Title: Threads of the Heart
Author Name & Publisher: Jeannie Levig (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: July 14, 2015 – 264 pgs
No one travels this life alone.
Maggie Rae-McInnis is happy in her twelve-year relationship with Addison and renting out the rooms in their large home in the Hollywood Hills. Her one nagging fear is that her partner is not as happy as she is—and she is right. Addison is a hot mess. Though she loves Maggie, she feels something is missing. When she meets Victoria Fontaine, a confident, sexy, and manipulative younger woman, she is swept into something new, exciting, and a little dangerous.
Tess Rossini and Dusty Gardner, the couple’s closest friends and long-term tenants, face their own fears as they navigate the uncharted waters of love, and Eve Jacobs, newest arrival, finds herself on a path of self-discovery.
The love and friendship these women share make up the threads that weave together to form the unbreakable bonds that last a lifetime.
Maggie and Addison rent out rooms in their large home to various women. The relationships between the women and their stories are the basis of the novel. Maggie and Addison have been together for 13 years but Addison is getting restless. Her attraction to Victoria, a client, has the potential to cause huge problems. Dusty is a carefree womaniser – or is she? Tess is getting over the death of her long term partner. Eve has just left her husband and kids and wants to find out if she really is a lesbian. Their individual stories were interesting on their own but the interaction between the characters really makes this novel great. I really enjoyed finding out about them all and the family atmosphere within the house made it all the more special. Maggie was the mother hen and looked out for each woman but she had her own problems to deal with when Addison was attracted to a younger, dangerous woman. I found Dusty a really sympathetic character and liked the change in her over the course of the book. She and Tess were obviously meant for each other but neither could say so. Eve’s story of her search for love and her true self was lovely. She represented a lot of women who find they cannot live a lie any longer.
The steamy scenes were so well written and extremely hot – in fact the best I’ve read in a long time. They were very varied and inventive. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was so sad to finish it. I wanted it to go on and on!
Jeannie grew up in Tehachapi, CA, a small town in the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the kind of town where everyone knew everyone and lived with unlocked doors. Summer days were long and filled with bike riding, fort building, tree climbing, and lots of freedom. Raised by an English teacher, Jeannie has always been surrounded by literature and novels and learned to love reading at an early age. She tried her hand at writing fiction for the first time under the loving encouragement of her eighth grade English teacher. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Bakersfield.
The loves of Jeannie’s life, so far, include her grown children and their spouses, her grandchildren, two very special people who take the form of her exes, an amazing circle of friends, and dogs—in particular, her own four-legged best friend. She enjoys many genres of novels, movies, and theater, is a cliché as a George R. R. Martin fan in her grumblings about the wait between Song of Ice and Fire books, and is deeply committed to her spiritual path, her work as a spiritual counselor, and her role as a volunteer CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in the foster care system.
In addition to being a novelist, Jeannie is a freelance ghostwriter and editor and is working on a new book.