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Embracing the Dawn By Jeannie Levig


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Jeannie Levig can be counted on to write well-developed characters. She gives each character thorough backstories, gives the readers a complete understanding of the emotional and psychological make-up of the MCs and makes them thoroughly real and identifiable people. She also has a gift for building the romance to make it a proper relationship through her narration. Her books make us feel different emotions which is one of the things that we look for in satisfying reads. The other big plus (very big plus for us) is that she writes about mature (often 50+) women. This is a demographic which deserves a lot of focus and we are so happy that Levig deals with them with sensitivity and love.

The two MCs in this are E.J. and Jinx. E.J. is a rich, successful career woman in her early fifties. Divorced, she has realised that she is gay, but is unwilling to be out because she is scared of being rejected by her homophobic son. So she chooses one-night stands or short flings without emotional involvement. Jinx has a criminal record, has spent twenty years in prison, been out of jail for only the past three years and is currently working as a dog-washer. These are two extremely unmatched people, but the author skilfully makes them so real and possible that as a reader we just get into their story, totally feel their attraction and chemistry.

The numerous secondary characters including the friends of the two MCs and members of their families are also so well written that we totally get them and understand who they are. We also really like some of them (E.J.’s daughter, Mandy and Jinx’s niece, Tiffany, in particular are really strong young women).

We however had one issue. In her obsession with her son, E.J. makes her daughter completely invisible. She doesn’t mention her at all throughout her relationship with Jinx; in the big showdown scene, when she is coming out to her kids, she surprisingly cannot see or hear her daughter’s unflinching and unwavering support. This kind of ignoring one child is kind of unforgivable to us and took away a lot of points from E.J.

However, as a romance this is a wonderful read. 

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