Monday, 8 September 2014
What was That Book?
The book was in the fantasy genre, and I believe by a female author, from approximately 1995. The plot centers on two girlfriends, both depressed after recent difficulties in their lives. They find a travel agency and think to take a vacation together to try to sort themselves out. They spot a booklet similar to a Fodor's Travel Guide but for a place neither of them has heard of.
Their journey takes them into remote mountains where they discover a portal to a magical land. Once in that land they become embroiled in a bitter war. One of the women falls for a powerful humanoid-feline sorcerer, and when the war is over she chooses to stay in the land with him instead of going home with her friend.
Update: After much searching, I finally found it. The book is called Glenraven by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Holly Lisle, published by Baen, 1996. Apparently there was also a sequel which I'd never heard of. So it looks like I'll be buying both at some point, just to refresh my memory.