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It's 1978 in an Australian country town and a dreamy fifteen-year-old girl's world is turned upside down by the arrival of the substitute English teacher. Solomon Andrews is beautiful, inspiring, and she wants him like nothing else she's wanted in her short life. Charismatic and unconventional, Solomon easily wins the hearts and minds of his third form English class. He notices the attention of one girl, his new neighbour, who has taken to watching him from her upstairs window. He assumes it a harmless teenage crush, until the erotic love notes begin to arrive. Solomon knows he must resist, but her sensual words stir him. He has longings of his own, although they have nothing to do with love, or so he believes. One afternoon, as he stands reading her latest offering in his driveway, she turns up unannounced. They must make a decision, and its consequences will haunt them until they meet again twenty years later.
About the Author
Kate Belle is a passionate author, adequate wife and devoted mum/step-mum.
Kate has long been a collector of erotic literature and believes a randy read can be almost as satisfying as good sex. Her unique brand of erotic fiction with a difference aims to entertain, arouse and give you something to think about. You might not get a boy-gets-girl traditional happy ending, but her heroines always find healing and resolution (and often a yummy man to love). It is her hope that her readers, both male and female, will gain inspiration and a fresh approach to their sex lives through this blog and her books.
This book was meant to be a leisure read. However found it quite disturbing. Really should not be read by teenagers as it encourages what the writer portrays in the book as normal conduct. Found it truly disappointing and a waste of money and time.
Huge 5 stars!
Some books have happy endings and make you satisfied because of that; some have cliffhangers and drive you mad in wait; others have a unique and perfect ending that makes you think.
The Yearning by Kate Belle the the last one, and I feel ( *shifty eyes* ) like I'm now a better type of human race for reading it. *smug face*
First of all, this is categorised as romance, but it read more like poetry at times, was always beautiful and flowed easily, and at other scenes it was more like erotica. What does this tell me? Best. Book. Ever! Well, for romance and such. I love quick reads, but this one had an extra special touch. Kate Belle can write and it's that "cherry on top" quality that made this book stand out from the other angsty romances that now all blend into one in my head. This one isn't really an angsty romance. It feels like real life. Not fluffed up for reading pleasure. It's like real life told over a span of time that's loveable, and hurt-y, and hot and thoughtful.
I found myself loving both the main character, and the first and main love interest, Solomon. They were both so...real? relatable? Maybe both. I'll call the main character MC or she because this book was told in third person, and was always narrated without her actual name. So. The MC as a teenager was captivating to read because she exuded the typical lust-driven, I'm-so-in-love teenager at 15/16, but in her own way. As she grew, I found myself nodding and agreeing with her thoughts. She just was written so well.
Strangely, Solomon was a favourite of mine, too. He was a hippie type, care-free, no responsibilities. He loved sex, lots of it, with no strings attached, ever. It was because of the depth of the characters that I was able to like Solomon. He never used the MC and he was more respectful than any other guy in her life. He is a kind man, who has a huge flaw in that he's great at love but just can't actually love one special woman.
I don't want to spoil the plot, but this story is told over many years and the fact Solomon is the MC's teacher causes many big problems for the prospect of their relationship. The Yearning never felt cheap by this teacher/student relationship. It was beautiful and different to what you're probably expecting.
I still don't think I've covered everything about why I loved this book so much, but it's safe to say it's one of my favourite romances ever and one you absolutely need to try.
***Huge 5 stars.***
Evocative and sensual
The plot of The Yearning extends beyond the scandalous affair between a teacher and a student, even beyond the a sensual coming of age story of an unnamed teenage girl in love with with a twenty something year old man. It is a compelling exploration of the nature of love, of lust, of longing and desire and how our early experiences with these emotions affect the way in which we resolve them as adults.
Beautifully crafted, The Yearning is an evocative, sensual novel exploring the connection between love and desire.
ISBN: 9781922052643 ISBN-10: 1922052647 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 336 Published: 1st May 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.28