Lesbian Romance

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Christabel by
Karin Kallmaker - Paperback




Deeper than the city streets, the subways, even the dry riverbeds that no longer flow, are the roots of a tree that remembers love and tragedy...

Financier Dina Rowland's assignment is to make fashion designer Leo Goranson a lot of money. But the more she knows of him, the more repugnant his personal life is to her. Not the least inconsequential is his unbreakable hold on his greatest asset: supermodel Christabel. One touch and the power--and responsibility--of Dina's long-hidden heritage threatens to crumble the careful plans she has made for her life.

Christa knows there is no escaping her tormentor, but she has a plan to deny him what he ultimately wants from her. The past can't be changed. Having long accepted her fate she is unprepared for the wild feelings that Dina's eyes arouse in her. There is passion, certainly, but also the rarest feeling of all to her: hope.

This revised and augmented edition of Karin Kallmaker's gothic tale of two captive souls will move and inspire a new generation of readers. Originally published in 1998 under the pen name of Laura Adams, this imaginative and passionate story is sure to please new and old fans alike.

© 1998, 2008 196 pages 63,043 words


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Christabel was inspired by Samuel Coleridge's epic poem. I owe pioneer Jeanette Foster a debt of gratitude for her work in Sex Variant Women in Literature which detailed the poem's lesbian subtext. Unlike Coleridge, I presume that a witch met in the woods is a good witch.


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Reading from Christabel 


Christabel is part ghost story and part a traditional tale of good and evil. It is a story told over time, going back and forth from the days of colonial America to the modern business and financial district of New York City. It is also the love story of Christabel and Dina; a love that has lasted through time.

Just as the story of Christabel is told partly in the present, and partly in the past, so do the voices telling the story change. First from a first person narrative, and then to the third person. Through it all, we see the characters of Christabel, Dina, and the evil designer, Leo Goranson. Christabel and Dina first meet when New York City is still a colony, recently taken from the Dutch by the English. Christabel is a colonial girl, born in what is now Long Island. Dina is a member of the Manhattan tribe, who once controlled the area. Christabel and Dina, then called Rahdonee, meet and fall in love. Their happiness is interrupted by Reverend Gorony, the village pastor.

Now the reader moves in time to New York City where Dina Rowland, investment broker, is trying to line up capital for Leo Goranson, best known for his designs and for his fabulous model, Christabel. As Dina and Christabel meet the same sparks fly that were there hundreds of years ago. This time, however, it is Leo who is trying to keep them apart. How the fight between good and evil plays is the exciting climax to the intriguing novel.

Christabel is the perfect read for a dark night, a cozy armchair and a warm fire in the fireplace. It will definitely draw the reader in and keep the pages turning until the last page.
(regarding first edition of Christabel, 1998)

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