Sara Summers Stanton has raised three children and works as a high school teacher at the same school she attended growing up. Her 25-year marriage is showing cracks in the facade and now she's dealing with breast cancer. In a rare moment of taking care of herself instead of everyone else, Sara takes a sabbatical and goes on the trip to Italy she has always dreamed of taking. This search for a more authentic life leads to Julia, a friend she hasn't seen since they were inseparable as girls, nearly 30 years earlier.
They reunite in Florence and their friendship continues where they left off, resulting in an unexpected attraction to each other that threatens to turn Sara's already shaky world upside down. What do you do if you fall in love with your best friend? Sara's inner conflict and subsequent choices reveal an unpredictable yet dynamic future for all the characters. Seeking Sara Summers is an emotional and lyrical novel, a timeless story about love, commitment, and transformation.
©2008 Susan Gabriel (P)2013 Susan Gabriel
This story had me in its grips from beginning to end. I was not sure how such conflict could be resolved, but the plot was woven into a beautiful conclusion. Gabriel is a masterful writer.
"This is a lovely book"
I have low expectations for lesbian novels, as well...the standard is a little below par, however, this book was lovely. It was tender and insightful and measured and emotional. Above all, the tone was quiet and understated. The story was in the hands of a lady who can write and who does so with a 'less is more' attitude. This book touched me and stayed with me. The story isn't earth shattering or anything, but it is one of quite desperation and moments of courage and beauty. Well worth a read.
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