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Boston - What happens to lovers after the happy-ever-after moment? What goes on behind the closed doors of a relationship once the commitment is made? What does romance turn into when the hands of time keep turning? Olive Oil and White Bread is a novel that dares to answer those questions.

Angie Righetti is the daughter of a sprawling but close-knit Italian American family. She's out and they're proud. Jillian Clark's family is the white bread to Angie's olive oil. Stoic and emotionally buttoned up, they don't want to think about Jillian's sexuality. It's 1988 when they move in together, on the brink of starting their careers. Like every couple at the start of their life together, they expect to live happily ever after. And for 23 years life happens: They change jobs, buy a house, get a dog, and deal with money issues and the death of a parent. They fight, love, cry, play, make mistakes, have regrets, and try to be good to each other and to everybody else. Like most of us they tumble into a routine that turns into a rut that leads to distraction and danger.

In 96 Hours, Georgia Beers gave herself the challenge of writing a romance set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. And she succeeded, coming up with a book that garnered awards and great reviews. She returns with a new challenge - writing a romance that starts, rather than ends, with the happy-ever-after.

©2014 Georgia Beers (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Iris Pereyra
  • 01-01-2015

Sweet, romantic and ultimately insightful story

I must admit that during the first chapters of these novel I was a little dissapointed as the story seemed trite and pretty formulaic, which I guess should not come as a total surprise for this genre. But after reading Ms. Beer's 96 hours, I have come to expect good writing and a deeper type of story-line from her.

The novel is divided in chapters that are told in chronological order and follow the relationship of Angie and Jillian, from its beginning when they moved together in 1988 thru the summer of 2011. So in a way, this is the anti-romantic novel that cares to ask the question, what happens when the honeymoon is over and a relationship falls into the day to day routine? Obviously most couples expect go live happy ever after, but we know that's not how things happen in real life.

For the most part of the book the author throws a few tidbits of pop-culture and well as of the politics of the day, to keep you aware of what's going on in the world but this is really keep to a minimum as it mostly follows the two main characters and how their personal lives and their relationship develops.

I should point out that the books goes a little deeper into two landmark events for the LGTB community in the Unites States and these are given special attention, one is the airing of The Ellen Degeneres show, more specifically the episode when Ellen comes out. The second one is the passing of the Marriage Equality Act, by the New York state legislation in June 2011.

I thought that Ms. Beers does a very good job at incorporating these events into the storyline and allows us to experience first hand how they were felt by Angie and Jillian but also by their friends and families. I got very emotional when I read these passages of the book and was particularly moved to see that the author have both straight and gay people celebrate these truly remarkable events.

The relationship story of Angie and Jillian also breaks the mold of your typical lesbian romance as they experience life, its valleys and mountains, ups and downs, but eventually mature and make the necessary sacrifices that are required for any couple, straight of gay, to stay together.

Overall, this is a romantic, witty and insightful read that I enjoyed a lot but I was also able to appreciate how much Ms. Beers have improved as a writer but also as a literary voice representing well the LGTB community.

The Narrator, Abby Craden as usual, does a good job with her narration,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-2019

Excellent

Loved it. Takes you through 22 years with all the ups and downs.
Abby Craden is phenomenal as usual. The characters come to life in her expert care.

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  • Happy Woman
  • 15-03-2018

Laughing, crying, holding my breath

Another compelling love story, this time for the long haul. What happens after the initial lust & bunnymoon (when a new couple meets and goes ‘under ground’ and makes like rabbits for months). This story is real - real with challenges, real with love, real with differences in families, real with real life. Period.
As it spans over several decades and I’m a lesbian in the same age as the characters, I can remember the Ellen parties and Ellen’s coming out episode and how historic it was! Remembering the horror of 9/11. Marriage legalization in the state of New York.
I liked how Georgia Beers titles chapters based on a song from the year the chapter takes place.

So, basically I’m saying this was a lovely book and I had all the emotions. I couldn’t wait to listen to it, and yet, didn’t want it to end. Well done!

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  • Sborman
  • 22-03-2018

Fantastic

Fantastic story!!! The performance by Abby Craden was a winner like always! if your a fan of either lady it's a MUST listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-2015

A great story

While I usually prefer reading books, it was fun listening to this one while traveling. The narrator was excellent. The story was also excellent. Very nice to follow a couple through the ups and downs of a many year relationship, and it all rang true. You will probably see your own relationship, or others you know, in the story of this relationship.

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  • steph
  • 24-03-2015

Different

Very different story line but I was pulled in to the years that past. And my of even learned a few things. This is a good story well worth you time .

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  • Toni Mucciarone
  • 04-09-2021

Not okay

I somehow knew this was going to go wrong. The main characters got together too soon in the book for it to have a happy ending. And I have no idea if there was a happy ending because I had to stop only about an hour from the end. The second one of them cheated I was done. Cheating on your partner is never okay. And especially not in a romance novel I’m listening to for fun and a way to escape the grind of my own life. If I wanted to feel like crap while involved in a story I could just have real life. It sucks because I have generally like the author but this has made me not want to read any more of her books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-08-2021

Loved the time line

Loved it. Showed the ups and down of life. Cried & laugh. All emotions felt. Keep the narrator, second time had listen to her and enjoyed every bit of the story narrated by her.

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  • CCtheOneandOnly
  • 20-08-2021

My new favorite book

I have read many of Georgia Beers’ books. This one is my new favorite. It made me laugh and cry. The love story is real and relatable. I also enjoyed how the story coincided with major American events that I lived through and remember vividly. This is a must read!

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  • Radleks
  • 19-08-2021

Excellent story & performance!

This story of Angie and Jillian through their relationship is well written with the ups and downs of life. The author captures life as a couple moving through life events extremely well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was sad for it to end. Definitely recommend this book!

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  • Claire
  • 19-05-2020

Georgia Beers excels again!

This is only the second of Georgia Beers books I've "read" but will now be getting through more. Despite the unfortunate narration -I found the performance at times slightly annoying- the story was wonderful (as was 96 hours). This is the only author I can think of who can have me laughing out loud, crying and enjoying intimate scenes with the same intensity in just a few words. Her characters are beautifully observed and the story is a gripping observation of life. Fantastic book.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 10-09-2021

beautiful life story

this is the most poignant book in this genre I've listened to, extremely moving but turbulent, in 2011 I can imagine, and hope, there were more proposals on one day than ever before, happy ending at the start, a life span any relationship can identify with in some way, and an emotional happy ending, writer and narrator excelled to create a work of art.

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  • Julia
  • 13-08-2021

An emotional rollercoaster of a read!

This book is both heartbreaking and uplifting. It charts the story of Angie and Jillian from the 90’s through to 2011. It is one of the most real and honest books I’ve read. I cried, laughed, and cried some more! I even shouted out loud at Jillian at one point! This is a departure from Georgia Beers’s usual script, but I enjoyed every breathtaking moment.

Abby Craden’s narration is faultless as always.

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  • lc
  • 27-05-2021

True to life

Great story but I use the word story lightly,as a woman who has loved another woman for the past 21years this book was a snippet in the real world of a long lasting relationship.brilliantly written and narration fabulous.This isn't the usual romance novel it's a thought provoking tail of lust love and infidelity,recriminations and the power of true love.bravo 👏

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  • Laura Dixon
  • 17-03-2015

Easy going and enjoyable

Nice read, but why do all romantic fictions always have a cheating storyline? Enjoyable and easy going book - would recommend.

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