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Walking the Labyrinth

Walking the Labyrinth [Kindle Edition]

Lois Cloarec Hart
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Is there life after loss? Lee Glenn, co-owner of a private security company, didn’t think so. Crushed by grief after the death of her wife, she uncharacteristically retreats from life.

But love doesn’t give up easily. After her friends and family stage a dramatic intervention, Lee rejoins the world of the living, resolved to regain some sense of normalcy but only half-believing that it’s possible. Her old friend and business partner convinces her to take on what appears on the surface to be a minor personal protection detail.

The assignment takes her far from home, from the darkness of her loss to the dawning of a life reborn. Along the way, Lee encounters people unlike any she’s ever met before: Wrong-Way Wally, a small-town oracle shunned by the locals for his off-putting speech and mannerisms; and Wally’s best friend, Gaëlle, a woman who not only translates the oracle’s uncanny predictions, but who also appears to have a deep personal connection to life beyond life. Lee is shocked to find herself fascinated by Gaëlle, despite dismissing the woman’s exotic beliefs as “hooey.”

But opening yourself to love also means opening yourself to the possibility of pain. Will Lee have the courage to follow that path, a path that once led to the greatest agony she’d ever experienced? Or will she run back to the cold comfort of a safer solitary life?


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 509 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
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  • Verlag: Ylva Publishing (11. Juni 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Walking theLabyrinth 11. Juli 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Was soll ich sagen?
WOW! So eine tolle Geschichte hab ich schon lange nicht mehr gelesen.
Dieses Buch ist ein MUSS! Es ist jeden Cent wert. Es hat Charisma, Romantik, Witz, selbst Spannung. Einfach eine herzergreifende Geschichte. Die, zum Teil, "freche Schnauze" von Lee passt so toll da hinein....ich habe dies Buch in einem Rutsch durch gelesen,war nicht in der Lage es weg zulegen. Bitte unbedingt lesen!!!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I Enjoyed It 20. Juni 2013
Von Rev - Veröffentlicht auf
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Following the meaning of the star system on Amazon - different from Goodreads where I usually rate books I've read - I gave Walking the Labyrinth 4 stars because I liked it. On Goodreads, I gave it 3 due to the difference in the ranking system. Just wanted to be clear on my thinking...

I did like the book but there were a few things that pulled me out of the story. Some of the dialogue felt more scripted than flowing naturally and the maturity and behavior of the 30-something characters felt much younger than what I would expect. Beside that, I thought it was pretty solid.

I enjoyed the older protagonists and the mysticism that was involved in the story. I think if you're looking for a romance with these things, you should give Walking the Labyrinth a shot.

If you want more of my thoughts on it, you can read my full review at C-Spot Reviews.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Spiritual novel about soulmates and the afterlife, ie Even in death I will never leave you *happy sigh* 15. März 2014
Von E. B. MULLIGAN - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent Book Club choice - suitable for young adults (G rated). Lee is a butch woman in her sixties living in Calgary, Canada. The novel opens a year after cancer has killed her wife, Dana, so there is a emphasis on grief, mourning and recovery. Lee has been living in her basement doing everything she can to increase the chance she will die soon (drinking, smoking, riding her motorcycle in severe conditions) until her son and friends stage an intervention. Lee knew that she lost the only love of her life.

Lee returns to the work at the security company she cofounded. She takes on a case herself of a 25 year old, Britten, (who I came to loathe) fleeing her "abusive" husband. They travel to Donegal, a small community in rural Saskatchewan, the author depicts the place and the people in a way that felt real and honest. Lee meets Gaëlle, Britten's mother, Gaëlle has also suffered, the path she has chosen out of her personal Labyrith of pain and loss is mystical, what others might call woo-woo and Lee calls hooey. At 286 pages long the author (and the publisher) gives Lee and Gaëlle the time to get to know each other, and surprisingly for them both they fall in love. One of the characters brought too much horrific realism (for me) into a story I thought was going to be a romance and for me ended up being closer to literary general fiction. Janjay, who works with Gaëlle, is from Guinea, her young children were kidnapped to be trained as soldiers and her hand was cut off. Want a bit more? Search 'A Short Q&A With Lois Cloarec Hart' for 35 tidbits from the author or 'Conversation at the Bar with Lois Cloarec Hart' for a 14 minute radio show interview.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Refreshingly different 1. August 2013
Von TerryB - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Co-owner of a private security company, Lee Glenn, is grieving for her wife Dana. She can't see any end to her suffering. Her life is over, just as surely as Dana's is. A year later and Lee is still locked away from her family, friends and colleagues, hiding out in her basement rooms. Lee's family and friends intervene with a message from beyond the grave, giving Lee the shake up she needed.

Lee is back at work and beginning to turn her life around. She isn't convinced she can just pick up her life again and carry on. But Lee's business partner, Willem, knows different.

At Willem's urging, Lee takes on a private protection job, which takes her away from the memories of her loss, to the beginning of a new life.

Lee meets many different people along the way. Probably the strangest person she meets is Wrong-Way Wally. A harmless, colorful oracle, who is shunned by most of the small town because of his way out speech and way of life. It appears the only person who can understand and translate Wally's predictions is Gaëlle, his life long best friend.

Gaëlle herself appears at first to Lee to be strange. She seems to have a connection to the afterlife. Although Lee pushes aside Gaëlle's beliefs as hooey, is it possible there is some truth in them?

Lee becomes attracted to Gaëlle, but will she allow herself to open up to the possibility of love again? What if loving again should cause even more pain? Will Lee have the courage to stay for the course and find out? Or will she run back home to her safe, but lonely, miserable existence?

I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully written story. I liked that the two main characters, Lee and Gaëlle, are multidimensional, mature in age and there is an actual story here as well as a romance. Once I began the story, there was no putting it down. The book is a page turner from start to finish. Lee and Gaëlle are backed up with some unforgettable characters throughout. All playing their parts to perfection to progress the story forward.

There are a lot of emotions running high throughout. Highs and lows of love and love lost and prejudices. But amongst all the emotions, there is hope, a light at the end of the tunnel, the end of anguish and loneliness. That's if Lee will allow herself to be open to the possibility and taking a chance of loving a second time, if it's offered. It's this journey that makes the book into the exciting and enjoyable story it is.

I can't say my beliefs are those of Gaëlle and Wally, but it made for very interesting reading and added an enjoyable aspect to the book.

I've added Lois Cloarec Hart to my list of authors to watch out for. I like her style of writing and look forward to more soon.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A different take on the lesbian romance genre 29. Juli 2013
Von Danikaellis - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Walking the Labyrinth is definitely not the typical formula for a lesbian romance novel. It begins one year after Lee's wife dies. Lee is deeply in mourning, and has grown listless and depressed. Her family and friends stage an intervention, as her late wife requested before she died. Lee receives a letter her wife wrote at this time, and this provides the impetus for her to try to find a new purpose.

As you can guess from that synopsis, Walking the Labyrinth has a lot to do with mourning. But I appreciated that it started so far into the mourning process. Many books would have started with the immediate shock of death, but this actually provides a much better beginning. It is the turning point, where Lee is ready to change. This is mostly a slow-moving book, which works with the subject matter. I found it really easy to read, partly because it is a scenario that I haven't read a lot about. Lee is lost after her wife's death, and is unsure about her career and what she wants to do with her life. She goes on a journey to try to figure herself out. The inevitable romance is again introduced slowly. It seemed organic for the most part.

Another interesting thing about this book is the spirituality that pervades it. Maybe I should have guessed that a book concerned about mourning would also ruminate about the soul and afterlife, but I wasn't expecting that. I'm not entirely sure how I personally felt about it. Lee is skeptical, but intrigued. I am not a particularly spiritual person, so I wasn't as interested in this aspect, but I think it was presented well. If any talk about "soul journeys", reincarnation, and so on puts you off, I wouldn't recommend this one. But if you're open to the discussion, you'll probably find it at the very least an interesting viewpoint. I also appreciated reading a romance novel that focuses on women in their sixties instead of mid-twenties.

Overall, I appreciated the natural progression of this novel. It is short, and it didn't take me very long to read, but it's sort of a thoughtful meditation of a book. I did have a few complaints, however. One is that Lee sometimes seems to speak her thoughts out loud to herself in a way that seems much more for the reader's benefit than a natural habit. Another is an exchange near the beginning of the book where a character states "Middle Eastern men can be pretty controlling with the women in their family." This is not critiqued at all. In fact, Lee agrees. It's a bizarre bit of casual racism (I mean, so can American men. And European men. And... anyone.), especially considering that there are two characters that are African (from Guinea) and the subplot around activism in Northwestern Africa seemed respectfully handled. My only other quibble is that the traditional "girl loses girl" bit seemed a tad forced, though I can understand the character's motivation. I did enjoy this book, with those caveats in place, and I appreciate this branching out from the typical lesbian romance novel conventions.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very enjoyable read 28. Juli 2013
Von silvercrayon - Veröffentlicht auf
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Well written. Believable chracters with unusual beliefs that were interesting. I have enjoyed other books by this author and hope she has more in the future.
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