BOOK REVIEW: Watermark by Karin Kallmaker

When I met the woman who would be my life, I had very few books to my name due to life circumstances and some hard choices. So, to remedy that, she allowed me access to her gargantuan collection of books that she had amassed over a number of years. I was delighted to find boxes upon boxes of lesbian fiction, and have been slowly making my way through them (and encouraging her to donate the books she wouldn’t read again – because, trust me, she still has A LOT).

As part of two challenges – #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks & The Literary Others – I decided to make my way through as many print and electronic LGBTQ+/SAGA/queer books as possible this month. This book was one of many in her and my collections.

cover of lesfic Watermark by Karin Kallmaker

Book Description

Teresa’s first encounter with advertising executive Rayann begins badly and goes downhill from there, but the event changes the course of Teresa’s life.

My Rating

If I had studied the cover before I started reading this book, I probably wouldn’t have read it until after I read Touchwood. After all, I’m sure my wife owns it… I just haven’t found it yet. That being said, it was still an engaging read that tore at and touched my heartstrings.

It’s told from dual points of view. Teresa is young and naive, while Rayann has been aged and jaded by her experiences. They meet badly, and for Teresa, they become fast enemies; for Rayann, however, Teresa didn’t even ping her radar, which irritates Teresa even more.

As the book continues, we delve deeper into the private lives of these two women, their families, and their friends, and we watch them struggle to make sense of a world filled with longing, passion, guilt, and loss.

Even without having read Touchwood first, I thought this was a great book. From what I understand, if I had read that book first, I would have either better understood the characters, or hated the author from the way she continued the story. Likely, it would have been somewhere between those two poles.

I give this book four-and-a-half of five stars and recommend it to lesfic fans who don’t need a strict HEA (Happily Ever After) to be satisfied.

 

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