THE GAZEBO by Emily Grayson


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Debut novel about a doomed love affair that’s carried on across several continents and for more than 50 rather weepy years. Like most small-town journalists, Abby Reston is dying for a decent story. An editor for a little newspaper in upstate New York, she is about to despair of anything ever happening in Longwood Falls when an elderly gent steps into her office and introduces himself as Martin Rayfiel. The scion of a rich local family, Martin grew up in Longwood Falls but has lived abroad for decades, and he explains to Abby that he has returned home once a year since 1949 to meet with an old flame at the gazebo in the town square. This year will mark their 50th such anniversary, should Abby wish to cover it for the paper. She wants to, of course, but when she shows up at the appointed time she finds only a leather briefcase. Inside it, though, is her story. Martin, apparently, fell in love with Clair Swift while the two were still teenagers. Clair was a poor girl whose father worked as janitor at the Rayfiels” country club, and neither the Swifts nor the Rayfiels approved of the match. So Martin and she fled to Europe, living off the proceeds of a family heirloom that Martin had sold behind his parents” back. Finding this out, the Rayfiels promptly cut him off without a penny, and he took work as a cook to support himself and his lover. Just as he began to succeed as a chef at an expensive London restaurant, however, Clair went home to see her dying mother—and never returned. She married a kindly, dull carpenter and settled down in Longwood Falls; Martin married a rich, dull widow and prospered in London. Once a year, though, for a single day, he and Clair met and remembered their youthful love—until Clair died of cancer in 1998. A Harlequin Romance in hardcover. (Film rights to Columbia-TriStar)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-688-16753-5
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1999


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