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Touchwood [Paperback]

Karin Kallmaker
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Dec 1 2003
Twenty-nine-year-old Rayann Germaine, betrayed by her lover, flees in grief and rage. She meets rare book store owner Louisa Thatcher, a woman many years her senior, who offers shelter and work... and soon, passion, and a loving place in her life.

But Rayann encounters challenges to this new love -- from friends who question its wisdom, from her mother who disapproves of this liaison with a woman her own contemporary, from Louisa's son who learns for the first time his mother's true sexuality.

And there are profound differences between Rayann and Louisa themselves, two women who come from dramatically different places in the spectrum of age and life experience.

The first page will draw you into this entertaining, erotic, thought-provoking exploration of love, and of that landscape of the mind known as age.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Touchwood Sept. 29 2003
I just finished this book. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. Rayanne takes you through all of her emotions. You feel like you are right there with her. I would have to say this is one of the best stories I have ever read. It gave me goose bumps. I would definately recomend it to anyone who likes a good romance.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cut above May 9 2000
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I read Touchwood and Watermark in reverse order. Watermark, Kallmaker's ninth novel, is writing of a very high level and it is really interesting to see the seeds of Kallmaker's talent in Touchwood, which I believe is her second book.
Touchwood is far more romance novel than Watermark, but it is far from simple. Sure we could have had the easy story of Rayann falling for a woman old enough to be her mother. May-December romance stories are almost cliche. But Kallmaker doesn't stop there.
Even though Touchwood is solely from Rayann's 29-year old point-of-view, we see Louisa's 56-year old character clearly. Louisa has done much in her life, survived the death of a partner, remained closeted for the benefit of her son. She was butch when mothers were supposed to be femme. When Louisa realizes she is falling in love with Rayann she holds herself back, feeling that she has no right to take the best years of Rayann's life, not when she's already had her share of love. In short, she doesn't deserve the love of a younger woman.
I was rooting as much for Louisa as I was for Rayann. Louisa had bought into the idea that an older woman just isn't worth as much as a younger one. Rayann changes that. Rayann does resist the love and has a passionate, but light-hearted, affair with Zoraida. Her own mother is not happy about Louisa and Rayann's affair when she discovers it, but soon realizes that she prefers Louisa to any of her daughter's previous lovers. Louisa respects her daughter, for starters. In the end, everyone just has to grow up.
Best of all, and erotically portrayed, is Rayann's discovery that for all her sex-positive youth she can hardly keep up with Louisa in bed.
When I finished Touchwood, having already read Watermark, I was uplifted. Touchwood gave me all the nuance of two women deeply in love and Watermark all the depth of character that made me want to give the books to straight people in my family to say "Our lives are just like yours, we love, we grieve, we survive." The two books together provide a range of expression and experience that I've yet to find in any other so-called "romance" novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected depth and passion Aug. 27 1998
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I just finished reading this book and so much of it will be edged in my mind for a long time. It's a little longer than most Naiad Press books and every page made me fall in love with both these women. I wanted to be Rayann, young and ready to love with all my heart. I wanted to be Louisa, much older yet able to teach the younger woman about unexpected passion -- and receive some surprises herself. I wanted to find their bookstore and meet all the customers. I read this book because a friend absolutely refused to lend me her copy, saying she re-reads it too often to risk being without it. Now I understand why. It really touched me. I can tell that this is probably the author's earlier work because there were a few rough spots, but they were so easy to forgive with such exquisitely drawn characters and passionately detailed eroticism.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic! July 16 2005
By Katie P. Moore/Author - Published on
I read this novel quite a few years back and read it again

just recently. Karin never disappoints even the second time


Katie P. Moore

Author Southern Heart
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book that got me started... Dec 18 2001
By A Customer - Published on
...reading lesbian romances. It's still my favorite and I still wish that I could meet Louisa fo rreal.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites Sept. 16 2000
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This book left me wanting more...and such a delight, there is more. The story left me breathless, and I read feverishly to find out what would happen. I have yet to read Watermark (sequel) but if it's only half as good as the first one, I won't be dissapointed.
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