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Want to Read. Rate this book. The Second Wave Jean Copeland. Alice never imagined that meeting co-worker Leslie would lead to an all-consuming love affair. Their year of risk, passion, and heartache takes its toll on both women. Tired of only receiving crumbs from Leslie, Alice makes the toughest choice of her life and moves on.
Although their affair is short-lived, their desire to be together never dies. Nearly forty years later, Alice returns to Connecticut after learning Leslie has suffered a stroke. But is it too late to pick up where they left off? Top genres for this book Romance. This edition Format s, Paperback.
Published October 18, by Bold Strokes Books. More details. Jean Copeland 13 books 37 followers. She has published numerous short fiction and essays online and in print anthologies. In addition to the thrill of watching her students discover their talents in creative writing and poetry, she enjoys the escape of writing, summer decompression by the shore, and good wine and conversation with friends.
Organ donation and shelter animal adoption are causes dear to her heart. Search review text. Displaying 1 - 10 of 14 reviews. Lex Kent. I had a tough time with this book. There was times it was so slow, that I wanted to give up.
I did keep reading, and some parts did get better. But overall I still struggled with it. I do not remember reading a Lesfic book where the two mains were in their 70's. I was interested in how Copeland would accomplish this. Unfortunately, it felt a little flat. I did not feel like I was reading about women in their 70's. They could have been 50's, maybe even in their 40's, and I don't think Copeland would have had to change anything. Another issue I had was with the flashbacks. I think flashbacks can be important to understand why a person is the way they are. But at least half of this book was in flashbacks.
And when you know the characters have been apart for 40 years, it makes the flashbacks obvious. You know something bad is going to happen, why am I putting myself through this depression. My final issue was with the overall chemistry. We know from the book blurb, that the mains break up, but never forget their love. So I expected a pretty major love story. I just didn't feel like I got it. I didn't feel that all consuming chemistry, that makes a person ache to be apart. We are told that happens, but you don't feel it. I do want to say that I think Copeland has talent as a writer. And I think she had an interesting idea of two people reconnecting after 40 years.
It just personally did not work for me. And because I did see some good writing, in this book, I will give her another chance to win me over. This story is about a couple in their late sixties that has the opportunity to rekindle its long lost romance.
I had never read a love story where its main characters were that old, so I was very intrigued to see how they would react to their feelings and how their story would develop. Unfortunately, most part of the book is centered on the past. Through a series of flashbacks, the author explains how they fall in love in the first place, which I don't mind because I think that it is important to know the past, in order to be able to understand where both characters come from, and where do they stand today when they reunite 40 years after their breakup.
However, when the author got stuck on revisiting again and again the pain of the breakup, through multiple chapters, I started to loose interest. But the real shock came at the end when, after several chapters of a never ending breakup, the author wraps up the rekindling story in one single chapter the last one and basically in one single and very short conversation.
I was expecting that moment, for so long, that I felt utterly disappointed and frustrated with what was offered. This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers. Show full review. Samantha Luce. Author 7 books 13 followers. So many feels with this one. The story alternates back and forth in the past and present in a way that made me think of Fried Green Tomatoes.
Another great book. This book is filled with love, angst, hurt, and hope. It's a fairly quick read with some engaging characters. The only thing keeping it from being a 5 star read to me was the ending felt a little abrupt. There was a lot of buildup and I wanted just a little more, maybe one more chapter to even things up a bit. Netgalley ARC received for an unbiased review. The Seventies were an interesting time to be alive and for some of us of a certain age, a liberating time of sexual freedom and exploration. Women were ing the workforce at an unprecedented rate thanks to the feminist movement of the Sixties.
While many of us were eager to embrace new freedoms, many were held captive by long held traditions of the nuclear family. The blurb for The Second Wave sets up this story of longing and heartache and dreams left unrealized. Through a series of flashbacks we see how Alice and Leslie meet in the workplace and how their mutual attraction brings new discoveries for both women. Alice discovers her own sexual orientation for the first time when her friendship with Leslie at work develops into attraction leading to love and a torrid affair.
Leslie has accepted her life as wife and mother ing the workforce to give her and Bill and the kids some extra cash for holidays. Her attraction to Alice is something new and intimidating to Leslie. She struggles with the knowledge that her love for Alice might mean the end to her life with her children. Call it The Price of Salt decision and one she is unwilling to make. The flashback to the Seventies scenes were entertaining to this child of that era.
I remembered less fondly the office sexual harassment and entitlement held by male coworkers of this less than enlightened era. All painted an accurate picture of a time and period which was full of hope yet slow to improve the lives of women wishing for more independence. This frustration carries through to the present time period and made it difficult to like Alice.
Forty years have passed. Alice has married and buried her wife and yet she still gets angry because Leslie chose her children over their affair and forced Alice to move on with her life. Her bitterness has grown not faded over the decades. Her actions in the present felt childish and immature. I may not agree with the layout of this novel or the extended sad panda that is Alice but I enjoyed the walk down memory lane and recognition of how far we have come as a society thanks to the outspoken women who dared to challenge the status quo.
What a beautiful story of torture and love. As her feeling grow, Leslie begins to reciprocate these feelings. I was way too invested in this novel and I could feel my chest constrict every time Alice pleaded with Leslie to choose her instead of staying with her husband. I think there were a few times that, if Leslies thoughts where in play, the reader would understand her feelings for Alice better.
I loved the novel and like how the story went from past to present to explain how Alice was so unsure of her life in both eras because of her love for Leslie. You know you are getting old when you classify a book that takes place during your lifetime as historical fiction. The seventies scenes brought back my childhood. Copeland captured the time. Elisa Rolle. Author 76 books followers. The characters felt so real and I just couldn't stop reading.
This is one of those books that will stay with me a long time. Also the writing was excellent. I can't wait to by this author. The setting stood out in a bright away and helped me connect with the story and its protagonists. The writing style was really good.
The two things that probably need a bit more work are plot, because sometimes it is too predictable; and characters development; because the story progress in a way that don't let them breath enough. Kitty McIntosh. Author 6 books 28 followers. Jean Copeland has written a beautiful, heart-wrenching love story that flits between the s and present day.
Leslie and Alice became friends at work but over time they became so much more to each other. Alice, a divorcee, introduces housewife and mother Leslie to her feminist crochet club and to a different kind of love. When Leslie has a stroke at the age of 69, her daughter contacts her old friend Alice as that is the only word Leslie keeps repeating in her unconscious state.
As Alice remembers their affair, we find out exactly how much they loved each other, but also how difficult it was to be in a lesbian relationship back then. Women had to put up with lecherous men refusing to believe that a woman might legitimately not be attracted to them! The big worry for Leslie though was the fact that she might lose her kids if anyone found out about them.
I loved the way the author let us see how all-consuming the relationship had been and then the affect it still had on them in the present day. This is an emotional story with great characters and a poignant insight into the lives of women in the recent past. Highly recommended. This was another one that just fell flat for me.
I think the switches in time from the 70s to the present day just didn't work for me. It's not something that's bothered me before, but in this book it seemed to severely slow the pace. I want to read good romance that features older characters so I hope that this author will give it another go! This story takes place over several decades, from the s to the present time.
Alice and Leslie meet at work and although neither of them had experience with emotionally and sexually loving another woman, they became attracted to each other. Alice was divorced and Leslie was married to her husband, Bill. They took a lot of chances to be together. Back then, their love wasn't really accepted in suburbia.
For forty years, Alice's and Leslie's lives have been a syncopation, coming together and coming apart, only to repeat time and time again. It's because Leslie is married and then because she can't risk losing her kids. Finally, Alice moves away, only to be called back to New Haven when Leslie has a stroke.
Time changes some things but it doesn't change hearts that are true. What a great, flawless book by a talented author!Housewives want real sex Copeland
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The Second Wave