Season of Love

Forever: Grand Central. Oct. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9781538706534. pap. $15.99. LGBT ROMANCE
DEBUT Queer Jewish artist Miriam Blum cut all ties with her family a decade ago and moved to Charleston, SC to escape her father’s emotional abuse. Unfortunately, that also meant breaking contact with her beloved aunt Cass. She always meant to go back to Christmasland, her aunt’s upstate NY Christmas tree farm, to make things right, but now Cass has died, and Miriam didn’t even know she’d been ill. When Miriam travels to Christmasland to sit shiva, she reconnects with her cousin Hannah and meets Noelle Northwood, the farm’s manager. Though the attraction is immediate and intense, it seems doomed from the start. Noelle hates Miriam for the way she disappeared when her family needed her while Miriam hates Noelle for taking Miriam’s place in the family. When Cass’s will is read, the three women find out that they’ve jointly inherited the failing farm, and they’ll have to put their disagreements aside to save it.
VERDICT This steamy contemporary f/f romance features likable flawed characters with rich, realistic backstories. Secondary characters are equally developed and highly entertaining, and the overall love story is by turns heartbreaking and delightful. Recommended for general purchase.
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