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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!!! Without giving the story away.,
This review is from: Before It Stains (Kindle Edition)R E Bradshaw has written another winner!! I have read all her books and can thoroughly recommend all of them. This one took a different and refreshing approach from the usual lesbian romance but tackled the real life situations that some couples sometimes find themselves in. Read, enjoy and learn!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets Better,
This review is from: Before It Stains (Kindle Edition)Bradshaw gets better.
'Before it Stains' is Bradshaws' best book yet.
She is becoming more confident about her writing which is evident with the accurate portrayal of the very real emotions and anguish of same sex couples when confronted with relationship meltdown.
The characters are so real one almost feels their pain.
Filled with funny one liners 'Before it Stains' depicts infidelity and betrayal with a warm, compassionate and human approach and tackles some of the legal issues same sex parents face.
Apart from the descriptions of softball games (that will bewilder her English fans) a well written story that says Bradshaw is here to stay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!,
This review is from: Before It Stains (Kindle Edition)I'd never read a RE Bradshaw book before this one, but the reviews and enthusiasm I read about it provoked me into buying it. I'm glad that I did. It's an excellent read. It's laugh out loud funny in parts. Equally it's poignant, painful and very passionate in every shade and meaning of that word. I found it thought provoking and extremely realistic.
This book is a keeper and one that I'll be reading again and again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well written, must read, romance,
This review is from: Before It Stains (Kindle Edition)Stephanie Austin, (Steph), is living the perfect life. She is totally and utterly madly in love with her wife, Mo. They have been together for seventeen years. They have a lovely teenage son, Colt, a loving family, nice house, good jobs, lots of friends. Life could not be any better for them. That is until Mo cheats on Steph. Steph's world comes crashing down around her. She always thought her and Mo would be together forever. She trusted Mo implicitly. Will Steph ever be able to forgive Mo?
Dr Maureen Hunt, (Mo), is an aspiring film maker as well as teacher at a university. She has finally realized her dream and will be heading to Los Angeles to make a film. Unfortunately, Mo has a one night drunken indiscretion with her agent, Michaela. An indiscretion that Michaela in going to ensure Steph finds out about.
Mo has no idea of Michaela's scheme. In fact, Mo is doing all she can to avoid Michaela. What will happen next between Mo and Michalea? It's obvious Michaela isn't done with Mo yet.
All hell breaks loose when Steph discovers Mo's infidelity. Steph has to keep a tight rein on her emotions for the sake of their son, Colt. She has to protect him. But can she? She is totally devastated and not thinking rationally.
When Mo returns home that evening and discovers Steph knows about her and Michaela, she begs for forgiveness. Steph can't find it in herself to forgive Mo though and throws her out. Will Steph ever be able to trust Mo again? The answer is no, not right now.
Mo reluctantly leaves for L.A to fulfil her contract. Steph decides she will get on with her life. Heartbroken, she rethinks the direction her life has come from and where she wants it to go. But will Mo be with her? Steph is now on a mission. Changes have to be made. But what will the consequences of those changes bring about?
This is a book about commitment and forgiveness. The questions are, can a marriage survive the betrayal of one of the partners? Will the other person be able to forgive the indiscretion? Was there something wrong in the relationship?
This book is full of love, joy, laughter, tears, loving family life, loyal friends, anxiety, hurt, betrayal, hope, forgiveness and humor throughout.
The two main characters, Steph and Mo are so well suited to one another, that even though Mo cheated on Steph, I couldn't help hoping they would get back together. In my opinion, R.E Bradshaw has written their parts so that we are meant to hope for this. This goes against all my previous thoughts on the subject of infidelity. So, she has certainly penned a powerful piece of writing here.
We also have the pleasure of seeing characters from some of R.E Bradshaw's previous books. Each and every character is essential to moving the story forward and to enhance the story. I won't put any spoilers in here. But Steph's ex girlfriend makes an appearance and we discover more about her life. Having said that, this book is a standalone. No need to have read any of the others first. But you will be missing out on some excellent books if you don't read them.
Steph has to make decisions that will affect not only herself, but her teenage son too. She has to do what is right for all. But can she go on with her life the way it was? Of course the answer is no, changes have to be made. But it's how the changes are made that makes this book what it is.
First and foremost this is an excellent story, one that could happen to any of us in a relationship. Second is the effect on others around. Third is whether the mess can be mopped up before it stains forever and the situation can never be resolved. The fourth and most important message for me in this book is to never be too complacent, never take your partner or your life for granted. Keep the romance alive. Although this book is a work of fiction, many things can be learned from it.
Another winning book, that would in my opinion make an excellent film. The final question to be asked is, when is your next book due out Ms Bradshaw? Sooner rather than later, I hope.
5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't even read it yet but know it will be another one I will love,
This review is from: Before It Stains (Kindle Edition)So it's not often I know that I will enjoy a book before I've even read it ... Going to try and resist temptation and leave reading this until I have a long-haul flight in about a weeks time .. However, I love this author so I might not be able to resist.
What I love about RE Bradshaw is the fact that her books are very professionally written/edited compared to a lot of the lesbian writers out there. Plus she doesn't just use any of the romance as a sex filler to the story, the plots always hold up on their own without having to do that.
I saw that one of the Rainey Bell books had been added to the audible playlist recently, and as a huge fan of audio books as well as regular books I immediately added it to my library and hope that a lot more RE Bradshaw will make in into the audible playlists.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gut Wrencher,
This review is from: Before It Stains (Kindle Edition)I still have to come across someone who writes lesbian emotions better than R E Bradshaw. I suppose everyone goes through the same emotional upheavals when one has been cheated on, but reading this book, it's not hard to relive the experience. It makes the experience gut wrenching and cathartic at the same time. The characters are good, the story well paced and believable. All in all a very good reading experience for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.,
This review is from: Before It Stains (Kindle Edition)I'm a big fan of this author and this book didn't disappoint. It had quite a bit of technical jargon about baseball which completely went over my head as I am British. However, I still really enjoyed the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracker!,
This review is from: Before It Stains (Kindle Edition)I loved this book from page one. It just had something a little different, life does not always run smoothly and this book showed us that, but there is very little that cannot be put right, in time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-thought out read,
This review is from: Before It Stains (Kindle Edition)This is the first R.E. Bradshaw novel I've read and I will definitely read another. It was nice to have quite an everyday setup in a lesbian book - a middle-aged couple with a nearly grown child with nicely observed touches. The characters and story felt realistic and so did the outcome and it was all very well thought out. The dramatic scenes were also well written. Yes, there was too much softball - sorry started to skip over those pages. But great title and great story.
5.0 out of 5 stars It takes two to make, or break a relationship,
This review is from: Before It Stains (Kindle Edition)A moment of weakness threatens to destroy their family.
Can they survive the infidelity or is their relationship irrevocably damaged ?
Through Steph's point of view we feel her pain, her doubt and experience the support she receives from her friends.
I loved the emotional roller coaster, Randy's one liners, the good advice from Steph's mum and put downs from Molly.
I recommend this book with a big box of tissues and bottle of your favourite wine.
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Before It Stains by R. E. Bradshaw