Barring Complications – Blythe Rippon

barring complicationsBlythe Rippon’s debut novel is set amongst the turmoil and confusion surrounding gay rights and marriage equality. The story begins as The Supreme Court Justices have just voted to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of DOMA’s federal ban on gay marriage.

Victoria Willoughby, sitting on the bench as the most recently appointed Justice, has the unenviable task of trying to sway her peers to a positive outcome. Although Victoria as never openly come out of the closet, her colleagues and public alike seem aware of her sexuality.

Genevieve Fornier is head of H.E.R and lead counsel on the case. She is preparing to go to battle as an out and proud lesbian, whose role for many years has championed gay rights and fought discrimination in its many forms.

The two women, both legal heavyweights in their own right, have to confront more than the arguments and landmark decisions. Victoria and Genevieve have a history that both have been running from for the past twenty years.

The story weaves through past and present, although it’s easy to follow and well laid out. The legal process is difficult to grasp at times (especially for a Brit) but well worth the struggle, as the more you read the clearer it becomes.

Blythe Rippon has obviously done a great deal of research and has written a book that not only deals with the legal process of a historic event but has also produced a love story with characters that are multidimensional. It’s easy to engage with their personalities, their sense of humour and the affection they share. The secondary characters are also well developed, each adding something special to the story; especially Bethany whose sense of humour had me laughing out loud more than once.

Not only do I feel I’ve read an excellent love story but learned a great deal about the fight for justice and the up hill struggles that LGBT Americans have had to face. This should be compulsory reading for every lesbian and take its place as an important historical learning for future generations.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Ylva Publishing (October 1, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00NQVZBTK
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