by Julia Watts
The things a woman will do for love…and Lily had love, lots of it. But her partner Charlotte is dead. Their daughter Mimi keeps her sane—until Charlotte’s family claims they have all the rights to Mimi, who is their blood kin, and no “real” relation to Lily. With what’s left of her world balanced on a razor’s edge, any choice to find safer ground seems reasonable.
Even getting married. Married to her Bugle Boy-wearing, trust fund-spending gay neighbor, Ben. Married and relocated to rural Georgia where Ben’s powerful family will make sure Lily gets custody of Mimi.
Just one little trick involved: convincing Ben’s parents their marriage is the real thing. It doesn’t seem like keeping up appearances will be that hard. But the charade gets more difficult when a beautiful country veterinarian offers Lily a taste of what she’s pretending she no longer craves…
The outrageous perks and pitfalls of compulsory heterosexuality are humorously explored by the talented pen of Lambda Literary award-winner Julia Watts, known for her wit and wry observations about the quirks of Southern life.
First Published by Naiad Press 1999.
November, 2011 Julia Watts has a fantastic way of telling a tale... This book is filled with fantastic dialogue and characters. The author does a wonderful job of putting the reader right there, standing along side Lily McGilly and her friends and new found family. The dialogue is so well written that I could hear the southern accents.
Lambda Book Report
Judith Stelboum- May, 1999: Wedding Bell Blues is a sophisticated story, told with humor and attention to detail and character which is characteristic of the best of lesbian popular writing.