New Beginnings

New Beginnings

By: Cori Garrison

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A Lesbian Romance


When we meet Sam Evans she is in the midst of a tragedy. As it often happens with tragedy, in the blink of an eye her entire life changes. She’s not quite sure that she can get through it all, but her sister Shawn, and Shawn’s best friend Jenna step up to care for her in the wake of the calamity.

This is a story about the bond between these three women and the bonds that they make because solidarity has kept them together through the toughest curves life has thrown at them to date. While it is a novella, it is jam packed with more than enough twists and turns to grasp and keep the attention.

Ironically, I cozied up with this novella while I was caught in the middle of one of life’s storms. A family friend fell sick and was hospitalized with pneumonia among other complications resulting from the illness. I was looking for an escape from the stress, and while this book does deal with some of the more difficult aspects of life, it never seemed so dark that it appeared hopeless.

I think that’s what this story hits on the most. Hope. There will always be a silver lining. It’s a look at how family and friends who have turned themselves into family in our lives will really come through for us when the going gets tough. Other reviews talk of editing issues, and sure, there are definitely some things that could have used work on the grammatical end, but I gave my inner critic permission to suspend judgement and just enjoy the story for what it was. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed that I did.

There’s even a Christmas scene which seemed just right for the holidays I’m gearing up for even as I sneak away from Christmas shopping and running around to hide away in my reading corner.

At 74 pages it’s a short read which is nice for a little date with your favorite reading device. I’m glad that there’s a sequel after this one titled The Human Side and I hear that there is yet another book in the works. I’m looking forward to reading them both and getting back to you all about these beautiful women who have formed a bond even stronger than blood in this story.

The book gets a definite recommendation from me, and I’m keeping an eye on the author because her stories have so much promise. The author is a one-woman show, single handedly producing her work, creating the cover art, marketing, managing social media and of course, the writing. As a one-woman show myself, I know first-hand and can sympathize with the struggle and congratulate her success. I’m more than happy to support and uplift a fellow female writer. Take a look at her website and blog, it is so worth it to get to know her a little deeper. Her message is always uplifting, positive, and universal. Every one of us is worth it 🙂

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About Avery Rose

I'm a 30-something year old living in my native New York...I adore the city, writing, books, tea, music, long walks and rainbows :) Aaaand What happens to a dream deferred? In my opinion it gets sucked up dry and spat out as a gnarled petrified mass of what the heart used to I'm also coming out as a writer who wrestles with questions of identity, reality, race and even sexuality. I'm having fun finally writing my own story. Feel free to help :)


  1. Thank you so much for your kind review Avery! ~ Cori Garrison

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