Book Reviews

Forsaking All Others by Kathleen Knowles at Bold Strokes Books

Genre Lesbian / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by jj on 14-August-2013

Book Blurb

Sylvia Ramirez believes in marriage, two people bound together forever in love. Jules Marvin is a contented polyamorist and has no plans to change. She enjoys her freedom and has no interest in monogamy.

Everything changes when they meet in the summer when marriage equality came to California. As Proposition 8 threatens to take away everything Sylvia’s worked for, she fights her attraction to Jules. Jules is intrigued and impressed by Sylvia’s passion for justice, but she’s certain she’s not ready for a one-on-one relationship. They’re polar opposites in everything. And as San Francisco’s queers fight Proposition 8, everything Sylvia and Jules assume is true is called into question.


Book Review

There can be something magical about meeting someone you might never have bumped into yet when accidentally thrown together sparks start to fly. In 'Forsaking All Others', since the actual incident stems from a friend’s dog getting skunked, it is amazing that the dog walker and dogsitter ever hooked up. The rest of the story is even more extraordinary and enticingly special with some jalapeño peppers thrown in for added spice!

Jules Marvin is our dog walker. She didn’t plan on such a job, but it works for her at this time. Initially, it is hard to grasp what centers Jules, but she has a solidity and comfort quality that is beguiling. I really enjoyed getting to know more about this compelling woman from a rather unhappy family. She certainly has a few significant lifestyle preferences that are outside the norm.

Sylvia Ramirez is the dogsitter. Her actual profession is clinical social worker focusing primarily on mentally disturbed folk. She is Latino and that is important to her. She is still hurting from the break-up from her previous girlfriend. The scars run kind of deep. She goes to dinner with Jules and enjoys the vegetarian menu but totally flips out about Jules's confession that she is polyamorous. 

Jules and Sylvia, although at first it looks as if they'll never make it, do reconnect to see if they can smooth things out. It is more than a delightful journey to watch Jules and Sylvia’s relationship take form and handle some extremely niggly issues. I was completely captivated by the journey along with all the history about California, Proposition 8, and marriage equality issues. In addition, I was totally absorbed by this moving, very spirited, but bumpy trek focused around Jules and Sylvia, but involving so many more people and issues. Extremely satisfying.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 240 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-August-2013
Price $9.99 ebook, $16.95 paperback
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