answer a simple question:
What was the name of the gay club Roger & Vicky
visited on their first evening together?
(the answer can be found in the first chapter which you can read free of charge -
“Summer Dreams” is an authentic story of the transgender community and illustrates the wide range of trans people's experiences, the problems, prejudices and fears that they face (and some of their own prejudices) — and the fact that being trans is just one facet of their lives. It was inspired by a true incident when the author was about 19.
But let Vicky tell you about Summer Dreams:
I was David, but now I'm Vicky.
I was sunbathing in sand dunes near Bournemouth in 2003, when Roger found me and changed my life. After spending a heavenly holiday with him as Vicky, I just couldn't face reverting to David. I knew, though, that becoming Vicky permanently was impossible. There was only one option, I tried to kill myself.
Roger saved me then showed how life as Vicky was possible.
Summer Dreams tells of my transition journey, coming out to family and friends and their reactions, some of which were very difficult to deal with, especially Peter my twin brother's and the abuse we faced from him and others.
But being trans is just part of who I am. I have a normal life too and it tells how our relationship developed, our work together, sailing trips and other excursions, a rescue at sea; our wedding and nearly disastrous honeymoon and our plans for the future.
You also meet other transwomen and their various experiences including Mia, a young trans prisoner, held in a male prison in spite of having lived as female for two years
Inevitably, the abuse and other transphobic messages I've experienced took their toll and I've always feared that any good times would soon end and I'd be left with nothing. It was no surprise, therefore, when I started to suspect that Roger and Mia were having an affair.
Unable to face being left on my own, I returned to the sand dunes where Roger and I had met and where I'd tried to take my life before and prepared to finish the job this time.
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What other readers have said:
“LGBT meets Howard’s Way”
“A page turner”
“Informs about trans issues without pushing it down the readers throat”