• Painted Moon

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Karin Kallmaker
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (212 ratings)

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Painted Moon

By: Karin Kallmaker
Narrated by: Abby Craden
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Publisher's summary

Cursing the familial obligation that sent her into the path of a blizzard, Jackie Frakes is deeply grateful for rescue on a snow-choked mountain road, even if her rescuer's reception is as cold as the landscape.

Leah Beck spends her days in a twilight of grief, actively avoiding all reminders of her former life as an artist whose work was exhibited nationwide. A houseguest for Thanksgiving is disruptive and painful, and the very last thing she wanted.

The snowbound weekend leaves them with an unforgettable, undeniable attraction that challenges both of their personal and professional commitments. Leah turns to her art with renewed inspiration while Jackie seizes control of her future. But will these new paths lead back to each other? Or will that stunning weekend together be their last?

©2019 Karin Kallmaker (P)2019 Tantor
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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loved the ebook and the audiobook!

Wow, this book was so wonderful, I never wanted it to end. Of course, it had to at some point - and what a great ending! I love Joan's love and patience with Betty, as Betty struggles to find her bravery. What a beautiful thing!

And as time passes for our beloved couple, we see the changes that have come in the society. Not enough, yet, of course, but what a change!

Narration was really, really good!

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Loved it!

I loved Painted Moon. A great story. Love the opening on a dark, snowy country road in a car ill equipped for the task. Love the setting and the main characters. This is one of the few books I hadn't read before listening to it. So glad, I loved the audio edition. The two short follow up stories really help the book. Abby Craden is the benchmark narrator against which all others are judged.

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Binge worthy book

I love how descriptive the author is in this. I can 'see' the scenes in my head. Wonderfully written characters you cheer for and hurt for. Took me back to a time when we had no rights, where biological families held all the cards and determined if/when you could see part of your life. And reminded me of how far we've come, and how far we still have to go. I loved this book and the add-ons at the end! My heart is happy.

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Art may be larger than life but love is the canvas

Leah and Jackie meet in the most accidental way but bring such emotion to each others life. I was enthralled by the passionate love these two characters shared. Abby Craden brought the depth of emotions as she told the story of how they met, connected and loved. So rich is the growing of love, acceptance and know who you were ment to love. Karin Kallmaker tell a beautiful story of renewed life in this powerful live story.

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special book

I just loved this: the writing style, the story, the narration.
I've never read a Karin Kallmaker book before, and listened only to Love by the numbers. I found that book a little boring to be honest. But not this!! It's about a lesbian artist who has lived through tragedy, and a straight architect with a long time boyfriend. Their paths cross unexpectedly, and then something happens which will set them both on a new path, forcing them to confront their fears and rethink their ideas about life and love.
Its the 90s, so things aren't as straightforward (pardon the pun) as nowadays; attitudes towards gay people not as tolerant. So there are significant obstacles for the heroines to overcome. Having been around then, I really could relate. Karin Kallmaker is just such a good writer: I was hooked all the way through. I can also see where a lot of lesfic authors got their inspiration from.
The first of two related short stories at the end of the main novel, is also one of the sexiest, most beautiful pieces of writing I have had the pleasure to read in a long time.
I believe Abby Craden is lined up to complete more Kallmaker books to be released early next year. I will be hitting the pre-order button the minute anything appears.

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Nothing better than this

This is a wining combination, a great book and a great narrator, the only thing I have to complain about is why give the 2 short stories connected to this book and not just write a sequel? I don’t have this great imagination to fill in the gaps...
but truly this is an excellent book.

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Good and different

Because the original book was published in the 90s this had a very interesting take on a lot of different issues, yet so much hasn’t changed. It was much more than a romance novel. The narration was, as usual, spot on, and the mind of an artist was presented in a way that gave me a better understanding. Worth a listen and enjoyed the bonus stories.

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Awesome

This was an amazing story! My first time hearing about this author! Amazing writing! Abby Craden never disappoints!

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An Old Favorite

Years ago, this was one of the first lesbian books I ever read. I forgot how much I liked the story & as usual, Abby Craden was great.

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My first book by this author and it was great.

this is my first book that I've read by this author and I thought it was great. I highly recommend it if you want a lesbian romance. good balance of erotica and story.

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