INTRODUCED BY DAVID BADDIEL
A subtle love story by one of the most accomplished writers of the 20th century
Vinny Tumulty is a quiet, sensible man. When he goes to stay at a seaside town, his task is to comfort a bereaved friend. Vinny is prepared for a solemn few days of tears and consolation. But on the evening of his arrival, he looks out of the window at the sunset and catches sight of a mysterious, romantic figure: a beautiful woman walking by the seashore. Before the week is over Vinny has fallen in love, completely and utterly, for the first time in his middle-aged life. Emily, though, is a sleeping beauty, her secluded life hiding bitter secrets from the past.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Book Group|
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English seaside study of lonely people, varieties of and reasons for. A drier, soberer Barbara Pym.
Vinny, a middle-aged bachelor, visits a small seaside town to comfort a friend whose husband, a former MP, has just died. While there, he sees a beautiful woman walking on the beach, and immediately falls in love. Will the problems in her past, and a mystery woman in Vinny's past keep them apart?In the meantime, the widow believes Vinny is falling in love with her, as she bets on the horses and undergoes various beauty treatments in an attempt to recapture the past. In addition, her son is falling in love with a totally inappropriate nanny.This was a quick and pleasurable read, although I don't think it was one of Taylor's best. (Read Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont if you read only one book by her). Taylor reminds me of Barbara Pym, but she is not as kind to her characters as Pym.3 stars