** The Love She Left Behind by Amanda Coe


In The Love She Left Behind, two adult children with little in common are reunited on the occasion of their mother’s sudden death. The story follows them, one a successful lawyer with a conventional family and the other a single mother with financial and children issues, as they untangle her affairs and revisit her second marriage with a difficult playwright, marriage that caused her to essentially abandon them for her new life.

The setting, in an isolated country house and the cast of characters, starting with the curmudgeon widower but also including a desperate graduate student who comes to interview him and almost marries him make for a very entertaining plot. It does not quite come together in the end, as we never discover the true secret of the marriage, and the final scene is over the top, but it’s good fun until the last pages.

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