When a storm tears a hole in Miss Eleanor Bannister's roof, the itinerant carpenter who volunteers to repair it is so capable and charming that he remodels Miss Eleanor's life. A retired schoolteacher in the town where she's always lived, Eleanor, at age sixty-nine, finds the sudden presence of Abel Brown in her life unnerving and unsettling and after a time, irresistible. He shakes up her fixed ideas of who she is and starts her wanting something she never imagined for herself. Amid many complications, Eleanor and Abel proceed on the fractious course of their courtship, in a novel that is never less than captivating, witty, and pointedly clear-eyed.
About the Author:
A native Texan, Annette Sanford taught high-school English before becoming a full-time writer. Her work has been published in journals, in Best American Short Stories, and her stories have been read on NPR's "Selected Shorts." She lives in Ganado, Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gentle story of a retired old maid school teacher who is befriended by an elderly carpenter who shakes up her world.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a great love story and reminded me that romantic love is not just for the young, but also the young at heart. I loved the characters in the book.