The Gazebo. Finished 12-12-13, rating 4.25/5, romance, 275 pages, pub. 1999
Smalltown reporter Abby Reston is hungry for a good story when elderly, but still hale and handsome, Martin Rayfiel walks into her office. Martin tells the young newspaperwoman of his lifelong romance with Claire Swift, and how they have faithfully reunited once every year at the gazebo in the town square. When Abby goes to the gazebo to witness the annual meeting, she finds a briefcase filled with photographs, letters, tape recordings, and mementos. It is a poignant and haunting chronicle of love and devotion that will profoundly affect the life of Abby Reston and touch the heart of everyone who experiences it.
Even though it didn’t have a Christmas theme it was a nice, easy story to help with December stress. Martin and Claire were never meant to meet really, but a black eye turns into a chance meeting at the town gazebo and then an invitation home. Martin is the son of the richest man in town and Claire’s family owns a humble landscaping business. They must meet in secret, but eventually Martin goes off to college and their promise of meeting every year at ‘their’ gazebo is made and kept until it was no longer possible. It is a bittersweet romance that extends to Europe and back.
I did have some problems with the story near the end but still really enjoyed it. Recommended for romance lovers.
I read The Fountain by Grayson a few years ago and liked the easygoing writing style enough that I kept my eyes out for her books. I thought this one was better than the first and as far as I can tell she’s only written five books but I hope to find them all.