Title: Spring Fever
Author Name: Barbara Winkes
Publication Date & Length: August 1, 2014 – 176 pgs
What does not kill love… makes it stronger.
Callie has a hard decision to make when her ex, Nicole tries to blackmail her with an old secret. The timing could not be worse as Maggie still suffers from nightmares related to previous traumatic events. Andy, a new resident, is eager to make friends and promote the prejudice Callie and Rebecca have grown tired of. They have learned that trust is the most important thing in a relationship, and when you have it, hate cannot touch you.
Spring Fever is the third book in a series, and yes, it’s important to read the first two books first. I dropped into a story that was in many ways already concluded. The whirl of romance has passed. The acute threats have been conquered.
What’s left is a sweet, cozy story of two women building their life together in a small town. Familiar and presumably beloved characters make cameos with successes and struggles of their own. It’s a book about family, and while it may lack passion, there’s a great deal of warmth.
The “villain” is one-dimensional and behaves in histrionic ways that couldn’t quite get me to suspend my disbelief. However, her behavior reminds me that the internal and external conflicts involve people who aren’t villains, just people—the unhappy ex-husband, the questioning minister, the recalcitrant parents and teenagers. There’re good lessons in this pleasant, communal novel.
~C. E. Case
A psychologist/trauma counselor by training, Barbara Winkes left her native Germany to live with her wife in Québec City. Telling stories has always been her passion. She loves to write suspense and romance with female protagonists who try to solve the puzzle of their love life, a murder case, or sometimes, both.
Lesbian fiction with high drama and happy endings:
Barbara’s debut novel “Autumn Leaves” and the follow-up, “Winter Storm”, published by Eternal Press, tell the love story between two women in a small town, where neighbors take an interest in the life of others. The thriller “Secrets” followed November 2013.
2014 releases will include “Spring Fever”, book three in the series about Callie and Rebecca, and the standalone romance “The Interpretation of Love and the Truth”.
Author’s Website: http://www.barbarawinkes.blogspot.ca