Delia was an odd girl who never quite fit in with her classmates. When her family and childhood innocence is tragically robbed from her, Delia withdraws even further from the world around her. She finds solace in only two things, her steel determination to succeed in life, and a brown-eyed boy named Francis.
After living a childhood filled with fear and violence, Delia tries to script out a perfect, successful life for herself as a wife and a nurse. However, the world is in the tumultuous grip of World War II, and both Delia and Francis are called to duty.
Life and war shape these two young people in ways they never thought possible. For Delia, lust and passion ignite a new fire within her, and she finds herself in the sensual embrace of an unconventional lover - another woman. Throwing caution and her preconceptions to the wind, Delia discovers a new world of carnal pleasure and personal satisfaction.
The war was not nearly so kind to Francis.
For Delia and her new love, the battle for social acceptance proves to be only the beginning, for when Francis learns of her new life and love, a devious and murderous plot is born.
Delia is a story about love...and hate.
Due to mature content, this book is not appropriate for listeners under 18.
©2014 Jason LaVelle (P)2015 Jason LaVelle
This story is nowhere near erotica, barely a romance. So it’s really placed wrongly. Nonetheless, it is a good story. There’s barely any sexual aspect beyond some reference to sexual acts. And the 2 or 3 times sex occurs, once f/m and once f/f, it’s pretty quick, with little detail and no explicit language at all.
It’s told in split form. Sometimes the focus is on Delia. Other times the story focuses on her first friend outside of the family and more, Francis, a guy. Listeners get to know both of them well. So the story is not just about Delia.
An expected aspect—though not a big part and not until later in the book—is a paranormal aspect, a sort of ghost, or what Delia calls “shadows.” And that was an enjoyable surprise. Primarily, it’s a simple love story and also a woman’s journey of finding a full life and an unexpectedly love. Delia’s story is told from childhood until she’s approximately in her 70s, which was also a nice change. Overall, it was an ok story. There was a bit of depth. Everything was not easy and comfortable, which made it more real. And the characters had some development, though none of them to the extent that Delia and Francis are revealed. Overall, this tale is between a 3.5 and 3.75.
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