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Watermark by Karin Kallmaker


by Karin Kallmaker

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Watermark is the lovely sequel to [b:Touchwood|639544|Touchwood|Karin Kallmaker|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1329120347s/639544.jpg|10694801]. People who read TouchWood should definitely continue on to this book. In fact, even though Louisa isn't actually in the book, we get a much better idea now of why Rayann is so in love with Louisa, the woman who is 27 years her senior, as opposed to just being totally in lust with her, as was my impression from Touchwood. On the other hand, people who have not read Touchwood should definitely pick that one up first to better appreciate Rayann's character.

Watermark is about loving and losing and the possibility of finding love again. It is about grief and dealing with it (or not) and acceptance of fate, and as such, is not a light read at all. But the gravity is well balanced by the trials and travails of Teresa, a newly-minted art school graduate. Juxtaposed against Rayann's depressing journey is Teresa's own rocky road to maturity. When their paths cross again after the initial disastrous first encounter, Teresa finds herself falling in love with a woman who can't seem to love her back. And even if she does, how can she ever compete with perfection? Both of these ladies journeys are very well done. There is lots of angst, naturally, considering the subject matter, but it never devolves into hokey melodrama. I like that the ending isn't the usual "neatly tied up in a bow" one that we get with romances. People who need that kind of ending can always look it up in [b:Frosting on the Cake|321656|Frosting on the Cake|Karin Kallmaker|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1369431866s/321656.jpg|10694884]. One of the short stories there called 'Tapestry' gives a pretty good closure to this pair of ladies.

P.S. Love the title of the book. It is Louisa in one word. :)

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Teresa Mandrell's first encounter with advertising executive Rayann Germaine begins badly and goes downhill from there. Within minutes of their meeting, Rayann dubs Teresa a "bumbling amateur" and the young woman storms out and quits. The event changes the course of Teresa's life, sending her to art school instead of up the corporate ladder as she had planned.After graduation, Teresa gets a job as a design artist in another firm, only to discover that the new department head is...Rayann! But the difference in the woman's demeanor is so startling that Teresa can't believe her eyes. Although the woman she'd fought with had been insensitive and rude, she was full of fire and passion. This Rayann is cold and withdrawn.To Teresa's chagrin, the woman doesn't even remember their fight. In fact, the two fall easily into an increasingly harmonious work relationship. As they grow even closer, Teresa slowly uncovers layer after layer of Rayann's hurt and pain. When she at last arrives at the terrible truth, Teresa is left with one burning question: How can she turn Rayann's heart away from grief and lead her back toward life and love?… (more)

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