Love Is Like That By Cecil Roberts

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In church one Sunday Morning, in the gay seaside resort of Ligurio on the Italian Riviera, the Reverend Tobias Smollett began to read, for the First Lesson, The Song of Solomon. Mr Smollett, a benign octogenarian, found himself accidentally embarked on that Old Testament love song without realising in the least its effect on the three dozed representatives of the sadly-shrunken English colony who were in his congregation. Mrs Gavin, bitter as the aloes that grew beneath her pension, sat up and took notice, not without pleasure. Commander Maysmith, the community’s aged Beau Brummell, recalled his youth and the Haiti revolution from which he rescued the lovely young widow who became his wife. The colony’s nonagenarian, Mr Henry Crackenthorpe, looked back on a long life and remembered the time when he too had been like a young roe upon the mountain. Ages ago, he had fled from a convent-hospital on a Tuscan hillside with the lovely young nun who had nursed him, an abduction that had changed his life. Most startled of all by the Reverend Tobias’s entanglement with Solomon’s love song was Sir Audrey Wellington. The eminent conductor had just returned from an idyllic adventure in Merano. In that mountain paradise he had been shaken by an experience devastating in its lyrical quality. The Reverend Tobias could surely have no knowledge of how, only a few days before, a vivacious young woman had showed him, scarred as he was by two unhappy affairs, that romance had not passed him over for ever. There were others in the congregation that morning who were perturbed. There was Mrs Callender, wo lived like a recluse in her walled-in villa above the church

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Pre-owned. Some words of the Lesson – “Many waters cannot quench love…” – evoked for her a tragic past with its varied events played out in England, Egypt and Spain. She, of all women, could subscribe to those words. In the crucifixion of her spirit the undefeatable strength of a mother’s love had been tested. One not present that morning, Miss Allerton, had never heard of Ligurio, yet it was destined to play a part in her life. For forty years in Laramie, Wyoming, she had dreamed of going to Rome. When at last she had got there a most astonishing revelation awaited her, to link her up with the life of the Mediterranean resort. With dust jacket. Bound in blue cloth with gilt titles on the spine and a facsimile signature of the author on the lower front board. Two very minor tears to the dust jacket (no material missing) at the top of the spine area. Good clean copy. Signature of original owner in ink at top of first page. Love is Like That is a sunlit comedy written with all the charm and skill that have won Cecil Roberts his world-wide public. With its scene changing vividly from a villa in Italy to a dahabeeyah in Egypt, the Feria in Spain, a Chiltern cottage and the upland state of Wyoming, USA, and its sentient dialogue, this new novel displays all Mr Robert’s customary verisimilitude and knowledge, and his delicate compassion. It is, above all, a book to be enjoyed. Hardcover. Published by Hodder & Stoughton 1957. Weight 367g

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