Alison Barnard’s A Walk in the Rain is the story of two women who meet when each is on the brink of world-wide fame and trying not to face her dissatisfaction with the life she has made for herself. It is a love story, but it is also about a journey to self-acceptance. By the end of it, both major characters have to challenge assumptions and prejudices in society and in themselves.

Actress Shara travels and lives with Jessa while researching her new role – that of Jessa Hanson – in the film about the conductor’s life, and they fall in love. Shara’s boyfriend Derek intervenes, helped by Shara’s belief that she has caught Jessa in a compromising position with a former lover. They separate.

“Maestra” is filmed and Jessa records a musical poem that is a tribute to the love she has lost. When Shara hears that musical piece, goes to see her. They consummate their relationship, but is Shara ready for the kind of publicity a lesbian relationship will attract?

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