Kerry, a calm and attractive young Englishwoman, is sent by her volatile boss to France to deliver a book to none other than the mother who had abandoned her years ago. Although a grande amoureuse in her day, she's now just a sick old lady about to lose her home and she had appealed for help to four of her previous lovers. And what do you do if you're Pierre Leclair, too tKerry, a calm and attractive young Englishwoman, is sent by her volatile boss to France to deliver a book to none other than the mother who had abandoned her years ago. Although a grande amoureuse in her day, she's now just a sick old lady about to lose her home and she had appealed for help to four of her previous lovers. And what do you do if you're Pierre Leclair, too tall, too thin, with a large Adam's apple, stumbling feet and eyes that look sad even when you're happy? What do you do if you're madly in love with a brisk, efficient ever-so-accomplished English beauty? What do you do? You pursue her!...
|Title||:||The Past Tense of Love|
|Number of Pages||:||221 Pages|
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The Past Tense of Love Reviews
Fun. I like Elizabeth Cadell's storytelling for some reason I can't put my finger on. Wouldn't recommend all her books, but I did really enjoy this one.
I don't like romance novels, but I like Elizabeth Cadell's book. I've been trying to figure out why, and the only answer I can come up with, is that her heroines are so self-possessed. They are self-assured young women, despite whatever handicaps life has dealth them (usually a lack of money)who can hold their own in their society (usually London in the 70s, with excursions into France, Portugal or some other more exotic locale). They have nothing to do with the self-doubt that Bridget Jones and her successors have made de rigueur in light fiction for women. And so it is with Kerry Crommer, the heroine of "The Past Tense of Love". Kerry is sent to France by her insufferably tycoon of a boss, to deliver a package to a mysterious lady. To her surprise, Madame Daumier is her own mother, whom she hadn't seen since her toddler years, when she and her younger sister were left to the care of their elderly and rather eccentric aunts. Kerry realizes that her mother is a well preserved but rather stupid beauty with a past of serial monogamy with talented men. It appears that these men come flocking to France when Madame Daumier sends out a plea for money so she can realize her one ambition : to buy a home of her own. Soon Kerry is caught up in the complications that arise from this situation.This book is not Elizabeth Cadell's finest: the situation is too bizarre, and the hero is altogether not entirely the stuff of young girls' dreams. Hence the two stars. bottom line : enjoyable light fiction
Kerry's mother and dad leave a lot to be desired, so I found it difficult to really enjoy this one. Kerry and Dale have been raised by maiden aunts, all but one whose married name they carry since they were abandoned by their unwed parents when they were little girls. Not a promising start to any book. Pierre is also not much of a hero. He is amusing but not exactly a heartthrob. In fact my favorite character is Jumbo, the kid with the heart of a lion. And I would have liked a resolution to Madeleine's future rather than the vague way it was left in the book.
Cadell's composed heroine Kerry Cromer is sent by her aggressive boss to deliver a book to a lady in France. When Kerry arrives, she finds that the situation is stranger than she could have conceived--she's been unwittingly sent right to the heart of the mystery of her own family. She also realizes that she will never marry her persistent suitor, despite him having every quality she wants in a man, but finds another man--without any of these qualities--who somehow engages her interest.
I had read this before but did not remember it until about 50 pp in....