Before It Stains



Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is work.

Stephanie Austin has it all – a loving wife of 17 years, a handsome teenage son, a comfortable home in the suburbs, professional success, and a bright future. At forty, Stephanie’s life is all she’d ever dreamed of, but like the old blues song says, “What a difference a day makes.”

Betrayal by the woman she loves, thought she knew, and always trusted, cuts deep. Forgiveness is a simple word, but is it possible?

This is a story about love and family, with all the joys and pains of a lifetime commitment. When Stephanie’s perfect world starts spiraling out of control, the fate of her family rests in her hands. With the help of her mother, friends, an old flame, and a healthy dose of humor, Stephanie must decide if she can put aside the hurt and figure out how to clean up the mess, before it stains their lives forever.

Excerpts from Reader’s Online Reviews:

“I have read all of R.E. Bradshaw’s books and this one didn’t disappoint. This book was very real and very well written. This is why she is one of my favorite authors!!”

“I loved this book, which I bought two days ago. This is the third book I have read from the author and it is clear that she does not write standard lesfic. Her characters feel real and they are struggling with real life situations. Yes, the books often offer up the happily-ever-after ending that we all want when we read fiction to escape our own realities. But, the trajectory feels different. In this book, she brilliantly portrays a long term lesbian couple who has to face issues that have been latent for many years but are now evident after one of the partners cheats. The story is about the couple finding their way back to one another. To anyone who has been in a long term marriage the story is instructive and feels realistic. Well done. I look forward to more books from this author.”

“This book was very well written, and a nice break from the typical lesbian romance. The author did a great job of making you want the couple to stay together even after the betrayal. Makes you take a minute to think about what you would do if this happened in your life.”

“This is a book about commitment and forgiveness. This book is full of love, joy, laughter, tears, loving family life, loyal friends, anxiety, hurt, betrayal, hope, forgiveness and humor throughout.”

“RE takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions: well written, fast paced and with her usual touch of great characters. Thought provoking – this book makes the reader look at her own relationship, appreciate the good and wonder about some necessary changes…”

“”Before it Stains” literally raises the bar in the genre of lesbian fiction. It is sad, funny, poignant, sexy, and thought provoking. The dialogue is as good as it gets. The characters are fully developed and the situations so real I thought a few times I was eavesdropping on conversations too personal for me to hear. I’ve thought about this book many times after I read it. It’s a reminder not to take anything, or anyone, for granted. If you do, you could have your own mess to clean up “Before it Stains”.