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For 39-year-old Johnelle Morrissey, the American Dream is a successful career in medical technology, a stately home in historic Charleston, SC, and happy times with the people she loves most—her husband Dwight, their teenage son Ian and her oldest friend Alice Choate. That dream shatters on a routine business trip when her plane goes down shortly after takeoff, leaving herFor 39-year-old Johnelle Morrissey, the American Dream is a successful career in medical technology, a stately home in historic Charleston, SC, and happy times with the people she loves most—her husband Dwight, their teenage son Ian and her oldest friend Alice Choate. That dream shatters on a routine business trip when her plane goes down shortly after takeoff, leaving her with only clouded memories of her former life.Devastated by the tragedy, Alice teams with the family to help Johnelle recover. For hours on end they talk about their lives, reminiscing on the moments that formed their friendship over the years, with Alice guarding her most closely held secret—that she’s been in love with Johnelle for as long as she can remember.Johnelle begins pulling the memories together, eventually recalling the significant events of her life—the college years, her wedding and the joys of raising her son. What she can’t remember are feelings of love for Dwight. As her physical injuries heal, the depressing return to her marriage is more than she can bear…especially since her heart wants Alice....

Title : Etched in Shadows
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ISBN : 9781594933738
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Etched in Shadows Reviews

  • Jem
    2019-03-16 20:41

    For me, the best thing about this book was the friendship between Johnelle and Alice. Their deep emotional bond transcended marriage. Even if it was entirely platonic, their love for each other was very evident. I love that Alice stayed in Johnelle's life even after she knew she could never have her. It seems to be more reflective of real life than what we normally read in lesfic--the usual trope that if she can't have the love of her life, then she should stay as far away as possible. It shows that women can have meaningful relationships that are just as emotionally satisfying as marriages and raising families. But of course, this being lesfic, Johnelle gets to have her cake and eat it too. :)4.5 stars

  • Agirlcandream
    2019-03-16 21:27

    The main premise of Etched in Shadows hits a bit too close to home for this reader,minus the plane crash. Those of us who conformed to society's expectations do and don't regret the choices we have made in our lives.My only beef with the book is the age old need to come up with unique names for the characters. Johnelle?! Dorky name. Annoyed me every time I read the name.

  • M
    2019-03-02 19:23

    With this author you always get a well written and pacy novel.Why this isn't a 4 stars book in my opinion is the handling of the whole altered perception after the incident. Strange as it seems, I ended up having sympathy for husband!Couldn't understand the whole way the he became an arse in the second half of the book. Wow, feel like I need to talk to the wife about this ;))

  • Rach (Les Rêveur)
    2019-02-28 21:27

    Etched in the shadows by KG MacGregor This book shook me a little bit. I love KG MacGregor books but this one has left me thinking about it days after I've finished it. The Story follows two strong southern woman. Alice owns a real Estate business that she runs with her Mother. She a lesbian and has been in love with her best friend Johnelle for all of her life. Johnelle seems to have the perfect life. She is married to her college sweetheart Dwight. They both seem to genuinely love one another and have a son Ian whom they both adore. Part of Johnelle's is to travel to other Cities. On one such work trip her plane crashes and she sustains some brain injurys. One such side effect is her feelings for Dwight have changed and feelings for Alice that she has hidden so deep for most of her life have came to the surface. Alice was the star of the book me. She's caring, honest, courageous, respectful but above all she knows how to love unconditionally with the no expectation of it being reciprocated! If I'm honest everything Alice is fits into the personality of my dream girl. My Mum would say she's nice to a fault... but she has her devil may care side which completes the dream. I felt for Johnelle through her story but if I'm honest my heart went out more to Alice and Dwight. From the minute I understood what was happening my heart went out to Dwight. There is so many points throughout the book you can almost hear his heart breaking. He loves Johnelle so much. Don't get me wrong there are also instances I thought he was too controlling and condescending but generally felt like Dwight was a good guy.The love between Alice and Johnelle is beautiful. It's not rushed (it's taken most of their lives to get it together) but when it does happen it's a beautiful love. Personally I think both women are courageous to choose there relationship over other characters feelings because for most of the book both Woman especially Alice put everyone else before them.My only negative was that there is a little to much religion and church going for me but that's a personal thing. I would definitely recommend this book but be prepared for a emotional ride.4 stars Quote of the book: “We’ve done some crazy shit together over the years, but this one would totally take the cake. Hell, it would take the whole fucking bakery. Let’s just make sure we get it right. And no matter what happens, what you decide, I’m going to keep loving you like I always have.”Check out my blog @ Les Rêveurhttps://lesreveur.com/

  • Velvet Lounger
    2019-02-24 01:24

    Who is Johnelle Morrissey? Is she the successful wife, mother and career woman who seems to have everything, including the most amazing lesbian BFF? Her life seems complete, she is happy, she has everything she worked and planned for.But when her plane comes down shortly after takeoff she is left in a coma for weeks, while her husband, son and BFF Alice try to deal with the possibility of loosing her, or getting only a part of her back.When she finally starts to come round Alice is there for her literally 24/7 until hubby Dwight can get back from a sales trip and son Ian from Italy. Alice is, as always, conscious of her ‘place’ in the family and, not wanting to overstep the mark, works hard to help Johnelle remember her husband and son as well as their long term friendship.Johnelle and Alice have been best friends since 6th grade, inseparable and rock solid for each other. Alice knew early that she loved her friend, but she quickly realized Johnelle was 100% straight and vowed to always put her friendship first. So she wept on Johnelle’s wedding day but kept her pain to herself, living in the shadows of the happy family and being the perfect friend, the perfect aunt.Alice knows she is the outsider. Tolerated by Johnelle’s parents and useful to her husband as both a substitute parent and reliable resource. But her dedication to her friend mean she is the one who continues to visit twice a day over weeks when the rest of the family go back to their lives, she is the one who talks to the comatose patient, and she is the one who is there when Johnelle wakes up.As Johnelle emerges from the haze of jumbled memories and regains her self and her self will, a different woman emerges and the changes will impact all of them. Whether it is Alice’s presence, her words and tales or the near death experience, Johnelle no longer wants the status quo, and soon begins to realize she no longer wants her controlling husband to rule her life.-------------This is a romance with a twist. It certainly fits the “girl meets girl and baggage gets in the way” genre, and the “we had it then but life got in the way” genre, even the “lonely lesbian loves the hot straight girl” genre... but it turns them all on their heads.Johnelle and Alice are strong characters, well drawn and developed. They, as well as Alice’s feisty mother Dessie, the bewildered ‘man of the house’ Dwight, the sensitive son Ian and homophobic father form a cast which will be recognized by most. They form the backdrop of many American novels and soaps. KG McGregor has coloured them in with love and affection, even for those with whom we have little sympathy.The plot is simple, the recovery of a air crash victim from brain injury including hospitalization, rehabilitation and a gradual coming back into herself as her memories and emotions settle from the jumble caused by disorientation.But on top of this KG has layered a controlling father and husband who think they have the right to manage Johnelle’s life. A friendship which supersedes even the best of BFF’s. And a gradual realization from Johnelle of why she made the choices which seemed like the only ones available. And even more important, the choices she now has the opportunity to make.Excellent book, well written, well edited, thoroughly enjoyable read.

  • Musa
    2019-03-18 23:19

    Sweet story about long term friends finally finding each other. I think Johnelle and Alice are realistic characters, and what they've gone through (probably minus the crash) mirrors something that even normal people would gone through. The friendship between the two is beautifully written, and I do think that the bond in friendship can sometimes just be as deep.

  • Pin
    2019-03-23 20:33

    A very good and interesting book.

  • Cheri
    2019-03-01 03:26

    I very much liked this one. I'm still debating if I'll write a full review but I really liked it.

  • Serena
    2019-03-26 01:37

    Let me first say that the friendship between Johnelle and Alice is heartwarming. Everybody should be honored to have a friend like Alice.The story really appealed to me. And to about 50% of the book I thought this would be a five star book for me.(view spoiler)[ that Johnelle discovers that she is in love with Alice when she awoke from a coma, was a twist that I liked.But after a while I could only think "When is she going to share these feelings with Alice"?And then when they mention these feelings, they don't really talk about it, like it was something that wasn't a surprise.I understand that it is the right thing to do to wait until someone is divorced, but since when can we press a pause button when it comes to love and passion. For me it was an anti-climax moment. (hide spoiler)]The first intimate moment between the leading lady's was described with a lot of passion and tenderness. This moment was really a highlight. I would have liked to read more of such intimate moments and romantic dialogues. Especially because the characters had so much potential.The first book I read by this author was Sumter Point for me this book was much more to my taste. I will keep reading more books by K.G. MacGregor because I believe there are more books she wrote that will appeal to me.3.5 stars

  • Jules
    2019-03-13 21:39

    I kept thinking Alice was a doormat. Then I understood that maybe for Dwight she was just a tool, but for Johnelle she was everything. Even if Johnelle lost herself in the dreamworld everyone wanted her to live in. Goes to show, sometimes all you need is a good smack in the head to see things clearly.

  • Fin
    2019-03-12 23:33

    This was a good book. It read like a romance novel that was really light on the romance. I think it would have been better if the situation between Johnelle and Dwight had been resolved earlier in the book and then have the story focus more on Johnelle's new life and recovery.

  • Line
    2019-03-05 01:15

    It's a good written book, for some reason it didn't grab me that much.I never really got into the characters, not sure why.It was an enjoyable read, but my favorite KG book.

  • The Reading Panda
    2019-03-16 00:15

    MacGregor's work is very hit or miss for me. I loved Rhapsody and Just This Once, but Trail by Fury and Etched in Shadows were lukewarm at best. My problem with this book was that I empathized with Dwight instead of Alice. I do not know why MacGregor thought it would be a good idea for Johnelle to be married. At the time of the accident, Johnelle and Dwight had been married happily for 19 years. Dwight was not a perfect husband (who is), but they were both devoted to one another and in love. Johnelle having a life-threatening accident and amnesia is not enough to make me believe that she could lose her love for her husband. If I were Dwight, I would be absolutely heartbroken. I actually wanted Alice to leave Johnelle alone so that Johnelle and Dwight could work on their marriage without any distractions. I do not think that was the reaction MacGregor was aiming for. Unless there is abuse, I do not enjoy seeing marriages break down.

  • qrbooks
    2019-03-14 02:22

    F/F romanceWhat a morbid little fantasy- loved it!...Just how long would you wait for that one woman who makes you complete? Would you still love her forever if she wasn't "whole"? What if you could only have her if she were deeply damaged and might never be her old self again?The questions posed here might not be something we like to think about, but sometimes, terrible, terrible things happen. I was totally engrossed in this premise and eager to find out just how permanent the damage would be. I feared MacGregor might turn this plain ugly and depressing and that the leads would be impossibly unappealing. But I was pleasantly surprised that I just couldn't put the book down last night. It wasn't perfect and there were some dry spots in the middle as Johnelle's recovery goes through some real-time detail that carried on forever. But the payoff is you felt like you went some distance with the stages of recovery after a head injury, thus putting some real depth and life into these characters. On the whole, I rooted for these two and wanted to see how things played out to the end.Alice Choate has been in love with her best friend, Johnelle Morrissey, for around 30 years. Since the 6th grade these two pretty femmes have been inseparable. Although Alice veered off into women and Johnelle got married and raised a son, they remain the best of friends. Johnelle's life seems perfect enough, but Alice holds an ideal in her heart that no one can really live up to. She secretly pines for her best friend. I don't know how anyone can hit that wall for decades, and it doesn't stop Alice from seeing other women... but when you only live 6 minutes down the road from each other in Charleston, South Carolina and kinda sorta get to have her in every way but sexual... then I could certainly see how this pining might be encouraged for so long. The unattainable can be achingly addictive... and kept at arm's length, she certainly stays perfect.But the perfection is shattered when Johnelle is one of 3 survivors in a horrible plane crash. She is in a coma for 7 weeks and despite the brain surgery no one knows if she'll ever wake up or what kind of brain damage she might have. Even when she wakes, things remain uncertain and clearly changed. Recovery is a process. The first third or so of this story was totally engrossing. Very real. So real, it brought me back to a girl I knew in high school who survived a horrible accident, forever changed. A relative recovering from a stroke. My first visit to ICU as a kid. Unsettling hospital memories even after all these years and I couldn't help empathizing with these characters who I knew would never be the same again. MacGregor took the time to make a lot of this process and setting very realistic.Upon waking, Johnelle doesn't remember the feelings she once had for her husband Dwight... and the feelings for her best friend are more than clarified. What's real? What's the brain damage? Would you really want to know if you were in Alice's place? I don't get the life-long lack of communication about their feelings. But ultimately, I found Alice's dedication to Johnelle after the accident truly sweet and deeply romantic.Good story. Bittersweet. But I didn't rate it higher mostly for a couple of reasons. There were some boring parts- a lot of it tied around religion that I thought got too much focus and sounded a little author-preachy. Alice was also a little too moralistic and her attitude just got tired and made me question her overall attraction (and libido). But I understand infidelity is a touchy subject and it's difficult to redeem characters who go there without a clever plan. Even so, I would have liked to see more longing, obsession, and fire in the middle of this story, if only in flashbacks. They shoulda had a sexier past. It would have put more life and sexy into the story for sure. Some readers may want more from the end... I kinda just fell in love with this one.As for the sexy that did exist... at last, MacGregor got a little extra sexy for me!!! lol. I'm shocked. lol. Some pervy fan must of spammed her to death... or she was held hostage by Kathy Bates, LOL. Because these leads get the sex scene her characters properly deserve. By no means was it erotic, but it was something, anyway. Shoulda been MORE!! but I'm going to behave here. I was into this one. And I must say that I was very pleased that both leads were very appealing. There were some elements here that made me think of Out of Love... my favorite MacGregor book. Luckily a decent sex scene is one of them.How about a *HOT* kidnapping story, MacGregor??? ;)12/29/2013

  • Lissa
    2019-03-02 03:38

    Johnelle Morrissey appears to have the perfect life - a loving husband, a wonderful son, a supportive and fun best friend, and a great job that she enjoys. All of that literally comes crashing down when the plane she's on has engine failure. One of the three people to survive the crash, Johnelle suffers a traumatic brain injury that puts her memories and feelings at risk. Alice Choate, Johnelle's best friend, has been in love with Johnelle for almost as long as she can remember, but she's stood by without revealing her feelings to Johnelle, wanting to do nothing that would jeopardize their friendship. As Alice attempts to help Johnelle put together the pieces of her former life, Johnelle finds that her love for her husband has seemingly disappeared, while her love for Alice has morphed into romantic feelings.This is the first book that I've read by KG MacGregor, and it certainly won't be the last. The story felt very realistic to me, and the author really made Charleston come alive in the book, as well. The Circular Church, the street names, the neighborhoods, even the brief mention of the serial killer Lavinia Fisher - all of these things are real places and real history. First Calvary Baptist isn't a real place, but considering how it was portrayed in the book, that's a good thing. ;)I also really liked the slow pacing of the story. It gives Johnelle a long time to recuperate from her injuries, both physical and mental, and to allow the relationship between Johnelle and Alice to develop well. A lot of romance books I read seem to suffer from the "instalove" phenomenon, but not this one; it takes Alice and Johnelle a long time to transition from friendship to relationship, and I really appreciated that. It definitely made the story feel much more realistic. Some might not appreciate the lack of "heat" in the book, but I think that it definitely fit the story and the characters (and there were a couple of sex scenes toward the end of the book).I really liked the character of Ian, who was Johnelle's son. He seemed like a very realistic, very caring young man. Dwight (Johnelle's husband)...not so much. I could sort-of empathize with him at points, because his whole world was turned upside down with Johnelle's accident. But even at the beginning, he was hinting that he wanted Johnelle to give up her job, because he wanted her to be there when he was home (he traveled a lot for his own job). (view spoiler)[This only intensified once Johnelle was in the accident, to the point that he came across as quite stuffy and a shade misogynistic. He also didn't really support Johnelle's goals for her recovery, preferring to sell her short, which was super annoying. And the end, when he virtually has her held prisoner by her own parents, made me want to punch him in the face. Seriously. At least he finally figured it out at the end that no matter how hard he clung to Johnelle, he couldn't force her to love him again, and he let her go. But it took a long time for him to reach that point, and he came across as rather unsympathetic for much of the book. (hide spoiler)]The ending of the book wasn't tied up in a neat bow, and I actually quite liked that. There were a lot of loose ends that were still "loose"(view spoiler)[ - the settlement, the impending divorce, whether Johnelle would ever be able to go back to her former job, etc (hide spoiler)]. But real life often is a tangle of loose threads, and so I think that made the book feel even more realistic. My only quibble with this book (and it's a small one) is that it really needed more commas, which would have made many sentences flow more smoothly.I would definitely recommend this book to people who are looking for a good f/f romance that has a slow build with a lot of realistic characters.

  • Erica
    2019-03-16 23:16

    I normally really get into books by K G MacGregor, but I found this book was not to her normal calibre. At first I couldn't place what was different. The story line isn't far fetched and it flows reasonably well; on reflection I think there just isn't the same degree of attraction or yearning between the characters to keep you page turning and in suspense. Good read but disappointing compared to her other books.

  • Ginger Miller
    2019-03-12 23:31

    Very good book.This book is just good! Perfect characters, great story, wonderful setting, tons of emotion and a little sad too. McGRegor does a great job here. No one is the villain things just happen that can't be stopped. A great couple not in the same league as Lily and Anna or Judith and Carmen but still good. Speaking of Lily and Anna I would LOVE to hear from them again.

  • TinyAsian
    2019-03-17 21:36

    It's nice to know that after twenty years, they can still rekindle their love.

  • Gloria Windholz Robbins
    2019-03-16 20:27

    couldn't put it down. had moments where it was slow but overall a good read

  • Kat
    2019-02-27 19:39

    one of the best stories I've read this year. for sure book that it is very hard to put down. loved it !!!

  • Leslie Burd
    2019-02-26 22:20

    Lovely book!