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The Full Legacy - Jane Retzig

Lesbian romantic thriller. If at least 2 of those 3 words strike your fancy, you might want to check this book out.

The wonderful thing about living in the 21st century is that indie authors can put their work out there, and it they are clever with social media they can draw in some readers. The Full Legacy is a perfect example.

It wasn't historical (at least, I am not ready to call anything set in 1993 historical) but it did capture the period well without fetishizing it. There were answering machines with cassette tapes, the occasional brick mobile phone, and Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon. But there were also timeless elements such as parties, jobs and family. It was a time where acceptance of gays and lesbians was tentative, and most would not put GLBT rights high on their list of important issues. In this regard, the author really captured the tightness of the lesbian community, and whether this tightness was out of desire or necessity, I have no doubt that there were many parties depicted like that of the opening scene. BTW, this party includes a 'how many lesbians does it take to screw in a lightbulb' joke, a bit of self deprecating humor is never a bad thing.

As for the thriller portion, it was slow creep and it takes a bit for the reader to realize that something fishy is happening. If you don't read book blurbs, you might get deep into the book before you start realizing that some weird shit is happening. And with all good thrillers, you really don't know who to trust.

Audiobook comments - (I received a free copy from an AudiobookBlast promo in exchange for an honest review). Production quality of this audiobook was decent. It clearly didn't have the budget or production value found with big-publishers. However, the narrator a good job, and with practice she could become a regular on the narrator circuit. There were a few spots where volume went dodgy and sometimes the narrator was difficult to understand when she seemed to swallow the words. I feel like an ugly American making such a comment, but there you go.

And now for unsolicited marketing advice from Katie - I would encourage the author to tie the audiobook and and Kindle version of the ebook into a Whispersync deal. I don't know many people who would give up a precious audible credit for a relatively unknown indie author, but they might consider paying 0.99 or 1.99 for an audiobook deal, especially if they can get the Kindle book at discount as well.