The Revelation of Beatrice Darby by Jean Copeland

What the hell took me so long to read this? I am down right annoyed at myself!

This is a coming out story with a difference. We follow Beatrice Darby’s life from high school, the realisation that she’s interested romantically in girls, her first crush and then her first unrequited love. This story deals with not only the feelings of the unknown and rejection that comes with coming out but also the fact that in the time she lived (late 1950’s) made everything else hard, the secrets and lies you had to tell, the stolen moments but ultimately the strength you need to be who you are and not be ashamed by that.

The Revelation of Beatrice Darby was written in the first person POV and I honestly couldn’t see this book being any other way. I mean, this is Beatrice’s story and no one else’s. I think this book is so true to the time it was written in. I mean, I already knew the 1950’s was a difficult time to come out as being part of the LGBTQIA+ community but wow these women were brave.

Beatrice was such a fantastic character to get to know. She is a lovely and honest person inside and out. But the times she lives in forces her to keep some things hidden and put up a front to get by as the all american girl. As we move through the story we begin to see, the more she gets confident to be herself, the more she rejects the norms and pushes the boundaries that have been set by generations of lesbians before her. She made me want to fist pump her more than once because she definitely grew into a woman before her time.

Her love life in this book is hard going. Not to read but to imagine… I mean, if I was Beatrice I would find it so hard to trust anyone not to break my heart or out me to the people and community around me. But this story has a beautiful happy ending that I hadn’t realised how much I needed until the end.

I read this book in one sitting and I am so glad I did. It’s such an inspirational book and without the sex scenes (I was imagining some freaking hot ones in my head) I reckon this needs to be part of the high school syllabuses for the 16-17 year olds. Because this type of insight is severely lacking.

Great book and so very inspiring.
5 stars


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