A SPRING OF LOVE by Celia Dale
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Celia Dale's novels (last year's A Helping Hand) are written so very well, with both a noticing observation and a quickening sympathy for ordinary people and the everyday circumstances of their lives, that this story extends beyond the suspense story genre in which it also qualifies. Esther, thirty, a spinster who ""never made anything of herself,"" goes to work each morning and returns home to her Gran in the evenings--except on Thursday, It is on a Thursday, taking her supper in a teashop, that she meets quiet, attentive Raymond Banks, a salesman. While they marry) and have a baby, and seem relatively happy, one reads this in the expectation of the worst which is to come even though it remains undefined: Raymond is not altogether predisposed toward the young pair who live upstairs, or the elderly couple who manage her shop; he talks about a joint bank account, a new will; and then there's the accident Which.... It is, all in all, an immaculate performance, insinuating, unsettling, and quite touching.

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 1967
Publisher: Walker