BOOK REVIEW

SHENANDOAH SUMMER - JOHN JAFFE

Tug Palifax is a successful sculptor.  Somehow, he knew things weren't quite right.  He just didn't have the interest in art that he felt in the past.  Tug made the decision to go to Virginia for a few months.  The Limespring Arts Center was an inspiring place where artists visited each year.  It was at Limespring where Tug established a schedule.  In the mornings he was outside sketching; middays he would be reworking the sketches and in the late afternoon he was back outside with the sketchpad.  After dinner he would return to the studio.

Ten years ago, Alyssa Brown was an actress.  She is now married with a grown daughter.  Alyssa lives in Washington, D.C. but spends a lot of time at her farm, which was just down the road from Limespring.  This was something Alyssa really enjoyed - it was her "getaway". 

One evening after dinner, Tug met Alyssa.  Once Alyssa got to know Tug, she was swept away.  She realized she was not happy in her marriage.  Her feelings for Tug were totally different compared to the way she felt for her husband. 

Alyssa knew she had to make a difficult choice.  Should she leave her husband of twenty years?  If she did, he would take away her farm - something she did not want to happen.  If she stayed with her husband, she would never be happy losing Tug.

What does Alyssa decide to do? 

For all you romantics, this is a great one to read!  It is one of those "what if" books.  The storyline is plain and simple - there is nothing complicated here except two people finding each other when they feel their lives are in turmoil.   It is a real love story and an enjoyable read.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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