Roller Coaster

by Karin Kallmaker

Two very different reasons brought Laura Izmani and Helen Baynor to the Beach Boardwalk for a symbolic ride on the biggest wooden roller coaster on the west coast. They part strangers, but only after sharing an experience that shifted both of their lives onto new tracks.

Their paths cross again decades later when Laura interviews with Helen to become the private chef for the Baynor household. Given what Laura revealed during that fateful coaster ride, she’s relieved that Helen seems to have forgotten her.

Fiercely protective of her children, Helen—now a famous stage actress and widow with teenaged twins—divides her time between home in a sleepy California enclave and the bright lights of Broadway. Continuing her carefully managed life until her children leave for college is all she wants.

Their first roller coaster ride together may turn out to be only a prelude…





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Genre Romance
Length 324
Publication Date December 15, 2011
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594931697e
Editor Katherine V. Forrest
Cover Designer Judy Fellows


  • When two women meet again after twenty-three years they realize that they've only begun to love!
  • Roller Coaster blends Karin's passion for good food with a love of the stage to create two women you won't forget.
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GCLS Goldie Awards

Roller Coaster — Finalist, Traditional/Contemporary Romance.

C-Spot Reviews

...A large majority of this book has the two main characters separated by great distance (Helen in New York, Laura at her home in California)... It allows the reader to really learn a lot about each character independently, and for the protagonists to become friends before lovers.

The Lesbrary

Reviewer Anna, January 2012: Two women, an aspiring chef and an aspiring actress, meet on a stalled roller coaster for a brief but candid exchange that changes each fundamentally. Twenty-three years later, Laura Izmani finds herself interviewing for the position of private chef for the famous stage actress Helen Baynor... As Laura and Helen encounter romantic challenges with other people, Kallmaker quietly but effectively sets the stage for their relationship as they live and work together in a family setting. But there are still several secrets between them -- Laura continues to be reluctant about revealing their shared past -- and Kallmaker makes her characters work for a satisfying conclusion. Recommended.

Customer Reviews

1 review for Roller Coaster – eBook

  1. cheekybugger13

    Finished Karin Kallmaker’s “Roller Coaster.” It is such a delightful, heartwarming story. Perfect metaphor using the roller coaster ride to set up Helen & Laura’s journey.

    How KK writes human behaviour is so realistic, insightful & nuanced, you can’t help but get sucked into her characters. She takes you along for the ride. Brilliant story, light-hearted, feel-good journey, captivating characters, soul-satisfying result—what’s not to love? An unconventional romance that provokes one’s psyche.

    A Must-Read! Highly recommended!

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