The secret of you and me

by Lenhardt, Melissa,

Format: Print Book 2020
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True love never fades--and old secrets never die...

Nora hasn't looked back. Not since she fled Texas to start a new life. Away from her father's volatile temper and the ever-watchful gaze of her claustrophobically conservative small town, Nora has freed herself. She can live--and love--however she wants. The only problem is that she also left behind the one woman she can't forget. Now tragedy calls her back home to confront her past--and reconcile her future.

Sophie seems to have everything--a wonderful daughter, a successful husband and a rewarding career. Yet underneath that perfection lies an explosive secret. She still yearns for Nora--her best friend and first love--despite all the years between them. Keeping her true self hidden hasn't been easy, but it's been necessary. So when Sophie finds out that Nora has returned, she hopes Nora's stay is short. The life she has built depends on it.

But they both find that first love doesn't fade easily. Memories come to light, passion ignites and old feelings resurface. As the forces of family and intolerance that once tore them apart begin to reemerge, they realize some things may never change--unless they demand it.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Nora Noakes and Sophie Russell were best friends growing up in their small town of Lynchfield, TX. This friendship blossomed into love during their senior year in high school. They hid their relationship, but were caught in bed together by Sophie's mother. She and Nora's father forced Nora to leave town, leaving Sophie heartbroken. Nora ends up in DC, enjoying a life as an out bisexual woman in a semi-serious relationship. When her father dies, she reluctantly travels back to Lynchfield, where she learns, to her surprise, that her father left her everything. Sophie, on the other hand, never left town. She married Nora's old boyfriend, had a daughter, and remained firmly in the closet, but seeing Nora again causes Sophie to reevaluate her life. As each woman battles her own demons, including PTSD and alcoholism, they grow closer to each other, and to living the life they always wanted. At turns sweet, sexy, and always respectful of these characters and their journeys to their most authentic selves, Lenhardt's wonderful book is highly recommended for all fiction collections."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Lenhardt (Heresy) delivers a love story between childhood friends and lovers who rediscover their spark 18 years after their high school graduation. Nora Noakes reluctantly returns from Washington, D.C., to Lynchfield, Tex., for her estranged father's funeral. Her visit becomes an extended stay after discovering she's been willed her father's property. Soon after Nora reunites with Sophie Russell, the two begin to feel the pull of their long-lost passion, despite Sophie's effort over the years to preserve a veneer of "conservative, Christian, straight." Nora, who left Lynchfield to join the military and has led a free-spirited, openly bisexual life, has a strikingly pointed view of the small-mindedness held by the friends and family she left behind, while Sophie is married to a man and wants to keep things that way, though her dishonesty has driven her to heavy drinking. Lenhardt focuses on the couple's sexual attraction in vivid detail ("Soon we were clawing at each other's clothes, blindly trying to find bare skin to touch"), and while their passion feels genuine, Lenhardt's florid descriptions overshadow the nuances of their connection. The story implies Nora and Sophie are driven recklessly by love, but lust is the prevailing emotion on the page. Still, Lenhardt convinces in her portrayal of the conflict between desire and control. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Lesbians -- Fiction.
Homecoming -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Texas -- Fiction.
Romance fiction.
Lesbian fiction.
Publisher Toronto, Ontario :2020
Language English
Notes Includes discussion questions.
Description 339 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781525832208
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