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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Lately Lesbian by J.D. Simmons is an interesting memoir with lesbian themes. Jenna marries Paul and believes that she’s found the man of her life. She is the normal, traditional wife, living for her husband and looking forward to stability in the future. When her life is rocked, she looks towards her husband for support. But Paul is distant and aloof. That is until Jenna meets a young and beautiful woman. As her longing begins to grow, she starts feeling different. Has she always masked her real feelings? Is she made to be with a man or is there a deeper, a more real part of her that she must allow to emerge? Follow her love odyssey as she journeys home to herself, redefining herself, and giving a name to her deepest desires and passions.
This is an interesting story that explores the theme of romance and a woman’s journey to accepting and embracing herself. J.D. Simmons doesn’t just write well; she also has a gift for listening to her heart and this aspect of the writing makes it easy for readers to relate to her, to understand her world, and see clearly the path she’s walked. The memoir is filled with lessons on inner freedom and authenticity, a story that shows readers how social norms and conventions can keep us prisoners of a culture that doesn’t serve us any longer. The writing is confident and the narrative voice consistent and clarion. Lately Lesbian is engrossing and I enjoyed the way the author explores the landscapes of her heart, becoming vulnerable in the narrative and infusing it with humanity and realism.