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  • Create a Life to Love

  • By: Erin Zak
  • Narrated by: Lula Larkin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Summary

Romance novelist Jackie Mitchell has built a life that works: few responsibilities, friends that know she’s far from outgoing, and sex whenever she needs it. She has her past, but she doesn’t think about it. Ever.

All that changes when she finds the child she gave up for adoption standing on the doorstep. Now 16 years old, Beth Weber is resourceful, a blossoming artist, and a spitting image of her birth mom. To say Jackie is stunned is the understatement of the year.

When Jackie meets Beth’s adoptive mom, Susan, they’re immediately attracted to each other, but there’s no way Jackie is getting involved with a married woman, especially Beth’s mom. But when Susan and Beth need a place to stay and end up back on Jackie’s doorstep, their lives change forever.

Will these three women who share a past and face an uncertain future be able to forge a life of love together?

©2019 Erin Zak (P)2021 Bold Strokes Books Inc
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Erin Zak lets abusers off the hook in this story

SHAME ON YOU Erin Zak: A shrink who stays in a physically abusive relationship!!??? I don't think so!

The premise of this story, that a psychologist practitioner in a substance abuse setting, where violence is a common occurence, would stay in a physically abusive relationship with a man is not believable. That the same woman would excuse her partner's behaviour by describing it as "temperamental" not only undermines the character and the story but sends out a disturbing message to abused people. Erin's story lets violent men - especially those who are abusive to women - off the hook by describing their behaviour as a character flaw.

Abused women are already let down by the predominantly male mainstream media and police who excuse male violence and let men who abuse women and children off the hook 9 times out of 10. If the media bother to comment at all they highlight the 0.05% of cases where women are violent and ignore the 99% of cases where violence is committed by men.

I would have expected better from an educated female author, who's research, if she had done it thoroughly, would have told her that a woman in the psychology profession would know how to access the resources to leave an abusive partner. Erin Zak leaves out that every psychologist in a clinical setting would, as part of their job, be talking regularly to colleagues during which time the depression that she uses as a reason for Susan not leaving her husband, and the abuse she is suffering would come out. GET REAL ERIN AND STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR MEN!

The narration from Lula Larkin is disappointing. She uses the same voice throughout, which is confusing, and I got muddled about who was speaking. It also became monotonous to listen to and especially irritating when the author described one character's accent as thick Chicargo. Although I'm no expert, being English, but wouldn't the characters from the Florida area have their own accent too?

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  • Sab
  • 13-08-21

Excellent listen

this is a great story, I thought there will be more drama with the husband, but it was Ok that’s he didn’t cause problems.
The MCs were loveable and courageous. and narration was great.

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  • Kate C
  • 12-08-22

Really?

So let's put aside for a moment the fact that a lot of regional things were very wrong… I'm not really sure why a dude in Atlanta is drinking Yuengling but OK. What bothered me more was the way were just supposed to except the domestic abuse. I don't really have time for abuse apologists. Like the husband just shows up and apologizes and we're supposed to be OK with that. He still beat his wife. That's not really excusable Or so forgettable. I just really didn't like the way the abuse with dealt with this entire story. The rest of it was pretty clever I guess but that pretty much ruined it for me.

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  • Ren Harlyn
  • 05-07-22

Loved, Loved, loved this book!

I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I would have to say it is one of the best lesbian romance books I’ve ever read. It could have to do with the fact that I was adopted, who knows? But, I would recommend this read to anyone who loves lesbian romance. Not to mention, the narrator was awesome! I will probably listen to it over and over, as I enjoyed it that much. Highly recommend!

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  • Steph
  • 25-03-22

Love it!!

Loved the story. Loved that it was told from the 3 character’s points of view and loved the narration!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-22

Super Sappy, lesbian U haul romance

So this story began pretty well with some interesting aspects. About half way through it became predictable. There was some decent character development but...omg the whinnyness of all 3 main characters and the narator had me hoping it would end soon. If you really like corn syrup sweet romance then this is your read otherwise look elsewhere.

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  • Sondra A., Cobb
  • 27-02-22

Great Listen!

Erin Zak, not sure why I didn't get this book sooner. I've loved the other books of yours and should've known I'd be happy with this one too. infact, I think this is my favorite audiobook by Erin Zak. The story was adorable with just the smallest bit of drama considering the situations. I loved all the characters. The dialogue was very real. Now that it's done I wish it didn't end. Narration was good. Definitely recommend this audiobook!!!!

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  • Kira Fields
  • 17-01-22

Lovely

Simply lovely. Loved the plot and the narrator. Fell in love with the characters. Making a connection to the characters was easy to do, do to the writing style. Just enjoyable!

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  • Tammi
  • 10-01-22

Really good.

A lot better than I was expecting. I’m glad there wasn’t so much drama that it distracted from the story. I had to settle into the narrator, though. Her voice was a little too anxious sounding for me at first, but once I adjusted I really enjoyed listening to the book.

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  • S. Sawatzki
  • 08-11-21

Not for me - totally unrealistc from word go.

Gave this back after 20 min. A 16 year old runs away, uses her mother's creditcard than rocks up with her birthmother back home and all the mother has to say is "hi" - in what world is that?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-10-21

Listening close

I liked the story line without the daughter being gay too. And the narrator voices were all too close. Let’s do a spin off of the best friend….