This is one of the rare lesbian romances that doesn't follow the "U-Haul formula." Dr. Jackie Claymont's lover, Dana, is a freelance photojournalist who spends very little time at home. Dana is always flitting off somewhere on a job, spending a few sparse months with Jackie. On a visit home, Dana announces she is taking a three-year job in Greece and wants Jackie to drop everything to join her. Jackie doesn't want to go and reluctantly breaks things off with her lover.
Afraid to allow anyone else in to her heart, Jackie fights her growing feelings for Joni, a nurse at her clinic. However, their relationship escalates as Jackie fights sexual harassment charges from her other nurse, Carin -- a married woman who is the epitome of white trash. Added to the cast of characters is Vera, Dana's aunt and Jackie's friend. Vera is a veritable matchmaker and caretaker of the clinic and its staff.
I liked the premise of this book, but was a little disappointed by the lack of focus on Jackie's relationship with Joni. It got a little old reading about Jackie pining for Dana -- especially since Dana didn't deserve a second glance. On the other hand, the situation with Carin and the quiet support from Vera and Joni kept me reading. The story is not typical formula, an attribute that kept it interesting. However, I would actually give it 3.5 stars instead of 4, but that was not an option. I like Braund's writing and, even with it's shortcomings, this book is no exception. Recommended for a lazy afternoon, accompanied with a cold glass of wine and a bag of baby carrots.