After The Night is a sweeping lesbian love story set in a British prison in 1960. When Nurse Leah Webster begins her first job at a prison hospital, little does she know that her world will be turned upside down by falling in love with Chief Officer Jean MacFarlane. But the course of lesbian love does not always run smoothly and together Leah and Jean have to fight homophobia both within and without the prison walls.
After The Night has had dozens of 5* reviews on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com and has also been featured on ‘The Rainbow Reader’, ‘Good Lesbian Books’ and ‘The Lesbrary’ review sites.
Here are some quotes from reviews on Amazon:
“God, I loved this book. It will definitely become one of my all time favourites. Finished it in one day because I couldn’t put it down. I love stories about strong women, and this one had one of the best. Officer Jean McFarlane took my breath away. By the time I was finished with the story, I was in love with her. Great read. Glad I got it.”
“I could not put the book down. The characters are well developed as is the story. Loved it from the beginning to the end. Well written novel with drama, suspense love and passion. I was drawn into the characters and related to their issues. Although, it is written from the 1960’s era, the issues the characters face are relevant to problems faced by women in society today. I was left wanting more after the story ended. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves stories about women and lesbians.”
“I read ‘After The Night’ a profoundly moving first novel by Rachel Dax cover to cover. I was completely immersed in the lives of these women. I actually cried at one point, (not wanting to give too much away). I loved all the characters each with their own story; the fascination for me was I felt I had known each and every one of them. The pace of this story is excellent and there really is so much to love. I don’t want to make it sound sappy, because this book smacks you hard where it hurts the most. Really if you can’t think straight… this is the book for you, with a reference to Radcliffe Hall, the characters include an adorable old Suffragette Campaigner that broke my heart, a mother from hell, the complexities of coming to terms with who you are and Family expectations. This book takes us on a journey with Leah which most of us know only too well. But for me it was Jean with her unique people management style and sex appeal that simply leaps from the page. I adored that unique quality of being too sexy for their shirt and not knowing it… Jean is so appealing. I wanted to grab her by the hand and take her home. I loved this book and can’t wait for more from Rachel Dax.”