Book Reviews

The Last Conception by Gabriel Constans at Melange Books

Genre Lesbian / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by jj on 29-August-2014

Book Blurb

Passionate embryologist, Savarna, is in a complicated relationship, with two different women, when she is told that she MUST have a baby. Her conservative East Indian American parents are desperate for her to conceive, in spite of her "not being married". They insist that she is the last in line of a great spiritual lineage. In the process of choosing her lover and having doubts about her ability, or desire to conceive, Savarna begins to question the necessity of biology and lineage within her parents' beliefs and becomes forever fascinated with the process of conception and the definition of family. Threads of Dan Brown (DaVinci Code), Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Sister of My Heart) and The L Word (TV series) flavor this colorful tale of awakening, romance and mystery.


Book Review

This is an intriguing and compelling story with a curious and pertinent sort of under the radar element. The two leading women eventually bond and their relationship grows in a very loving and satisfying way. In fact, I felt it was the solidity of the main couple's relationship that helped them through a more or less overwhelming year that did not produce the results they tried for so intently. I certainly recommend this book although there are two slightly difficult to absorb or reconcile scenarios near the end that left me a bit confused, but not unhappy. I would love to see a second book that would boldly follow through, resolve the confusion, and delightfully enlarge the scope initially presented. Fantastic!

Savarna Sikand is an accomplished scientist focusing in her world of work on the precise and exacting arena of in vitro fertilization as an embryologist. Considering how the main essence of this book evolves, there is a delicious irony in Savarna's work focus that expands and unfolds. In addition, Savarna shifts from a personal position she was fairly adamant about. Her understanding of her parents’point of view and her partner's core focus provides a motivation along with enlightenment directing her to a new inspiration and gratifying anticipation. Astounding!

Charlemagne Burnell, preferentially Charley, is deeply in love with Savarna. In fact, I learned this before I found out she is and up-and-coming artist. Her gradually expanding success and her showings provide a pleasurable sub-story that is highlighted near the end in regard to two creations of hers that I resoundingly appreciated. This part of the book was so lovingly intertwined as it blossoms into a fairly big deal. That was wondrously adorable. It was a bit like how Charley's mother reminds her and in turn Savarna that there is a solution to their most pressing problem via a means everyone, it seems, simply forgot existed. Charley is such a steadfast lover. She becomes, on occasion, a tad overzealous in her search for answers and understanding. However, her intentions being so honorable she has only a little trouble winning over everyone's support eventually. I loved Charley!

I will not elaborate upon the two points that I wished were handled differently as that would reveal a bit too much of the essential inner workings of this story. What is important is that I really enjoyed this book and I hope it is greatly appreciated by all. There are so many captivating concepts, cultural components from India, and a sublime love story, too. Enchanting!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 195 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-July-2014
Price $4.99 ebook, $10.95 paperback
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