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The Gazebo by Emily Grayson

The Gazebo: A NovelThe 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.

from Goodreads

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.

December 23, 2013 - Posted by | 4 Star Books |

6 Comments »

  1. This looks like a good one!

    Comment by pinkim95 | December 23, 2013 | Reply

  2. This sounds familiar, I think I may have read it! Merry Christmas to you all.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | December 23, 2013 | Reply

  3. Christmas time is always a great time for romances!

    Comment by Heather | December 25, 2013 | Reply

  4. I’m not typically a reader of romance, but one every now and again is okay. A rating of 4.25/5 is quite an endorsement. 🙂

    Comment by Thoughts of Joy | January 1, 2014 | Reply

  5. I just purchased it for my Kindle. 🙂

    Comment by Thoughts of Joy | January 1, 2014 | Reply

    • It’s an easy read and not without problems but it was exactly what I needed at the time.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 2, 2014 | Reply


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