Release day: The Yearning
Today is the official release of The Yearning by Kate Belle (paperback, Simon & Schuster Australia). Here’s the blurb:
It’s 1978 in a 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. What they choose to do next will haunt them until they meet again twenty five years later.
Kate dropped by to tell us a little more about this book:
The Yearning is a dark, sensual and dangerous tale of forbidden first love and its consequences. It’s a love story, as opposed to a traditional romance, loaded with eroticism and page-turning drama. Step back into the 1970s, the time of Puberty Blues, when the world’s boundaries were shifting and country Australia was still a place of innocence and predictability. Or was it? Having grown up in a sleepy country town in central Victoria, I know how easily a scenario like this could happen. Thirty-plus years ago, student-teacher relationships were scandalous, but not uncommon. In The Yearning I wanted to explore the impact of being young and falling hopelessly and completely in love with the wrong person, and how that experience could taint your expectations of relationships for the rest of your life.
You can find out more on Kate’s website.