New Colette Review from Kitty Kat
February 15, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
‘Colette’ is the story of a woman facing her past and finally deciding what she really wants in life. The main character, Colette, moves back to Paris for a while after many years in the States. She sees her sister for the first time since she left and painful memories begin to surface. How she deals with them and the all too real disturbing presence of her brother-in-law form the basis of the novel. But it is about more. It is about love, desire and admitting the truth. It is also about realising that sometimes we have to put ourselves first, even after a lifetime of being there for others.
I liked the fact that R.D. DeLisle chose to focus on older women, older lesbians. That in itself is very unusual. I have read her first book, ‘Miranda’, and it is useful though not entirely necessary to read it to understand some of the background to ‘Colette’. In some ways this book was gentle and romantic, but there is also a storyline which deals with a figure from her past and that is quite brutal. Colette chose to deal with this in a particular way that I found infuriating but it was true to the character. She wouldn’t have done it any other way. I liked the story and the concentration on the more mature woman.
Review of Colette!
Nov 22, 2018
I really enjoyed reading about Colette’s summer in Paris. She is going home, back to deal with the past and demons she’d tried to ignore but finds them back to haunt her as the truth is finally revealed.
Spending time with slightly younger Lissa also gives Colette a chance to open up, grow as a character and show some of her vulnerabilities. As she finds herself whilst helping Lissa have a liberating and exciting summer is Paris, Colette makes a discovery about love of her own.
When she returns to the USA she starts working on facing these issues and opening herself up to what may have been there in front of her all along.
A lovely story, with lots of exciting drama and has a lovely twist with the French narrative intermingled with the English for authentic dialogue.
New review of Miranda on Goodreads!
I received a copy of this book from the author.
This was a well written book and a promising story. The character Miranda is of an older generation and has many issues and fears she deals with throughout the story. I liked the concept and the introduction of a conflict for Miranda between new love interest Grace and artsy, hypnotic Collette. I enjoyed the pace and the issues dealt with in the book and found the characters traits, especially Miranda’s well portrayed.
It was interesting to see such issues tackled in the way Miranda behaved and lived her life. I look forward to the sequel and finding out more not only about Collette, but the dynamic and impact that Miranda has had on her, and that Collette has had on Miranda and Grace’s relationship.
Miranda's first reviews on Amazon!
By Loek on October 9, 2017
Miranda can’t communicate effectively. Within a group of people, she feels uncomfortable and uncertain. She is unable to make and keep friends. Due to her social skills. With the understanding and encouragement from Colette, a woman with a lot of experience, Miranda learns about her sexual activities, her relationships and her ability to really love someone. Colette is very helpful in changing her perspective, helpful in controlling her emotions and desires. A satisfying relationship and a new future is now possible for Miranda. But with whom can she takes the next step? Are the old issues causing problems again? This is a bitter sweet, sad, hopeful and passionate story with much depth. It makes you feel a lot of things and it's very well written. I look forward to read more from this author.
January 7, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
‘Miranda’ is an interesting book dealing with life, love and sex for the more mature lady. I liked that the main characters were in their sixties as we get a window into a world that is not often written about. Miranda has ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome and having been diagnosed relatively late in life she begins to question a lot about herself. Whilst taking a break from work she meets two women who are instrumental in helping her. Will she embark on a new relationship? How will the new people in her life react to her very individual way of dealing with things?
The author cleverly matched her style to the way I imagine Miranda’s thought processes work. It was direct and to the point and worked well. Anyone with personal experience of people on the Autistic Spectrum will recognise Miranda and her difficulties and I applaud the author for getting it right. She showed that age and diagnosis are no barriers to finding love. The story was well told and I look forward to more from R.D. DeLisle.