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With Love, With Connie

George R. Henaut

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : 1st Books Library

Published : 2002

Copyright : George R. Henaut 2002

ISBN-10 : PB 1-4033-6450-8
ISBN-13 : PB 978-1-4033-6450-0

Publisher's Write-Up

December 12, 1997 is an extraordinary day in Robert Mascaux's life, involving him in a family funeral, his second wedding and a birthday party for a celebrity.

This romantic novel begins with a flashback to 1959, in Northumbria, a coastal community in Nova Scotia. Robert, a high school student, resides at the Manor, a private nursing home owned by his parents, Bertha and Camille, immigrants from Belgium. Robert's home life is enriched by his 'foster grandparents', the Manor residents. When Robert becomes a member of a Connie Francis fan club, he begins a lengthy correspondence with Rachel Turner, the club's teenage president, who lives on an estate in Flanders Cove, Connecticut, with her reclusive, artistic aunts, fondly called 'the bouquet'.

The reader discovers the enduring power of love through the struggles and triumphs that Robert and Rachel encounter during their friendship, spanning 38 years. The novel depicts the influence that singers can have on their fans and also reveals parallels that can exist between the lives of singers and their admirers. The music of Connie Francis is the thread of continuity for the couple for whom fate, an international border, family responsibilities, and a sinister villain delayed their marriage until December 12, 1997.

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Review by Derek (010403) Rating (9/10)

Review by Derek
Rating 9/10
George Henaut obviously writes of what he knows; the result is an engaging story peopled with characters that are believable, refreshing and sometimes unique.

Robert and Rachel's long-term, long distance romance provides for a creative exploration of the traditional link between New England and the Maritime Provinces, Canada.

There is an excellent portrayal of the elderly; the reclusive aunts (bouquet) and the manor guests. Trevor is a classic villain; I was surprised by the twist at the end of the novel.

This novel does not need violence or sex to make it a worthwhile read! The unusual device of interweaving the effect of Connie Francis' music on their romance works well. The reader will not want this multi-layered "good read" to end.
Derek (1st April 2003)

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