book review: Unexpected by jenny frame
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Unexpected is also available as an audiobook.
I experienced some difficulty with the beginning of Unexpected until I realized there were things to be assumed about one of these characters that, in my mind, had not been established. I continued reading the story because I liked the fact that Rebecca and Dale are already bound together by their son and because the journey through which they would come together as a couple and a family interested me. In addition, Jake is a wonderful child to meet.
Dale is decidedly butch while Rebecca earns the nickname Dale gives her. They are opposite enough, but their mutual need for that unique someone allows them to move toward each other with anxiety on Dale's part and caution on Rebecca's.
I enjoyed the pacing of their relationship most of all. They spend a good deal of time getting to know things about one another, doing things together, and without any unrealistic sexual involvement. Consequently, when the sex does happen, they feel like a couple ready to take a chance on one another and the need to make love is no longer optional.
The friendships and children added layers that made Unexpected a testament to the way family and friends can help lift your spirits and get you through the darkest times in life.
This novel is a special and tightly woven tapestry, and my only problem with it is the microcosmic ambiance created by the fact that all the principle characters are lesbians.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a lesbian romance with a couple you can pull for and a feel-good story that lingers in the awareness of how much brighter two people can make each other’s world while being transformed in the process, you’ll find what you’re seeking in Jenny Frame’s Unexpected.
Jenny's other books can be viewed on her Author's Page.
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley.