Painted Moon

25th Anniversary Edition
Narrated by: Abby Craden
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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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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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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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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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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Just delicious all around- story and narration!

This is one of my favorite KK novels. Love Leah and Jackie and their story. So many things I can relate to. Such delicious love scenes. And the whole package juat wrapped up in a beautiful bow with Abby Craden narrating. One I'll listen to again and again... as a matter a fact- starting it now. Perfecting timing with it being Thanksgiving week and this a
story starts the same week.