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As Long as Love Lasts

Narrated by: Lori Prince
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Romance

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2018 - She doesn't know if a marriage is worth fighting for.

Peyton Kennedy quantifies everything in terms of numbers and risk. She looks at a problem and solves it, leaving no piece of the puzzle out. When her young, too-whimsical wife inherits a derelict farmhouse from a distant aunt, Peyton can only see the bottom line. Too much work. Too much money. Time. Energy. Definitely not worth saving. 

But her wife knows how to get her way, and Peyton finds herself roped into renovations. This...this may be the straw that breaks her marriage's back, and Peyton's worried about how worried that makes her. That is, until a 70-year-old bundle of letters and a time-worn diary fall on her head.

Before she knows it, Peyton is drawn into the story of her wife’s great aunt, Marty, a woman who dared defy social conventions for the love of another woman. 

1939 - She doesn't know what love is.

Marty Bell thinks life will fall neatly into place. Her mother has expectations: a husband, wealthy enough to give Marty security for the rest of her days. When she meets a beautiful circus worker who shovels dung and pounds stakes for a living, it's the first time Marty sees that she can stray from the path.  

Soon, her life is dictated by not just her mother, but the upheaval of war and the one thing she never expected to find: love. And Marty will risk anything and everything to hold onto it.

Contemporary and historical lesbian romance intertwine in this emotional tale of a diary, an elephant, and four women who know that few things matter more than finding someone who loves them just the way they are.

©2018 Jea Hawkins (P)2019 Jea Hawkins

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  • Ana
  • 24-12-2019

Amazing!

Lovely story with great narration! Couldn’t put my phone down! Don’t pass this up. Love love love!

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  • Carey Durden
  • 06-04-2020

Just Wow

This book was so well written that I had to stop several times just to savor the storyline. Beautiful story, so emotional. Don't let the book cover fool you, I was blown away and had to stop to look up who the Author was... It is now my favorite audio book I have ever listened to! Lori Prince is super talented and brings such depth to this book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-2020

How about a sequel?

I just finished listening to this and I thought it was a great story, particularly about Marty and Vera. It doesn’t stick to the formulaic lesbian romance fiction but So what?-that’s the way life is. Anyway, I would love to see a sequel where we get to learn Vera’s story beyond the surface.

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  • Lira D.
  • 08-01-2020

Romance from the past is what kept me listening

The romance storyline from the past is what kept me listening. Like most others have said, I wasn't a fan of the current day storyline- the 2 just weren't very likeable or developed so I wasn't invested in their story. Now Marty, Vera and the elephant... I was all sucked into that story. I wish there had been more of that story. Overall it was well written and I love the concept. Lori's narration is great. I wasn't sure about the ending... only because they didn't spell it out for me and it made me feel like I was missing something. But the pre-ending was a nice plot twist.

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  • cjldypyro
  • 03-01-2020

As big as an elephant

Oh, what a book. The story grips you from the very beginning. I was pulling so hard for Brooke and Peyton. Wonderful story with superb narration. An elephant? Awesome. :)

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  • JL
  • 07-10-2020

Love this book!

A total roller coaster ride through history. I hope there’s a follow up book or books to tell ALL of the back stories!

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  • Wendy Burke
  • 22-04-2020

AMAZING!!!!!!!!

I never write reviews but..what a great story. So wonderfully intertwined of then and now.

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  • Debra
  • 08-03-2020

Excellent

This is an excellent story in its writing, meaning, emotion and how the author crafted it all together.

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  • Loui
  • 27-02-2020

Wonderfully different

I really enjoyed the different feel to this lesfic story. It didn’t follow the usual girl meets girl storyline that many do. An unusual but heartfelt piece of work that made me laugh and cry and being out all the emotions.

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  • Sab
  • 17-02-2020

This was a great book

But i am left with the want of more... you can’t end this story with the 1981 epilogue you need to tell the story of Vera, and the story of Brook and her wife. I will be looking for the sequel...

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  • J. Caddick
  • 04-04-2020

Didnt want it to end

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It was well written and narrated and had great and believable characters. I didn't want it to end. Will look out for more books for this author.

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  • Jude
  • 04-03-2020

Emotional, sad and hopeful at the same time

Pets. Some people have cats (I have two), some have dogs. Some even have chinchillas. Marty Bell had an elephant. And that’s not even what’s most surprising about her story. When her wife Brooke inherited her great-aunt Marty’s farm in upstate New York, Peyton Kennedy thought they’d sell it and go back to their life in New York City. Brooke insists on renovating the house and what Brooke wants, Brooke usually gets. Peyton knows how often undertaking such huge work can break a relationship, and their marriage is already shaky. But when they find a box full of letters and an old diary hidden behind drywall, Peyton immerses herself in Aunt Marty’s love affair with another woman, Vera, a circus worker. Historical novels are not my go-to at all. I like them well enough when I read them, but they’re rarely my first choice. Neither are flashbacks. I shouldn’t have liked this book so much. And yet here I am, giving it five stars. The letters and diary tell a story of young love (in every way, as Vera is seventeen and Marty eighteen when they first meet), discovery of oneself, of love, of loving someone of the same sex, of hoping for a future together and how life (and war) gets in the way, while, in parallel, Peyton and Brooke are a longish-term couple – they’ve been married for five years – in a rocky marriage. When the novel begins, Peyton is wondering whether it’s all worth the effort and keeps a divorce lawyer card in her wallet. The contemporary story is told from Peyton’s point of view so at first, all we see of Brooke is what Peyton is annoyed with. As the story develops, Brooke’s real personality breaks through and, through Peyton’s eyes, the reader gets to know a much less shallow and much more loving person. This couple seems doomed from the start yet Peyton comes to understand her wife is not the only one responsible for their problems and lets herself rediscover the woman she loves. Vera and Marty’s story, beyond their love and the elephant (there really is an elephant but I am not spoiling this), opens a window onto the life of women in the late 1930s, WWII and later. Their characters show that, despite their environment, strong women managed to live independent and, to some degree, happy lives. The main message of the novel is how much has changed (and still needs to change) for women in general, and for lesbians especially, but also that badass women have always been around. As Long As Love Lasts works really well as an audiobook. I love Lori Prince’s voice, I especially loved her voice for Brooke, and I’ll forgive the sometimes-awkward pauses for the way she says “desire”. All this makes for an emotional read / listen, sad and hopeful at the same time, with so many feelings that I’m not recovered yet.

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  • S
  • 20-12-2019

Bittersweet with so many twists and turns - incredible!

Such a wonderful book! I seldom give 5 stars for a book, but this one... i just had to! I haven’t had tears in my eyes throughout the whole book before. The story is so bittersweet and eye opening, I could recommend it to anyone! Especially people looking for a historic/modern tale of love and all the twists and turns. Makes you realise how hard it must have been being “different than the norm” back in the day! Highly recommend.

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  • Jd
  • 19-12-2019

Thank you

This is a clever, well thought out novel. I loved it. And no doubt will listen to it again and probably again.