Monday, March 25, 2013
Review by Linda Hays-Gibbs Of Autumn Leaves By Barbara Winkes With Eternalt Press This is an alternative lifestyle romance between two people who overcome huge obstacles for their happily ever after. I found the characters full fleshed and complete with their own fears and in depth analysis of their directions. The problems that face Rebecca Lowman seem insurmountable, at least the ones of which, she is aware. With two children and her husband, David she thinks she is satisfied at least settled for the rest of her life. She doesn't even realize that she has settled for what was expected of her. She doesn't argue or defend herself or her choices because one seems as good as another until a young writer moves in across the street from her. It was like a bolt out of the blue when Rebecca meets Callie. They try to deny it, hide it, and run from it, but their love will not let them. Finally, they must confront it, along with their fears for Rebecca's family and the humiliation and censure from the Autumn Leaves' community around them and even her own church friends. A crisis involving Callie makes Rebecca realize that her life has drastically changed and she must face the consequences of her actions and make a commitment. The only thing that is not given up by Rebecca is Callie, as all else seems lost. Tragedy strikes but they hold on to each other and weather the storm. The happily ever after was extremely satisfying. I loved the plot, the conflict and the growing experience that both women had for very different reasons. A very tastefully done portrayal of this story. I give her five stars out of five for an engaging love story between two women from very different worlds.