TAKE A DEEP BREATH by Jane Chichester


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Not quite, not even a bit, an, ""engaging love story and an absorbing novel of suspense"" (the Jacket blurb), this, from its rueful beginning to its ruinous end, charts an impossible romance. After Caroline Weston meets Miles Hartigan, a stranger on a train in Europe, she cannot forget his wayward charm and deliberately arranges to see him again in Ireland. There she faces the truth that he is- in his own words-""completely hopeless"", and in the judgment of others a wastrel. From Ireland, to London, to her home in Dorset, she shares a year with Miles and copes with some of his really catastrophic benders; she reluctantly agrees to marry him and is touched by his increasing dependence on her; but she finally finds that she no longer loves him, although she is never quite immune to his need for her.... Miss Chichester's first novel is assured, piquant, poignant, and while it is essentially light entertainment- this too is something of a misnomer.

Pub Date: March 21st, 1962
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin