Combining the eloquence and compassion of great English storytellers such as Rosamunde Pilcher and Joanna Trollope with a keen sense for how we reconcile the present by connecting to our past, Judith Lennox comes to America with this international bestseller.
Rebecca Bennett, thirty-one, financially strapped and reeling from a disastrous love affair, has just taken on the biggest project of her career: writing the biography of Dame Tilda Franklin, considered England's angel to needy children.
Mining the past of this distinguished child welfare activist, Rebecca is amazed to discover a history riddled with the passion and pain of mysterious kin and unpredictable love. Delving further into Dame Tilda's life, Rebecca finds parallels with her own experience and begins to regard this woman as a soul mate. Soon a romance blossoms between Rebecca and Tilda's grandson, Patrick, and she is drawn even closer to the family. Yet, just as their relationship begins to grow, Rebecca uncovers a family secret that threatens to destroy her newfound love.
Set against the stark beauty of the Fen country and peopled with memorable characters, Some Old Lover's Ghost is an addictive novel of tragedy, recovery, healing, and love that will raise you up and touch your heart.
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Judith Lennox is the author of seventeen novels. She lives in Cambridgeshire, England with her husband and three sons.From Publishers Weekly:
Popular British writer Lennox (Footprints in the Sand) frames her romantic mystery, spanning a century's worth of family intrigue, adultery and betrayal, with a modern-day dilemma. London biographer-documentary filmmaker Rebecca Bennett is 31 years old, bright and ambitious, but after having been left abruptly by her selfish lover when she miscarries his child, she's devastated. Depressed, Rebecca almost turns down the chance to write the biography of Dame Tilda Franklin, an activist who devoted her life to saving orphaned or unwanted children. Rebecca knows that saints make for dull stories, and she's interested in the "skull beneath the skin." But Tilda reveals a wealth of skeletons in a long-locked closet and Rebecca is drawn to Tilda and to her handsome lawyer grandson, Patrick. Gradually, frail, elderly Tilda recounts her complicated early life; her mother was raped by wealthy Edward de Paveley, who connived to have her sent to an asylum, and Tilda was raised by a strange, vengeful aunt. Her first love, Daragh Canavan, marries de Paveley's legitimate daughter, but never stops loving Tilda, though Tilda weds journalist Max Franklin and has a family of her own. Decades later, as Rebecca is researching Tilda's story, a body is discovered, believed to be Daragh's. A mysterious caller accuses Tilda of murdering Daragh years ago, so Rebecca plunders the family history, chasing ghosts and rumors in hopes of revealing the truth. Little does she know she's in danger herself from an unexpected source. Believable characters and a tale rife with shocking scandals make for a chilling mystery, though at times the plot whips through historical eras and switches narrative voices with little warning. Readers may sympathize with Tilda's mother, whose life was ruined in 1914 by bearing a child out of wedlock, but will have a harder time understanding modern-day Rebecca, an emotional basket case who seems to make a habit of getting pregnant at the outset of her romances, and seems powerless in directing her life, despite her description as a worldly, enterprising career woman. Agent, Robin Straus. (Nov.)
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Buchbeschreibung William Morrow Paperbacks, New York, 1999. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. 0688172199 Fiction - General Very good, clean text. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Artikel-Nr. BLUE4ET2171