Thursday, April 7, 2011

Book Review: From This Moment On by P, J. Trebelhorn

Devon Conway lost her lover and their unborn child to a drunk driver running a red light. After their funeral, Devon left town and wandered the roads on her Harley. She eased her loneliness with a string of one-night-stands. After three years, she finally returned home, moved in with Sheila, her godmother and the woman who raised her, and bought a garage where she can once-again work as a mechanic. She rents an apartment over the garage of a local homeowner. When Devon goes to the local lesbian bar to hook up with yet another one-night-stand, a woman named Kat, she’s surprised to be turned down.

Katharine Hunter, lost her lover of many years, to cancer five years before the book opens. Unlike Devon, she, however, has remained celibate as she tries to move on with her life. She is a veterinarian and enjoys helping her friends, who own an art gallery, hang the paintings for each new show. When she goes to the gallery to hang the latest show’s offerings, she comes face to face with Devon.

In a series of coincidences, like the two women showing up at the art gallery at the same time and Devon renting an apartment without finding out her landlady’s name, Kat and Devon come together. The book ends with another series of coincidences that while not implausible, do seem contrived.

Trebelhorn’s first book needed a strong editorial hand to rid it of over-used cliches and other writing gaffes like the above-mentioned coincidences. Unfortunately for the reader, she didn’t get that help. Thus, the book is riddled with phrases that have been over-used in the genre for years. If, as a reader, such things don’t bother you, you will enjoy following Dev and Kat on their journey to finding love and the beginning of putting their ghosts to rest.

If you are looking for a fast read about two women coming together only to be driven apart and then coming back together to live happily ever after, From This Moment On is the book for you.

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