Southern Girl

by Renee J. Lukas

Growing up in the 70s and 80s in Tennessee leaves Jesse Aimes confused about pretty much everything. Nothing makes sense to her at all. Not bell-bottoms or crazy teachers and especially not boys. But when she finally wins a spot on the high school basketball team, she begins to feel comfortable in her own skin.

Then her childhood best friend Stephanie comes back to town and stirs feelings in Jesse that leave her even more confused. She knows those feelings must be wrong. She only has to listen to the “you’re going to hell” sermons by her preacher father to know it.

But romance secretly blossoms between the two girls…until their secret is blown wide open by a jealous classmate. As the truth comes out it threatens everything—Jesse’s future in basketball, her family and even her relationship with Stephanie. What can she do when there seems to be no way out?





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Genre New Adult, Romance
Length 378 pages
Publication Date August 15, 2016
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594935053e
Editor Medora MacDougall
Cover Designer Sandy Knowles


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    The Lesbian Review
    This is a poignant, beautiful, sad, sweet coming-of-age story about a girl who grows up in a time and place where she is seen as odd and unnatural. It left me feeling like I had just lived her life.

    Rainbow Book Reviews
    This is a classic tale of a young woman's journey, from an early age, in discovering and accepting her lesbian identity. The romance part of the book is delightful; Jesse and Stephanie are just so right for each other, despite all the obstacles they have to overcome to be together. The historical setting comes across as authentic and accurate, as does the geographical setting of small-town southern America with its strongly religious roots and intolerance of anything different from "normal". There's a smooth flow to this book, as well as excellent story-crafting that had me gripped and reading it through in only two sittings. Highly recommended.

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