Review — “Strange Bedfellows” by Q. KellySeptember 6, 2011
Frances Dourne is the daughter of a pastor and the president of “Gay is a Choice,” an organization that wants to “help” gay people choose a straight life, just like Frances did many years ago. But Frances has stopped believing in the principles of her company long ago.
Now she’s preparing to come out to her family and to the public.
She hires a prostitute, Elena, to have a sounding board for her coming-out plan.
At first glance, these two women couldn’t be more different, but if you look more deeply, they have a lot in common. They both have suffered losses and kept secrets. Both lost a child, Elena when her ten-year-old son drowned and Frances when her husband, an ex ex-gay, came out and kidnapped their three-year-old daughter ten years ago.
At first, both stick to the rules of their professional relationship, but they quickly grow closer. The growing intimacy between them scares them both.
“Strange Bedfellows” is a captivating novel. I stayed up until 3 a.m. because I wanted to find out more about the interesting characters. The author avoids head hopping and brings us deeply into the characters’ point of views. The main characters are three-dimensional and likable; they struggle with their fears and I couldn’t help rooting for them.
Some issues could have been explored more fully toward the end, but it’s still a very satisfying read.
The editing was very well-done too (just a typo or two), so I highly recommend this self-published author’s novel.