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The Loves of Natalie Greenbaum Book I

K.J. McElrath

"Nearing the end of her long existence, ninety-five year old Natalie Greenbaum -- big band vocalist and jazz singer, wife, mother and a lesbian -- reflects on the events of her life, the people she has loved and her personal struggles and triumphs during the tumultuous decades of the mid-20th Century, a time when homosexuality was considered a form of mental illness and even criminal behaviour.

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"Starting in the spring of 1929 when Natalie is nineteen years old, the story unfolds of Natalie's first love affair, setting her on a life-long journey toward self-acceptance and the struggle to remain true to who she is in a world hostile to those like herself. It is a story of being "The Other," and how society's outsiders find ways to survive - and sometimes, even thrive."

 

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"Can I help you with the dishes?" Eva asked, rising from the table later, after the meal. Natalie set down the empty bowl and wineglass she had been holding. She took Eva's hands lovingly and looked at them as she raised them to her lips. As she caressed them, she noticed how smooth and soft they were. She's never done a lick of real work in her life, Natalie thought -- then immediately chided herself for the petty thought. Eva couldn't help the circumstances of her birth...

She leaned forward and kissed Eva lightly, but lingeringly. "You're sweet to offer, hon," she said. "But no -- you're my guest...go on, relax -- stay awhile."

Eva smiled and went into the front room as Natalie picked up dishes and carried them into the kitchen.

As she finished washing and drying the last of the dishes, she heard the sound of a record playing on the Victrola -- a familiar piano introduction, followed by herself singing:

"Now that we're together --

Now that it's me and you --

There's nothing we can't weather --

It's true..."

Holding the plate she was drying, she walked out of the kitchen and into the front room to find Eva standing over the Victrola, listening.

"Do you like it?" Natalie asked.

She saw Eva reach up to her face. She appeared to be wiping away a tear. "It's wonderful," she said. "Can I -- have a copy?"

Natalie set the plate down on the table and walked over to Eva, slipping her arms around her waist from behind. "There isn't any," she said. "That's a one-off."

"Oh..." said Eva.

"You can have that one, though," Natalie said.

Eva turned. "Really?"

Natalie nodded. "I did that especially for you," she said. She giggled. "I was going to wrap it up and give it to you tonight or tomorrow morning -- but you found it."

"Oh, Natalie," Eva sighed. As the record continued playing, Eva placed a hand on Natalie's shoulder. They began to dance, slowly.

The recording came to an end. Eva and Natalie continued swaying, gazing into each other's eyes... their faces moved closer...their lips met...

A few minutes later, Natalie was sitting on the divan, Eva lying across her lap, face up. They were kissing more passionately and intensely than they ever had before, practically devouring each other's faces. Eva reached for Natalie's breast and began squeezing gently. Natalie gasped; again, they kissed ravenously, thrusting their tongues deep into one another's mouths, sucking and gnawing eagerly.

Eva then hitched up her dress and placed Natalie's hand along her thigh, moving it higher...

"Nattie...darling," Eva gasped between kisses, "let's take off our clothes."

Natalie stopped. She looked at Eva. "Right here? Now?"

Eva smiled and nodded. "Unless you have your own room..."

Natalie nodded. "Upstairs...but..."

Again, Eva kissed Natalie's mouth. "I want you so much, Natalie...I want to give myself to you...completely..."

Natalie began trembling. Part of her wanted it...but part of it terrified her. As far as she knew, the last time she had been naked with someone else was as a baby when her mother Emmaline or Cordelia were changing her diapers.

"I love you," Eva whispered, brushing her lips against Natalie's, teasing with her tongue. "Let's get undressed...let's make love..."

Slowly, Eva stood up and reached for Natalie's hand...Natalie took it, gently.

Together, the two young women walked to the staircase and started up...

 

REVIEWS

   

If you are in the mood for a strong lesbian protagonist, a host of interesting characters, a foray into the popular music of America during the first part of the last century and a rollicking good plot, then you are in for a treat. Jeanne D'eau has written the first book in what is to be a series of LGBT romance novels, entitledThe Loves of Natalie Greenbaum Book One.

While the entire book series will cover several generations of the leading lady's family history, in this first book the reader is introduced to Natalie Greenbaum, who at age 95 is about to give a final concert for her fans. The volume then becomes a reminisce that covers Natalie's early years, growing up in her inclusive family and making her way as a professional singer during the Jazz Age of the late 1920s and 1930s. For those who enjoy a bit of history in their novels, Ms. D'eau has added all of the details that will bring this eventful time period to life for the reader, from the characters' everyday activities to sweeping events that effected the nation. As an added treat, the narrative includes original song lyrics written in the style of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and other popular songwriters of the day. Gay characters in the novel are treated with respect, and shown in loving and caring relationships as well as those that end more tragically.

Deft dialogue and a unpredictable plot keep the reader engaged to the very end, and wanting more. Happily, the second book in the series will be available soon.

The Loves of Natalie Greenbaum is available from Club Lighthouse Publishing at their website, and also as a Kindle selection on Amazon.com.

Sara George

Jeanne D'eau has a way of bringing a historical period to graphic life, with incredibly vivid characters and settings. I found myself laughing and crying with Natalie throughout the story. (And while I was sorry to see it end, the good news is that a sequel is in the works.)

A large part of this story's tremendous appeal lies in Ms. D'eau's attention to detail (for example, how to drive an early Model T Ford). I felt as if I was looking through a window into everyday life during the Jazz Age, the Great Depression and the years leading up to World War II. Classic movie buffs will be delighted with Ms. D'eau's vivid depiction of Hollywood during its heyday in the late 1930s - including the gay and lesbian scene of the time (get ready for a few surprises, here - Ms.D'eau's research brings a few prominent stars of the Silver Screen out of the closet).

Add to this some of the most erotic, soft-core love scenes ever written, and you have the ingredients of a first-rate story. This is a must-read for anyone looking for steamy lesbian romance (in addition to a character who is possibly the most complex and unusual gay man this reviewer has ever come across in LGBT literature) as well as fans of the Big Band Era and those interested in American LGBT history prior to the Stonewall Riots.

Beatrice Jenneson

"I love this story!"

Debbie Scarlet

5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T MISS THIS BOOK!!!,November 10, 2013

By

Douglas Lay

This review is from:The Loves of Natalie Greenbaum: Book 1

This is a brilliant book. I was immediately taken in by these characters & this amazing story. Not just a testament to the LGBT lifestyle, but a beautifully written history of our country's evolution. Fascinating, illuminating & a darn good read. I cannot recommend this book higher, bravo!

5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of family values,December 5, 2013

By

Kate Mura

This review is from: The Loves of Natalie Greenbaum (Kindle Edition)

I hope that everyone who touts 'family values' reads this book to experience such a different spectrum of deep family love. And even though I know this is a work of fiction - excellently written fiction - I hope that The Loves of Natalie Greenbaum unwittingly celebrates family structures that were around before 'gay rights.' I also really enjoyed all the references to old singers and songs. One line in particular stays with me, when talking about love and how to have enough for all the important people in your life... "oh baby girl, you don't divide, you multiply." My sentiments exactly.

Jeanne D'eau has a way of bringing a historical period to graphic life, with incredibly vivid characters and settings. I found myself laughing and crying with Natalie throughout the story. (And while I was sorry to see it end, the good news is that a sequel is in the works.) A large part of this story's tremendous appeal lies in Ms. D'eau's attention to detail (for example, how to drive an early Model T Ford). I felt as if I was looking through a window into everyday life during the Jazz Age, the Great Depression and the years leading up to World War II. Classic movie buffs will be delighted with Ms. D'eau's vivid depiction of Hollywood during its heyday in the late 1930s - including the gay and lesbian scene of the time (get ready for a few surprises, here - Ms.D'eau's research brings a few prominent stars of the Silver Screen out of the closet). Add to this some of the most erotic, soft-core love scenes ever written, and you have the ingredients of a first-rate story. This is a must-read for anyone looking for steamy lesbian romance (in addition to a character who is possibly the most complex and unusual gay man this reviewer has ever come across in LGBT literature) as well as fans of the Big Band Era and those interested in American LGBT history prior to the Stonewall Riots. Beatrice Jenneson

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Taking a completely new approach to the historical romance genre.,January 26, 2014

By James Houston

This review is from: The Loves of Natalie Greenbaum (Kindle Edition)

I feel that this is a fresh and novel approach to the historical romance. There have been many novels written about the subject of classic heterosexual romance but Ms. D'eau has brought some originality to this genre. For far too long, the formula was predictable and frankly rather bored and hackneyed. The LGBT community has been largely ignored until recently, like the African-American Tuskegee Airmen, the Buffalo Soldiers and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry were ignored until the late 80s and early 90s. I commend Ms. D'eau for her ability to tell a new and exciting tale and breathe life into our ingenue Natalie! Bravo! Rated: Five Stars

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