Portrait of a Crossroads

Portrait of a Crossroads Since finding her father s body at the bottom of the basement stairs Annette s been drifting through her days watching cars pass down the rural Ontario crossroads beside her house Her brothers have

  • Title: Portrait of a Crossroads
  • Author: KellyRand
  • ISBN: 9781626490116
  • Page: 429
  • Format: ebook
  • Since finding her father s body at the bottom of the basement stairs, Annette s been drifting through her days, watching cars pass down the rural Ontario crossroads beside her house Her brothers have no great ambitions, but Annette remembers a time when she did She just can t remember what they are.Then she meets her neighbour, Sadie, a tattooed, world weary, newly singlSince finding her father s body at the bottom of the basement stairs, Annette s been drifting through her days, watching cars pass down the rural Ontario crossroads beside her house Her brothers have no great ambitions, but Annette remembers a time when she did She just can t remember what they are.Then she meets her neighbour, Sadie, a tattooed, world weary, newly single portrait artist Something about Sadie awakens something in Annette the essence she captures in her subjects, perhaps, or the way the old familiar crossroads seem so fresh and promising from the view out Sadie s window.Annette begins to help Sadie, cleaning brushes and filing invoices between long lazy afternoons of conversations and shared silences Soon, though, Annette wants from her enigmatic neighbor, and their slowly heating friendship melts into passionate nights Somewhere along the way, Annette discovers that her lover has illuminated for her, as with the people Sadie paints, not just her essence but her own endless worlds of possibilities.

    One thought on “Portrait of a Crossroads”

    1. What a lovely read! The language of this novella? Short story? Quick fic? - whatever it's labelled as, the language was BEAUTIFUL! It reminded me of one of those stories we used to study in high school that I never got because I didn't have enough life behind me to appreciate the beauty of it. Yes, the protagonist is a young woman, Annette, a year out of high school, and while I think that many young women can identify with her feelings of uncertainty, apathy, quiet desperation, I don't know tha [...]

    2. I pre-ordered this book because I thought the premise sounded interesting and I read anything that sounds good within the LGBT fiction genre.I have never read a book by Ms Rand before, but I'm very glad I read Portrait Of A Crossroads. It is well written, with subtly drawn characters, and vivid descriptions. Full review at On Top Down Under Book Reviews - bookreviewsandtherapy

    3. This review originally appeared on my blog, leeannaPORTRAIT OF A CROSSROADS is a glimpse into the life of eighteen-year-old Annette. Living in a fog after the suicide of her father, Annette isn’t sure what to do with her life, or how to move forward. She’s basically sleepwalking through life, going through the motions. But when she takes notice of the painter living next door, and starts to help Sadie, Annette slowly comes back to life. Sadie is gay, and the more time they spend together, th [...]

    4. Book Info: Genre: F/F EroticaReading Level: Adult (explicit)Recommended for: fans of F/F eroticaMy Thoughts: While not normally a fan of erotica, I quite liked this short novella. The writing is very nice, beautiful descriptions, and Annette is an interesting character, as is Sadie (although Sadie remains mysterious to the end). It almost makes me want to visit the crossroads mentioned, just to see the scenery.While F/F erotica is not for everyone, if you've been looking for some, this is a good [...]

    5. 3.5 and rounded up -- contemporary isn't usually my genre, but I'm pretty starved for good lesbian fic. This is a sweet, quiet story that carries off the crossroads theme well; it's about a suspended summer when Annette's life is at a turning point, not yet moving forward in a new direction as she pauses at the start of adulthood to get her bearings. It feels much more like literary fiction that happens to focus on the beginnings of a relationship than it does like part of the romance genre. Thi [...]

    6. This was a short story that didn't have a lot of real depth to it. It was written in a style that made me think of an old school story, and it was well written. I just didn't find myself having a big connection with the characters. It was more superficial, and not solid. It wasn't a bad story, but it wasn't my favorite.

    7. Portrait of a Crossroads by Kelly RandThis story has such hidden charm. I hope that the gentle pace and down-home nature of the setting in rural Ontario serves to draw other readers in as it pulled in me. One gets to share in some very fine human blossoming on an intersection with six houses making up one corner and farm fields making up the other three. A somewhat mysterious but personable artist befriends (and then some) a young woman who is moving through a stifling fog and is way too alone i [...]

    8. Rand's Portrait of a Crossroads is, like Pearl, a slice of life short story about a young woman on the cusp. Beautifully atmospheric, brief and almost Spartan in its economy of words, Rand's tale captures Annette's awakening and gives the reader hope that she will heal, find happiness and move forward.

    9. Following her father's death, Annette finds herself at a "crossroads" and doesn't know exactly who she is or who she wants to be. For a short read the author surprisingly packs in wonderful symbolism, self-discovery, and learning of one's true sexuality. The characters were simple yet relatable and the book had a sweet theme about finding yourself-on your own terms.

    10. (August 5th, 2017)A F/F coming of age novella where 18-year-old Annette who, a year after her dad's suicide, gets on the road to recovery and a college career by falling in love/longing and lust with the painter next door. Like most things in that genre, however, it reaches for far more than it delivers; in this case, Rand's attempt at a heartfelt lesbian awakening story is undone by her fondness for unsuitable metaphors and the limited length of her piece, which does not allow for both the elab [...]

    11. I’m not really sure about this. I didn’t disliked it but I can’t say I was very interested in the story either. I got attracted by it because of its beautiful cover, but I ended up wanting so much more from it.Annette was a nice character, so was Sadie, but I don’t think I really got to know any of them. There wasn’t much of a plot development and, if it was consider a romance, I didn’t think it was very romantic.What I did liked about it, and I don’t know if this was intentional, [...]

    12. I was all over this book when it came out because I loved the writing in Pearl. Like Pearl, the same style and ambience is present in this book. The author manages to get in a lot of details that set the stage for what’s going on with the main characters, but in a Zen-like, sparse way. Even though a contemporary, this story had the feel of being in an earlier time period. Maybe this due to the fact that it takes place outside a small town with not much going on. Or maybe there are a lot of sim [...]

    13. Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on May 20th 2013:Fluttering Thoughts:Worldbuilding: Contemporary Ontario, small town/rural setting. The crossroads and the whole setting seemed also very symbolic though it was physically placed and described.Characters: Annette, the MC, is at a point in her life when she’s lost, disoriented. Her life could go either way, really, but she’s just standing there and contemplating the direction – sort of like standing in a crossroad and wondering ab [...]

    14. After her father's suicide Annette doesn't know what to do with herself. She lives with her two brothers in a house next to a crossroads. Some day she becomes fascinated with her tattooed neighbour Sadie.I think the message of Portrait of a Crossroads is good. You should follow your dreams and your own path, whatever that may be. But that's all what this novella seems to be - the sum of its message. Ms Rand is good at describing things. I loved the setting, the way the entire world seems to be t [...]

    15. 4.5 starsF/F centered bisexual erotic romance (no real M/F activity)**** 35 pages ****I picked this one up because I'd been so impressed with another short story by Rand called "Pearl" and found the writing here just as beautifully descriptive. It veers much more into literature than the usual romances I read. It's a snapshot of an 18 yr old girl who's just closed one chapter in her life and is a bit in limbo with direction and purpose on many levels. Annette has lost her father to a disturbing [...]

    16. Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.Review:This book was an easy read, albeit sometimes tedious. The beginning was quite slow and too much time was spent on the friendship and not enough time on the romance that developed from that.I think I would have liked this book much better if things weren't so cramped together. The end felt rushed and that drove me bananas.Another issue I had was that I didn't understand what attracted Sadie to Annette. It was [...]

    17. There need to be a million other stories just like this one. A quick read, not at all what I expected. I was told I would receive a free book based on what I wanted, so I posted some quick key words and this was the book I received from the publisher. Just about the only things they got from my key words were "woman protagonist" and possibly "bisexuality" when they gave me this. I also asked for non-monogamy and no erotic scenes, though it might be that this publisher doesn't have any non-erotic [...]

    18. Remember how I used to go on and on about how I hate short stories? How they don’t have enough character development, blah, blah, blah? Well apparently I just needed to start reading the RIGHT short stories because yet again I have been blown away. Portrait of a Crossroads by Kelly Rand is an excellent coming of age story about a girl that is struggling with the aimlessness of her present and plans for the future. Annette has been coasting through life in a bit of a haze since finding her fath [...]

    19. Full review available here at All About Romance: likesbooks/cgi-bin/booThere are times when a story needs to be wrapped up, when there are too many loose ends floating around, and nothing makes sense. There are other times, though, where at the end of the book you are left wondering, and it is a good thing. Not everything is finished, and it doesn’t always need to be. Portrait of a Crossroads is like that - an open-ended story that just feels right.A recent high school graduate, Annette Vargas [...]

    20. Wow, this has got to be one of the shortest reads I've ever come across!! After the death of her father, Annette finds herself at a crossroads of what to do with her life: e.g. go to college? get a job?, etc. She doesn't really have the greatest support system as her brothers have no ambitions of their own but finds herself rediscovering herself and HER OWN ambitions after meeting her neighbor Sadie and being her "assistant".This book isn't bad yet it isn't exactly good either. BUT IT DOES SEND [...]

    21. *I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* This a lovely read and shortest story I came across so far Annette is kinda a lost soul When her father died she become undecided on things what she really want in life and then she met this interesting woman name Sadie tattooed and artistic. I love both characters and how the story goes though I hope they written it in a long story.

    22. This is a good, quick read for those who like lesbian romance novels. On my Kindle it was about 100 pages. There isn't much action or much character development, since this is a romance novel. The story is pretty straightforward, and it's not a bad book, although I would have liked to have seen the story drawn out a bit more.

    23. This was a short story. There wasn't much of a character build up, I didn't feel like I knew these characters to care enough about them. The whole book felt a bit repetitive as if it was written on a certain format, the main character would tell the reader how she was feeling, then relay that same information to her love interest, rinse and repeat.

    24. I read this book out of curiosity. It was incredibly short and not very well written. Perhaps with more time to develop characters it would have been better.

    25. A sweet story with a gently unfolding plot, but just a little too slow for me. I'll definitely read others by this author though.

    26. Intimate portrayal of a young woman's coming-of-age. I felt like I was sitting, unseen, in a room with the characters listening to their conversation.

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