This is the long-awaited prequel to Marianne K Martin's classic lesbian romance, "Mirrors". Moni seeks the healing touch that only another woman can give, but Paige turns out to be a heart breaker. Devastated, Moni vows to never get close to a woman again - until she looks into Katherine's sweet, seductive eyes. Moni Matteson is a young woman too old for her years and too young for her dreams. At 17, she has known for some time that her happiness would come from the love of a woman. She finds it at first in the arms of Paige Flemming, a woman with an unknown past and a questionable future. Through the rhythm of the dance, Paige teaches her to want and need love. Then, during a lonely morning after, she leaves her. Devastated. Moni goes to college, where for three years she struggles to maintain her belief that there could be someone with whom she can share her life. Then, unexpectedly, she finds herself in a temporary teaching job with Katherine Cunningham, a woman whose career is masking her own loneliness. They teach side by side, while Moni secretly falls in love.
Afraid to expose her feelings, she endures a long guessing game before Katherine makes the moves that propel them both into a relationship. Only after a shocking reunion with Paige does Moni believe in the stability of her relationship with Katherine, and finally in herself.
"Under the Witness Tress is a multi-dimensional love story woven with rich themes of family and the search for roots. This is a novel of discovery that reaches into the deeply personal and well beyond. Marianne Martin acheives new heights with this lovingly researched and intelligent novel." - Katherine V. Forrest "Martin is a wonderful storyteller and a graceful writer with a light, witty touch." - Ann Bannon"