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This review is from: Bodies of Water (Kindle Edition)
An absolutely beautiful book that kept me hooked from beginning to end. It's bittersweet and not without some gutwrenching moments but none of it seemed forced or unlikely. The story is narrated by Billie, now eighty years old, about her love affair nearly fifty years ago after someone from her past gets in touch raising the memories.
The tale is split between that period in the 60's and the present day. Billie falls in love with her new neighbour Eva, already such a big taboo in those years but made even harder by the fact both are married with children. This isn't one of those 'their eyes met across a room' stories but one where the couple slowly build a friendship which blossoms into something more. Their emotions are captured wonderfully by the author; the joy of not being along, the unconditional love which grows for each other, fear of being found out and most of all the horrid realisation that they lived in a world where you did what was expected of you or paid a high penalty. Both are content with their clandestine meetings until things slowly unravel around them.
The author does an excellent job of pointing out how relatively new so many of the freedoms we have now were not the norm in the lifetime of so many people still with us. Billie comments at one stage that she feels cheated at having been born too early which makes your heart ache for her while at the same time made me grateful for the progress that has occurred in the fight for equality.
A gem of a book. Definitely recommended.