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Title:
Old acquaintances
Author:
Bond, Frances Anne.
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Publication Information:
Sutton : Severn House, 1999.
Physical Description:
284 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727822895
Format :
Book

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A tangled tale of lost parents and elusive romance. Richard: middle-aged lonely and increasingly listless. Helen: abandoned by her mother at the age of 12. Nina: after an eventful life, she has settled down in leafy Surrey, intent on becoming a writer.


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Richard Argyle is stuck in a rut. Comfortably retired and living at the same address in Scarborough, England, that he has since childhood, he is alone except for his meddlesome cleaning lady. She believes that the coming of the Hale-Bopp comet is a sure sign that change is in the air. That leaves Richard reminiscing about his life. Although he's been married and divorced, the only woman he misses is his first love, Nancy. At a play, he meets 40-year-old Helen. She is looking for her mother, Nina, who came to Scarborough on holiday when Helen was 12 and then disappeared. Richard offers to help; and when he sees Nina's picture, he realizes that she is his Nancy, and later he figures out that Helen is his daughter. He doesn't tell Helen about his relationship to her but helps her locate Nina. Bond avoids maudlin conclusions, and each of her very British characters changes and becomes stronger through their revelations in this thoroughly delightful read. --Patty Engelmann