A mostly black community with its roots in farming, Goslyn, Virginia lay just south of the State's Capital. The once small, close-knit county had grown rapidly in the past two decades and boasted a population of just over fifty thousand. But the county's crime stats had grown as well, and the latest offenses included several break-ins and rumors of a meth lab. Time had brought many changes, and many of the longtime folks of Goslyn no longer recognized their community and longed for days gone by. Goslyn PD Detective Olivia "Ollie" Winston loves her family and friends and shows it through her sense of humor. Just like her neighbors, she too worries about the recent events, and it's her job to find out who's behind the crime spree. While investigating three burglaries, Olivia meets IRS Special Agent Maureen Jeffries who is pursuing a tax fraud suspect. Their cases are connected, and both soon discover they have much in common, personally and professionally. Excerpt from Goslyn County: "I think we've talked about everything except politics and sex," Olivia said out of the blue. Maureen blushed and was speechless. "Sorry, Maureen. I don't know where that came from." "Don't worry about it. You just reminded me of Carol, my receptionist. She's far more graphic though. Let's make another date so we can talk about politics. Then...perhaps a third date for sex? I mean, to talk about it."
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Goslyn County, by A.M. McKnight was a surprisingly great read! That is said because this is an author I have never heard of and while the topic of the book was not foreign to me, I did not know what to expect. Goslyn, Virginia is a small farming town where everyone knows everyone else. In the Spring and Summer, they get together and work the community garden, sip lemonade and gossip about every and anything.
While both main characters, Olivia and Maureen, grew up in the area, they did not know each other. They meet while investigating a break in at an accountant’s office, where the stolen records become part of a tax fraud case.
In addition to growing up in the same area, the two woman have much in common. Both women knew they were lesbians from a young age and were hurt by people who they expected to be the loves of their lives. Because of this they are reluctant to jump in to a new relationship.
While investigating the case, from different angles, they slowly begin a relationship. This relationship is complicated by all the twist and turns the author throws in to the case. This case not only includes tax fraud, but a meth lab, auto theft, prison breaks, alcoholism, baby momma drama and a few other exciting issues.
Most of all the author treats the romance between Ollie and Maureen like any other romance. She shows how even though they are same sex they still date, worry about what to wear on a date, where to go eat, what to talk about, etc., just like any other couple. I look forward to reading other works by this author.
-Reviewed by Selina