The First Warm Evening of the Year

The First Warm Evening of the Year

Large Print - 2012
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Geoffrey Tremont is untroubled by his contented bachelor life in New York City, filled with sophisticated friends, an undemanding lover devoted to her own career, and his wise brother, a psychiatrist who is the only person who understands him.

On an ordinary day, Geoffrey arrives home to find a letter advising him that an old friend has named him the executor of her estate. Twenty years ago, in college, Geoffrey and Laura Welles had been best friends, but later went their separate ways. Now, she's reached out from the past to ask him to settle her estate.

Geoffrey travels up to Laura's hometown where he meets Marian Ballantine, a widow living in the shadow of an idyllic marriage, and now grieving the loss of her best friend. From the moment he first sees her, Geoffrey realizes that this attractive, plainspoken woman has the power to upend his compartmentalized life. Faced with the decision to embrace the unknown or retreat to the safety of the familiar, both will have to decide whether it's safe to tumble into the abyss of love.

Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Publishing, 2012
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781611735314
1611735319
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 359 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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Michael Colford Sep 05, 2012

Lovely mature novel about Geoffrey, a fortyish, Manhattan voice-over actor who has never truly been in love. He enjoys a comfortable relationship with a woman who admires and enjoys, and who is just as averse to commitment as he is. Then he unexpectedly finds himself the executor of a college friend's will... someone he was close to in his younger days, but whom he hasn't seen in years. By accepting his responsibility to carry out her final wishes, he finds himself in the Hudson Valley town of Shady Grove, and he meets Marian, the best friend of his deceased friend. The two form an instant connection, but Marian is involved with Eliot, and worse, she is still hopelessly in love with her husband who passed away years ago.

Jamie Saul has written a thoughtful, adult novel about love in its many forms.

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