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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 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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A New Life To Live

Leah Beck has become a recluse in her mountain cabin and is not painting. She’s surrendered to the grief of losing her lover and life partner. Jackie Frakes is on the way to visit her aunt and uncle when a snow storm strands and Leah rescues her. After a weekend together there is an undeniable attraction and A new world opens for both. Marvelous narration and romance.

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Well done!

I loved the story and the performance. It’s been years since I read or listened to a story with strong female leads who are also lesbian. Thank you!

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great job Abby...

Great Story. and excellent job by Abby as usual. Save the politicking for opinion pieces.

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Lesbian Romance

A nice romance story about a withdrawn artist.
Narration great. Story moves at easy pace.
Some very hot scenes without being overly graphic. Relaxing and entertaining i listen to the whole book in one evening and the next day.
You wont be disappointed.