The Feasting Virgin~A Review

 

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The Feasting Virgin by Georgia Kolias is not an easy book to review. This book is so very different from any other lesbian book I have ever read. That is not a bad thing.

This is the story of Xeni, a first generation Greek American who meets Callie and her baby, Manny. Callie wants to lean to cook Greek food so that her boyfriend’s Greek mother might accept her as worthy. She pleads with Xeni for help when she finds that Xeni is very knowledgeable in Greek cooking. Thus begins a friendship that will morph into much more, and take these characters on a journey that no one expects.

There are so many words I could use to describe this novel. It is sensual, heart-breaking, uplifting, raw, loving, complex, and gripping. It is also unsettling, and really made me think and feel all kinds of emotions. And of course this book contains some of the best Greek recipes in the world with step-by-step instructions on how to shop and make these delicious dishes. Some of these cooking scenes are as sensual as love scenes themselves.

The Feasting Virgin is an brilliantly written story. The plot is complex and engaging. The characters are very well developed and almost disturbingly real. I loved how the author used both first and third person point of view (Xeni was always written in first person POV). Writing the story this way seemed to make everything seem more realistic.

I do want to give a trigger warning. There is mention of a character having to go through some mental health issues as well as mention of a miscarriage and past abuse in a character’s life. Just be aware that these are a part of the story.

This is Ms. Kolias’ debut novel, and I believe it is absolutely magnificent. I can’t wait to see more from this author. This is not an easy book to read, but I’m very glad I did.

Thanks to Bywater Books for giving me the chance to read and honestly review this book.

 

 

 

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