explosive attraction between Blayne and Gabriella. An attraction that won’t be denied. But at what cost and who will suffer?

This book has a really good storyline. Although it follows the tried and tested format that a lot of lesbian books follow, ‘girl meets girl, girl loves and loses girl, girl gets girl again’, this book is far from run of the mill.

The characters are strong and well developed. Blayne appears to be the strong and untouchable head of her step father’s company, until she’s brought to her knees by a tiny four letter word, love. Gabriella is also strong, but in a different way to Blayne. Together the two women could be dynamite, apart they are damp squibs. Along with the two main characters, the supporting cast of characters are essential to enhance and progress the story. Some of the characters are not very nice to know, I felt myself getting quite annoyed with them.

There are a lot of twists and turns throughout the book. Also a lot of angst and passion. Lots of reasons why Blayne and Gabriella should not be together. Lots of reasons why they should. This is a page turner right the way through and once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I simply had to know what happened.

One thing I will say about this book, it does tend to hop about a bit, but it doesn’t spoil the story and is easy to follow. So, if you want a nice beach read, with lots of excitement, this book will hit the spot.

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