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‘Love Waits’ by Gerri Hill

‘Love Waits’ by Gerri Hill

Author: Victoria Brownworth

October 3, 2010

Gerri Hill is a romance writer who delivers the goods: romance, eroticism and a simple yet believable story. A GCLS winner and Lammy finalist, with Love Waits, Hill has penned another satisfying girl-meets-girl, girl-loses-girl, girl-tries-to-get-girl-back-but-will-she-succeed tale.

Gina Granbury was a high school basketball star and Ashleigh Pence a cheerleader and prom queen when they became lovers in their Texas high school over 20 years ago. But something happened between the two young women once they headed off for college and Gina left a heart-broken Ashleigh for a string of other women—yet Gina herself has never gotten over her first love.

What happened?

Gina has a successful business and Ashleigh is an attorney in Houston for a big law firm that is devoted to finding loopholes for corporations trying to avoid environmental laws. While both have had affairs, neither currently has a partner.

Two decades since their big love, the 20th high school reunion for Calloway High is approaching, causing both women to think back over the affair that has never been replicated for either of them in the years since. Nevertheless, each woman has trepidation about attending the event, fearful of seeing the other. And yet….

Hill moves the story back and forth in time between Gina and Ashleigh’s high school years and the present; the reader experiences the couple’s first teenage love just as they do, as well as the conflicts they are experiencing now as they near 40.

Hill moves seamlessly between past and present with alternating chapters—she makes the women believable and likable as teenagers exploring a newly discovered lesbianism; yet she also has a keen sense of Gina and Ashleigh as emotionally discontented women approaching middle age without having found a new love that is as satisfying as that first affair was for each of them.

What forced Gina and Ashleigh apart and will they be able to reunite? Hill draws Love Waits to a satisfying conclusion.
by Gerri Hill
Bella Books
ISBN 9781594931864
Paperback, 264pp

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About: Victoria Brownworth

Victoria A. Brownworth is an award-winning journalist, editor and writer and the author and editor of nearly 30 books. She has won the NLGJA and the Society of Professional Journalists awards, the Lambda Literary Award and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She won the 2013 SPJ Award for Enterprise Reporting in May 2014. She is a regular contributor to The Advocate and SheWired, a blogger for Huffington Post and A Room of Her Own, a columnist and contributing editor for Curve magazine and Lambda Literary Review and a columnist for San Francisco Bay Area Reporter. Her reporting and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, Village Voice, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, Ms Magazine and Slate. Her book, 'From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth' won the 2012 Moonbeam Award for cultural & historical fiction. Her new novel, 'Ordinary Mayhem,' won the IPPY Award for fiction on May 1, 2015. Her book 'Erasure: Silencing Lesbians' and her next novel, 'Sleep So Deep,' will both be published in 2016. @VABVOX

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