Maybe Next Time

Maybe Next Time

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by Karin Kallmaker
     
 

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Lambda Literary Award Winner!


Sabrina Starling doesn't need love. She has fame as a brilliant violinist and unlimited options for female company. Nothing can shake her — except the memory of her very first love. Knowing that neither the teenaged nor adult Jorie will ever return her feelings, Sabrina has escaped into her music and the arms of

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Lambda Literary Award Winner!


Sabrina Starling doesn't need love. She has fame as a brilliant violinist and unlimited options for female company. Nothing can shake her — except the memory of her very first love. Knowing that neither the teenaged nor adult Jorie will ever return her feelings, Sabrina has escaped into her music and the arms of other women.

When injury leaves her temporarily unable to perform, Sabrina finally finds the one woman who could free her forever from the memory of those stolen Hawaiian nights with Jorie. There's one problem. The object of Sabrina’s desire, Diana, is deeply in love with Pam, the woman who has shared her life for the past eighteen years.

A family funeral calls Sabrina home to the islands, but she no long believes that the gentle breezes and possible welcome in Jorie's eyes can repair the lives she's shattered, including her own.

Karin Kallmaker's searing novel of innocent first love and dangerous seduction joins an unparalleled string of critically-acclaimed bestsellers that earned her the title of Undisputed Mistress of Lesbian Romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931513265
Publisher:
Bella Books
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.56(d)

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Maybe Next Time 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a child prodigy, musical genius, and later, world-class concert violinist, Bree Starling seems to lead a charmed life. She has it all: fame, fortune, women falling at her feet, but she doesn¿t know who she is or where she belongs¿except when she¿s playing music. ¿She was a musician, she was haole, she was Hawaiian, a mainlander, an islander¿the list was long and it swirled like an arpeggio, different notes for different pieces of herself. The arpeggio became a chord and for a shining moment she understood all mysteries and magic, all wonder and music¿ (p. 37).####### Through music she has managed to live a life that is, if not fulfilling, at the least busy and remarkable. But her world crashes in dissonance when a wrist injury keeps her from playing her beloved violin. When one of the most important people in her family dies, she is left to deal with the brokenness of her career, her life, and her past.####### A story of intense grief, MAYBE NEXT TIME doesn¿t pull any punches. Kallmaker has taken on not only a tough subject, but she¿s chosen a difficult structure in which to tell the tale. The story of the journey Bree takes to her childhood island home in Hawaii is punctuated by glimpses backwards of her early years, the deaths of her parents, her first love, her many losses, and the singular joy she felt when she lost herself in playing violin. The reader can experience that movement, back and forth from past to present, like the shift in an orchestral piece¿or as something jarring and irritating. Bree is, however, a fascinating character, so full of sadness and pain that one can¿t help but hope she is not as self-destructive as she appears. Even when she does something despicable or destructive, she is still a sympathetic character, and we hope for her healing and redemption. ####### The story unfolds, solving the puzzles of Bree¿s life in a satisfying way, but first, we¿re put through the wringer of angst and grief, finally emerging, relieved, but not unscathed. MAYBE NEXT TIME is a memorable and intense tale a little different from what Kallmaker has done in the past, and I applaud her for stretching her narrative powers. ~Lori L. Lake, author of Different Dress, Gun Shy, Under The Gun, and Ricochet In Time, and reviewer for Midwest Book Review, The Independent Gay Writer, The Gay Read, and Just About Write.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What do you do when you grow up, in your adopted family, with the love of your life and they could care less? One woman, a child prodigy and now world famous violinist has pondered that question throughout her life. Never lacking for company, she nevertheless is always left with a feeling of ¿wanting¿. Who is it that she really wants ¿ the woman she could never have or the woman in a long-term relationship? Sidelined by an injury, the violinist tries to figure out the answer to the question. Which woman does she truly love? Which woman would love her back? Will her decision place a long-term relationship in jeopardy? If she doesn¿t recover from her injury, how will that affect her future and will anyone want HER? Karin Kallmaker is a truly talented writer who continues to treat the reader to wonderful tales of women as they travel the journey of life, love and romance.