This is a very traditional romance – a charming and well done story of falling for the woman who seems unobtainable, but the personalities and circumstances set it apart. Both our main characters have major hurdles to overcome in their lives, irrespective of any romantic complications.
Liz has recently lost her wife, her life partner and the inspiration for her musical creativity. She is struggling to get past the initial grief and loss, faced with mounting pressure to push forward with the jazz band and CD release they worked on together, knowing others depend on her, yet unable to find the will to make a start. Jac has built layers of fortress-worthy walls around her life, insulating her from any but her sister and brother-in-law, she relies on no one except her adored yellow lab. She wants nothing in her world other than her music and her routine.
Making a Comeback explores the lives of these two anguished women, both of whom have suffered from cruel fate. As their lives increasingly collide they can challenge the other to move beyond their pain, and provide the support that might make it possible to do so – if they are prepared to take the risk.
Liz and Jac are interesting women. Mature, seasoned, complex and multi-layered. They are people we can relate to, rounded and whole, warts and all. Ms Blair has portrayed women of substance that reflect the traumas of their lives.
Both are supported by family, and their interactions and family dynamics add significantly to the depth of emotion and realism throughout. Domineering parents, complex sibling relationships, these women have baggage.
This is, more than anything, an exploration of how mature women have dealt with what life has thrown at them, and how they can move on, face their greatest fears, find a new beginning.
Well done, well written, engaging and absorbing. I will definitely be looing out for more of Julie Blair’s writing.
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