Awakening to Sunlight

Awakening to Sunlight

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by Lindsey Stone
     
 

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To embrace the future is to find the courage to accept the past.

Judith Hilford flees from a ten-year-long emotionally abusive relationship and accepts temporary lodging arranged by a friend until she can set her life on a new course. Lizzy Mayfield, an independent filmmaker who lost her lover three years ago, comes home from a business trip to find Judith…  See more details below

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To embrace the future is to find the courage to accept the past.

Judith Hilford flees from a ten-year-long emotionally abusive relationship and accepts temporary lodging arranged by a friend until she can set her life on a new course. Lizzy Mayfield, an independent filmmaker who lost her lover three years ago, comes home from a business trip to find Judith and her child unexpectedly living in her apartment.

Lizzy wants nothing more than to be left alone, but as Judith has nowhere else to go, Lizzy allows her to stay. While Judith struggles to create a new life for her daughter and herself, Lizzy is confronted with the vibrancy their presence brings to her emotionally barren existence. As Lizzy and Judith gradually become involved in each other’s lives, they are both forced to confront the ghosts of their pasts.

Set in the center of Amsterdam, Awakening to Sunlight is a tender love story about two women brought together by fate who, while struggling to come to terms with the painful realities of their lives, discover a future they never dared dream.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602824287
Publisher:
Bold Strokes Books, Inc
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
421,290
File size:
236 KB

Meet the Author

Lindsey Stone was born in the West-Midlands of England, but at the age of 13 emigrated to the Netherlands with her mother and brother. Although she often misses the British landscape and its traditional food, she is pleased to live in a country where sexual orientation is no longer grounds for discrimination and where homosexual couples and their rights are recognized and protected by the law.

Her mind is a bustling playground filled with images, scenes, characters, and plots, all demanding her attention, but in those moments when they are kind enough to give her some peace, she can be found playing her guitar, or building something out in the garage, or simply slouched on the couch next to her trusted shadow, her Malinois dog, who somehow always seems to get the most space.

Lindsey is not easily swayed from her own beliefs and convictions, but will be tempted to get into a car with a stranger if he or she is driving a Jeep (the bigger the wheels the better) and she can be bought for an English Yorkshire pudding covered in mint sauce.

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Awakening to Sunlight 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt see anymore written by her which is a shame becouse i really enjoyed this book would like to read more by her
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Sage320 More than 1 year ago
Lizzy Mayfield is an independent film director who lost her lover to cancer three years ago. She hasn't been able to recover from that, so she buries herself in her work. When she returns to her home in Amsterdam after a trip, she's surprised to discover that she has two house guests. Judith Hilford and her daughter Emily have run away from a husband, father and relationship that neither one could stand anymore. A mutual friend put them in Lizzy's house thinking they could use it while she was away, giving Judith an opportunity to decide what her next move would be. To Judith's surprise, Lizzy is willing to let them stay and slowly they begin to form a new family. Lizzy isn't sure she's ready for a family and the changes it will bring to her life and Judith isn't sure she's a lesbian. They have a chance to heal each other if they can overcome their fears. Awakening to Sunlight has a slightly exotic feeling to it because it's set in a European city with a different culture. It has a nice pace as the situation develops gradually giving the characters a chance to really get to know each other. It also addresses two major issues. One woman is trying to piece her life back together after a tremendous loss. The other illustrates the struggle of someone who knows she's in an impossible relationship, but is unsure how to escape from it and start over again. Judith also reveals the economic difficulties many women go through when they have to separate from their husbands or partners who have been supporting them. Lindsey Stone has created a thoughtful romance with interesting characters. It could have occurred anywhere, but the setting makes it just a little different. Reading the book is worth it just to see Judith emerge from her shell.