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Love Out of Season by Ray Connolly

Love Out of Season

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Although this is not a debut novel, it is very different from the author's previous novels, which when published were very well received. Love out of Season is a delightful romantic comedy that will warm your heart as you read it. If you don't believe that it's love that makes the world go round, then do read this and you just might take a different view having read it. You're assured lots of fun along the way, you'll meet some very normal people puzzling over the nature of love and life resulting in something quite unexpected in a pretty run-of-the-mill hotel in north Devon. Sounds ordinary, but it's not.


Love Out of Season by Ray Connolly

"Romance - What is it? A sudden flow of endorphins to the brain? A trick by nature to persuade us to perpetuate our genes? Not noticing one another's adolescent pimples? Or sex through rose tinted condoms?" These are the sort of questions puzzling Amy Miller, a thirtyish writer of romantic fiction, when she discovers she is being doorstepped by the tabloid Press over her secret affair with a famously married lover. As he panics, she quickly goes into hiding. Choosing a remote hotel on the North Devon coast, she meets Tim, a music teacher and composer, who, recuperating after being injured at school, is also struggling to finish a piece of music his absent girl friend has inspired. But what a piece! "I'm sure Beethoven had his off-days," Amy sympathises. "Probably," says Tim. "But he was deaf. He didn't have to listen to what he was playing." Gradually, as they wander the empty resort and beaches, the two become friends, easily able to see the other's problems, but with no idea of how to solve their own. Meanwhile, the hotel is preparing for a St. Valentine's ball, and, as we follow Amy and Tim, we unpeel the fears and romantic yearnings of some of the guests and staff.;These include Shona, the seemingly confident college placement and Darrell, the gauche local boy porter; Michael and Eleanor, the middle-aged ex-priest and ex-nun who have left their orders to marry, and who are now on their honeymoon; and Jane, the manager who is desperate, and not only in making a success of her first hotel. And then, on the eve of St. Valentine's Day, a tabloid journalist discovers the runaway author - while enjoying a spot of weekend adultery himself... Love Out Of Season is a warm hearted, romantic comedy about love in every generation - a novel which is aimed at all ages.

About the Author

Ray Connolly has written several novels, including Sunday Morning and Shadows On A Wall, the movies That'll Be The Day and Stardust, the television series Lytton's Diary and Perfect Scoundrels, and a biography of John lennon. He has also written TV films, documentaries, radio plays, short stories and much journalism. He lives in London.

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1st February 2007


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