About the Book
Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has lived her whole life under the mythic bluff called Maiden Leap in a scenic river town. Her contented life is turned inside out when her former high school girlfriend Lucy returns to town as a graduate of a gay conversion therapy program. Now Kate must cope with her guilt and anger over how she and Lucy parted.
As Kate struggles to balance her marriage to her reliable husband and her friendship with mercurial Lucy, their old flame is rekindled and a town secret is uncovered. Kate must learn how to navigate a new world of possibilities, confront her moral conundrums, and solve the age-old mystery surrounding Maiden Leap.
“Complex, witty, moving.” — Lavender Magazine
“What makes this story so poignant is Harris’ tenderness toward her characters. They are all decent people who love one another and are trying their best.” — Twin Cities Pioneer Press
“Harris has written a really good book . . . It’s an interesting exploration of relationships, feelings about the past, small town life and revenge. There’s also an interesting twist I didn’t see until just before it happened.” — LGBTQ+ Reader
“Many forms of love play out in CM Harris’ new novel, Maiden Leap. Set in a river town, it captures a moment in time—the early 2000s—before gay marriage was legal, as transgender teens became more common, and when punk rock still held sway. It shows how all these issues mix in a small community where your in-laws think gays can be fixed with conversion therapy and you disagree but still make them a quilt. It is in this complexity of issues that this book shines, asking the bold question who gets to define love. A thoughtful, engaging novel, it is a love story, a small-town saga, capturing a time when so many things were shifting under our feet. I loved every page of this book.” — Mary Logue, author of The Streel and Clair Watkins Mysteries
“The strong opening, tension, world-building, scene-setting move us into the book with ease. The characters are all easy to like, they keep the reader interested, and they have a valuable story to tell.” — Andrew Gifford, director of the Santa Fe Writers Project