Jericho

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It had been ages since I last read lesbian fiction in English and I was not quite not sure what to turn to. I googled a few key words and came across raving reviews of Jericho by Ann McMan.

I had never heard of the author but the comments on Amazon and Goodreads made me want to read it. Thanks to the Kindle app on the iPad, I was able to read a sample of the book and got hooked immediately. I purchased the whole book and read on. I went on until I could no longer keep my eyes open; something which incidentally had not happened to me since I first read Pride and Prejudice during my college years.

Jericho is a romantic story between two women, Maddie and Syd, set in rural Virginia. Syd (Margaret) Murphy is relocating to Jericho where she has an eighteen-month contract to set up and run a new library while Maddie has moved back there to take over her deceased father’s medical practice.

Syd is running away from a failed marriage and has no precise plans about her future. Falling in love with a woman is certainly not on her agenda. Yet this is what happens. The two women meet by chance, a friendship develops but when friendship turns into love, both women need to confront their own fears and anxieties.

Jericho is an exciting début novel with unforgettable main characters and a fine cast of supporting characters. It is wonderfully written: the vocabulary is subtle and precise, the tone playful and the dialogues are well-crafted. It is also packed with literary and musical references as well as evocations of mouth-watering meals and good wines.

I strongly recommend this refreshing and delightful novel.

Good news: Ann McMan is currently writing a sequel to Jericho.

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10 thoughts on “Jericho

  1. Thank you Salem for visiting and commenting. You are more than welcome to read other reviews even if this is not all this blog will be about. By the way, I have read a few reviews on your blog too!

  2. Jericho is my favorite book….I love the characters, I laugh out loud, I can visualize the story and setting….just fabulous all around book….I highly recommend it!!!! Huge fan!

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