The Very Thought of You
by Kim Taylor Blakemore
After the loss of her partner Evelyn, Helen set love aside for good. But the iron hold she has on her heart is shaken by a chance encounter with a vivacious secretary and the return of a past lover.
2 of 5 Stars
This is one of those books where you read and choose your path, skipping around through sections of the book. I love these because it makes me feel like I have some sort of decision in where the story goes. It’s about love and grief, in a lesbian couple, in a period of time when such things were highly shunned. I really enjoyed getting a small peek in on what it might have been like to be a woman in this era. Throwing the lesbian spin into this was a big plus for me. In the end though I felt that it was an experience of going to one of those expensive restaurants and looking at your little appetizer with the fancy name (tapas) and thinking.. but I want more. I love the idea of this book – but because of the shortness it’s just not enough to get me involved. I never became close to a character because it was over too fast. I even went through every possible way to get through the book and honestly, for me, this just made it worse. Every ending I found ended happily ever after. I wanted at least one path to have a disastrous ending, an ending which screamed you’ve made the wrong choices. I wouldn’t say I regret reading this, but it wasn’t satisfying either. I will admit that novellas might not be for me but if you enjoy these short stories or flash fiction this will be an excellent read for you.
FTC Disclosure: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion of the book and I was provided with no other compensation.