Sometimes, all it takes is one kiss, for sparks to fly, to fall in love. This is a tale of a chance encounter that blossoms into full-blown interracial lesbian romance between a French and an American woman in the heart of Paris. There’s a catch though. One of them has a boyfriend, the other is leaving soon. Will they leave their existing lives behind? Or will they eventually part ways?
Adrienne has been leading a rather monotonous, mundane and uneventful life, living in Paris for the past 10 years with her 44-year-old boyfriend Gérard, who is fifteen years older than her. She is content and satisfied with him, or at least she thinks she is, but that is all about to change when she runs into a distraught American woman on a bridge in the city.
Kristina would have never imagined she would get mugged in the City of Lights, but if it was not for this distressing incident, Adrienne would have likely passed by her without a second glance. Adrienne too would have never imagined she would end up helping out an American woman, who has lost her credit cards, money and passport, let alone being kissed by her in gratitude. Yet this one sudden kiss changes everything for her, giving rise to feelings she did not think she had,
All these years, Adrienne has been nothing but heterosexual, but now her mind is teeming with the possibility of indulging in some interracial lesbian romance. Will Adrienne go against her own sexuality and pursue Kristina, possibly cheating on Gérard in the process? Or was this merely a one-time encounter and a kiss that will eventually fade from her memory?
Emily had been a late developer—she’d never given boys, or sex, much thought. Not when she was at school, she was much too shy back then. Later on, when a boy at university asked her out on a date she’d said yes, because that was what was expected of her. From then on she’d have told you she was straight—everyone was, in the Australian country town she came from, and if they weren’t, they kept quiet about it. It was that kind of place. It was also the kind of place you left, as soon as you could. Emily made it to Melbourne, and never looked back.
She wasn’t the kind of girl who did one-night-stands, but he’d seemed nice, the boy she met at the party. When he treated her like dirt the morning after, she went to a café, trying to make her life feel normal. It didn’t work, nothing could. But that was where she met Laura, a waitress working behind the counter. Laura’s phone number, scribbled on a scrap of paper ripped from her order pad was just a gesture, an offer of support, one Emily never planned on taking up.
But a chance encounter brings Laura into Emily’s life again, and she is offered the possibility of new friends and a new social scene—musicians and artists, talented, witty, and clever, so much more interesting than the people Emily knew. Along with this glimpse of a sparkling new life comes a revelation. Laura is a lesbian.
Emily has to recalibrate her feelings for Laura. Can she be friends with her? Does she want to be friends with her, or something more?
Love, Tears, & Coffee is the story of Emily and Laura. Emily’s journey of self-discovery takes time, and her awakening comes with its fair share of trials and setbacks. Ultimately though, she discovers who she really is, and who she really loves.