In the Distance There Is Light

Harper Bliss

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GENRE

LGBT ROMANCE

    Core Theme

    LOSS, LOVE, REBIRTH

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (2010), CHLOE, GRACE AND FRANKIE

    CHARACTER LIST

    SOPHIE WINTERS: 30. LEAD. EDUCATED, FAITHFUL, ROMANTIC, COMPLEX.

    DOLORES FLEMMING: 56. LEAD. CONFIDENT, EMPATHETIC, CHARMING, SOPHISTICATED.

    JEREMY: 35. SIDEKICK,
    BADASS, BLUNT, FUNNY, UNAPOLOGETIC

    Logline

    Two women lose the man they love. All they have left is each other.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 35-54

    Target Gender: LGBT leaning

    Setting

    Chicago

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Year Published: 2016

    Starting Description

    After her partner dies in a terrible accident, Sophie thinks she’ll never recover. But when her sorrow leads her to Ian's stepmother, Dolores, who understands the depth of her grief, Sophie is shocked to find herself wondering: Is it too soon to love again?

    Ending Description

    Sophie and Dolores accept their feelings for each other. Happy ever after.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Nudity, Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending, Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Sophie Winters

    Age: 30

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Educated, Faithful, Romantic, Complex, Desperate

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Dolores Flemming

    Age: 56

    Gender: Female

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Complex, Confident, Educated, Empathetic, Romantic, Sophisticated, Beautiful, Charming

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Jeremy

    Age: 35

    Gender: Male

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Badass, Blunt, Charming, Confident, Funny, Unapologetic

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Development Pitch

    Brief

    After the death of her life partner, a young woman seeks comfort in the arms of his equally bereaved stepmother.

    What We Liked

    - Well-drawn relationships between the characters and their emotional journey;
    - Strong female leads;
    - Strong character development;
    - Forbidden romance;
    - Controversial yet truthful, sensitive subject matter;
    - Author with a LGBT following.

    Synopsis

    Sophie Winters is a 30 year old investigative journalist in Chicago who is happily enmeshed in a relationship with the love of her life, an architect called Ian. She doesn’t have a particularly positive relationship with her parents and doesn’t want much engagement with them, especially her mother who is a malignant narcissist. Sophie is much more comfortable with Ian’s family. He has an estranged father who lives in England, but was raised by two moms, Angela, who is his biological mother, and Dolores, his stepmother and Angela’s lover. Angela died of cancer several years before Ian and Sophie began dating, but she is still a strong presence in the lives of Ian and Dolores.

    Being environmentally conscious, Ian tries to ride his bike whenever he can. While riding, he sees a delivery truck backing up and it causes him to lose his balance and crash onto the sidewalk. Without wearing a helmet, Ian is killed when his head hits the pavement. The man driving the truck, which decidedly did not hit Ian, is absolved of responsibility and Ian’s death is ruled a tragic freak accident. Sophie is plunged into sadness and despair.

    Unable to sleep and return to living in the apartment she shared with Ian, Sophie stays with her best friend and coworker, Jeremy. Though Jeremy is nurturing enough, Sophie feels more of a connection with Ian’s beautiful stepmother, Dolores, since she is the one person who can truly understand the depth of her loss. Dolores invites Sophie to stay with her during the intense grieving period immediately following Ian’s death. Hoping to find some relief in sleep, Sophie accepts Dolores’ invitation to share a bed with her. Sophie feels protected and safe with Dolores and is finally able to sleep. As time passes, Sophie and Dolores grow more intimate and soon fall in love.

    Confused and encouraged to figure out what is next for her life, Sophie argues with Dolores which results in their break up and Sophie’s subsequent move out of Dolores’ house. They are brought back together again by an encounter with Albert Davis, the man involved in Ian’s accident. Upon seeing each other again, Sophie and Dolores realize that they do love each other and want to give their relationship a second go. With time passage and Sophie’s re-entrance to her life without Ian, she and Dolores are able to move forward in a healthy though unconventional relationship.

    About The Author

    Harper Bliss, the best-selling author of several beloved lesbian romance books and series, has now settled in Brussels, Belgium with her wife and cat.