For Duscha Penhaligon, New South Wales is a long way from friends and family. A talented town planner, she is still grieving her partner when, out of the blue, she inherits her estranged father’s house, and is drawn back to her hometown of Canberra. It’s a chance to reconnect with all that was once familiar, to heal her heart and make a fresh start.
Working to build a business with her partner, Honor Boyce’s world is profoundly shaken by Duscha’s return. Seeming an ordinary gardener, Honor harbors an extraordinary passion—a secret obsession locked in the past.
For a life to be lived fully, it cannot be lived only in safety. Who has the courage to risk it all, knowing things will never be the same again?
FROM THE AUTHOR
"Knowing I would never marry, I’ve long been interested in the women’s movement, and remain ever grateful that its achievements have enabled me to live my own life. Improvements in the status and rights of women over the last century have particularly benefitted lesbians who, without today’s freedoms, once suffered from a distinct lack of options beyond traditional marriage.
Within this contemporary couple’s love story are backstories of two other couples: one, a pair of 1960s nurses, and the other, two suffragettes in the early 1900s. All face social pressures. All wrestle with the daunting consequences, should they choose to do what comes naturally—to honor their authentic selves and love their heart’s desire.
Sixty…a hundred years ago, it was difficult for two women to make a life together, so stymied were they by the laws and conventions of those times. Yet some remarkable lesbians did find the means and the courage of their convictions to do exactly that. Closeness offers a glimpse—or two—into what that might have felt like."
—Y. L. Wigman
Betty H. - I’m very pleased I decided to read Closeness by Y. L. Wigman. I didn’t realize that it would be filled with so many of the genres and tropes that I love to read.
This story takes us through three generations of women in the Coxall family and the ladies they loved. In effect, we are getting three romances in one novel through the eyes of the present day couple Duscha and Honor. Through Duscha, we learn the stories of Aunt Charlotte and her lover Sylvia, and Duscha’s Great Aunt Irene and her partner Ruby. With Irene and Ruby’s story, we get the chance to learn about the Australian and UK Suffragette Movement of the early 1900s. The reader is also given an idea of how same-gender couples had to live in a time when homosexuality was illegal and thought to be perversion. Women especially had to deal with being the responsibility (read, property) of their parents or husband. That part of the novel was especially fascinating to me even though it was hard to read sometimes.
With this book, we not only have three f/f romances, historical fiction, and family drama, there is also a small element of the paranormal.
I must mention the stunning cover created by Kayla Mancuso. The three colors she used in the cover (green, white, and violet) have a special significance in the story, but I’ll let you discover that as you read. I totally enjoyed reading this novel. If you love a good romance coupled with history, drama, and a bit of the paranormal, then I think you’ll enjoy Closeness as well.
Bonnie S. - Ms Wigman has given us a great story along with a little history thrown in. One of the best books I've read. Characters you can’t help but like. Simply a great read.