They Do edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks

They Do edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks
F/F Anthology
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary, Historical
Length: Short Story (67 pages)
Other: F/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

They say a marriage takes work, but for these brides, getting to the altar may be the hardest part.

In “Frayed” by Alexandra Vaughn, Esther Goodwin’s first encounter with another girl ends almost as soon as it begins and it is several years before she allows herself to believe in love again. In “12,000 Hour Day” by Vrai Kaiser, Devon couldn’t be happier about the thought of being married to Sarah — it’s the planning she’s not sure she’ll survive! In “Her Dream Day”, by J. Chase, it’s the day before Alex and Sophia’s wedding, when the venue cancels, ruining their plans.

Weddings are public declarations of private commitments.There was a time when not every couple was able to take advantage of this in the United States, but times are slowly changing.

By far the best premise belonged to “Frayed.” It’s difficult to discuss it in detail without giving away spoilers, but I was engrossed in what it was like for Esther to live in a small, isolated town at a point when women like her weren’t accepted by society in the least. The writing was so crisp and clear that I wished this could have been a novella instead of a short story. At times it felt like I was stepping into someone else’s memories instead of reading a piece of fiction.

“Her Dream Day” caught my interest right away. Planning a wedding often involves a crisis or two. I was curious to see how Alex and Sophia would deal with what fate had in store for them. The hitch in their plans turned out to be something I found hard to believe. It isn’t something I’ve ever heard of happening before, and it seemed a little far-fetched for the subject matter of this collection.

At first I wondered what was going on with Devon and Sarah in “12,000 Hour Day.” There was so much conflict in their relationship in the beginning that I wondered how it could all be wrapped up in such a short amount of time. The author had a few tricks up her sleeve that I didn’t see coming, though, and I ended up quite satisfied with how everything was addressed.

I’d recommend They Do F/F Anthology to anyone in the market for erotica that is heavily character-driven.

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