A body reaps what they sow, and Clarabelle's planted the seeds of trouble. The year is 1933, and not much else is growing in the Oklahoma dirt. Clarabelle's gone and fallen in love with her best friend, so she figures it's time to go out and see the world.
If she's lucky, she'll find the kind of girl who'll kiss her back.
Clarabelle heads for New Orleans, and that's where she meets Vaughn. Now, Vaughn's as pretty as can be, but she's hiding something. When she gets jumped by a pair of hoodlums, Clarabelle comes to her rescue and accidentally discovers her secret. She has to decide whether Vaughn is really the kind of girl for her, and though Clarabelle started out a dirt-farming Okie, Vaughn teaches her just what it means to be a lady.
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You know that feeling, after you finish a book, where you know there are going to be mixed feelings about it from readers? Yeah, that is this book. I think this book should evoke the emotions you will likely feel upon completion. I also think it's vital to keep in mind that this book takes place in 1933 not 2017. Times were so beyond different then than they are now. We can't even comprehend it no matter how hard we try. So that's dipping into the unknown. This historical LGBTQ story is told from Clarabelle (Clara) a girl from Oklahoma who moves to New Orleans after she is "outed" as a lesbian. Because her Preacher always warned her about New Orleans, a sinful place, she was excited to move there. I want to bring to the forefront the descriptive writing in which the author, Liv Rancourt, brings to this book. I've never been to New Orleans but she really does take you there. I could hear the sounds, taste the foods, feel the bubbling excitement in Clara and those around her. Of course the other side of that is I felt the hatred. See, you think it's bad now for people who are deemed "different" by societies standards try going through it in 1933. The slurs do run rampant in this book from the F word even to the N word. It was a time where words like that were used like the word the. Though offensive to hear, it really put us in the place and time this tale is weaved. Vaughn is a magnificent character. Gorgeous internally and externally. When she meets Clara it's like two puzzle pieces finding their connections. They fit. Thanks to Vaughn, Clara can truly see the world through new eyes. Too long Clara had heard the sinful side of her sexuality. Now she sees the beauty and with tender words and patience, Vaughn takes her to the place she belongs. Vaughn's story turns quite emotional and though hard to read it shapes this book and takes it in a new direction. One I felt we needed to see to truly understand the seriousness Vaughn faces daily. Though this is a short story it does tell a meaty, touching, well written story of a time that was different and yet the same. Of course I wanted it to be longer because I wasn't done with these characters. This is a sweet addition to the Hours of Night Universe (which author Irene Preston also writes in) and we do see some familiar faces in this book. This should be read by people with an open mind that you aren't reading a book set in this time but in a whole different one.