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  • Boundaries: A Lesbian Romance

  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Northern England 1979 - Social worker Elizabeth has finally plucked up the courage to end 14 years of unhappy marriage. Lost and lonely, she buries herself in work to keep her emptiness at bay. Then an unexpected phone call brings troubled teenager Jan to her door and Elizabeth shocks her friends and family by taking the traumatized young woman into her home as a lodger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very unusual love story.

  • By Hildur on 27-07-16

Enjoyable Lesbian Romance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-16

I loved this audiobook. It's sweet, very moving and beautifully narrated by Jan Cramer.

Jane Retzig's writing is understated and the story has some very dark and possibly controversial themes. The book however is very cleverly written.

The book is mainly set in industrial West Yorkshire in 1979/80, and the author often uses literary, musical and political references as a kind of descriptive shorthand to evoke the period and place. This worked perfectly for me, though I wonder if some of this could be lost on younger listeners.

The central characters are all sympathetic (even Sharon, who does her best not to be) and some parts of the book are very funny.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and I love all the works of this talented author.

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  • The Full Legacy: A Lesbian Mystery Romance

  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Shelley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

London 1993 - Gill is wary of love. Since the death of her partner, Corinne, she has put all her energy into building up her photography business, being a good and reliable friend, and avoiding relationships at all costs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing Lesbian Romance

  • By C.J. on 02-06-15

Absorbing Lesbian Mystery Romance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Full Legacy to be better than the print version?

Both equally good. The advantage of the audiobook is, for me, the ability to be read to on the long daily journey to work. I listen to two audiobooks a week and this was in my top five favourite audiobooks. The book was extremely well written and performed - absorbing and gripping.

What other book might you compare The Full Legacy to, and why?

I enjoy reading all forms of mystery and books that have a twist at the end. This writer reminds me of Daphne Du Maurier's mystery novels.

Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Shelley – was your favourite?

Gill - the central character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't want to spoil this for other listeners, but it was the moment the book came to a climax point, where the writer and the narrator showed amazing empathy for all the characters involved in it, including herself.

Any additional comments?

Yes, I would like to say that I enjoyed this audiobook immensely. Both the writer and the narrator have understood what is needed in a good listening book. I look forward to more from this particular writer and hope to hear the narrator read another of Jane Retzig's books.

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