As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the Countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. Showing up at the Countess’ London home, she hoped to find a challenge, not a woman who takes her breath away.

Catherine St Day looks forward to a quiet widowhood once her late husband’s scientific legacy is fulfilled. She expected to hand off the translation and wash her hands of the project—instead, she is intrigued by the young woman who turns up at her door, begging to be allowed to do the work, and she agrees to let Lucy stay. But as Catherine finds herself longing for Lucy, everything she believes about herself and her life is tested.

While Lucy spends her days interpreting the complicated French text, she spends her nights falling in love with the alluring Catherine. But sabotage and old wounds threaten to sever the threads that bind them. Can Lucy and Catherine find the strength to stay together or are they doomed to be star-crossed lovers?
June 25, 2019  |  336 pages
(Read from Aug 23, 2019 to Aug 24, 2019)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Entertainment, 30% Literature
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Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
A story about 2 women falling in love with each other, but also with their own potential, & learning to believe in themselves & in the other women who have existed & will continue to exist in spite of the patriarchal systems that work to erase their contributions to history. The writing was great too, with beautiful imagery, solid character development, & steamy, emotional sex scenes. In fact, the only thing I didn't love was the angsty bit in the 3rd quarter that felt like it came too suddenly.