on September 25th, 2017
Genres: Women's Fiction
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
-Does your sister let you touch her, Gemini?
-Barely, but, yes, more than anyone else. I remember even in preschool when the teacher would grab her hand, she’d stare at the spot where their skin connected as if it were an affront to her existence. Just stand there and glare like she wanted to hurt someone.
-Junipera suffers from a rare phobia.
-Please, what does June not suffer from?
-When did she start chasing storms?
-In third grade she started obsessing about the rain. Full blown? I’d say after hurricane Katrina she never looked back. And she didn’t just chase them, June became those wild storms.
Junipera and Gemini Jones, Irish twins born during the month of June, survive a childhood of neglect and poverty by looking out for one another. Destined for a group home, the girls are rescued by a rich aunt and uncle who move them from Northern Minnesota to Fairfield, Connecticut. One sister thrives while the other spins out of control. A violent assault leaves Gemini searching for clues, but what she finds might be questions that are better left unanswered.
My rating: 5 of 5 starsTouched is one unforgettable read. This is the type of story that is filled with intense characters and story line that goes where you would never suspect. I’m not new to Mara White’s writing and I suspect a few of her other works are probably close in their intensity. Touched just makes me all the more anxious to dive into those stories.
The story takes us through the childhood years of impoverished sisters Junipera and Gemini, through the early formation of June’s phobia, an aspect that drive’s older sisters Gem’s protective nature. The sisters have a unique dynamic and bold personalities that help them survive the neglect of their mother. But their dynamic is not complete until they meet Alaric, a young man who seemed ethereal to me. There were times I wondered if he was a figment of their collected imagination. But alas, Alaric is real and has a very astute impact on how Gem and June develop during the most formative years.
White’s writing is stunningly detailed but she leaves just enough ambiguity in the story line. There were times I made assumptions that were way off base, and other times I surprised myself when i got it right, yet there is nothing predicable about this story. The story moves between past and present taking the reader on a true journey. In the 3 weeks that have passed since I read this book I still haven’t wrapped my head around all that happens. I find myself recalling scenes and wondering just what White meant to convey, but my emotions ran the gamut from anxious to elation and I trust that was White’s intention.
Make no mistake while there are some incredibly romantic moments, this is not a standard romance read. Actually I can’t think of a way to categorize this at all. Calling it women’s fiction just doesn’t say enough about it either. I do recommend this story but I don’t think it’s for everyone. It should be read with an open mind and be prepared to have yours blown.
~Review by Cyndi
Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.