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The Sweet Charm of Distance Paperback – November 11, 2015
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The author is himself, a Baby Boomer, so the recollections and history are valid and believable. He tells the story of Jacqueline and Dalton who had a five-month affair in 1980 that did not end well. Three decades later they are reunited and, while the coast is now clear for their relationship to rekindle, much has happened along the way to make that very difficult. Even though they are both free to do so, the leftover baggage on Dalton's side threatens to make it impossible. I was left wondering until the end, what would really happen, and I liked that suspense.
The characters were credible, because they weren't perfect. They did things they weren't necessarily proud of, but would have been impossible for them not to do. Without giving too much away, the love affair left Dalton exhausted and grieving, and there are a couple of passages that describe his state of mind at the end of it that I thought were quite moving.
This book is a good read. It would appeal to women, especially Boomer women, for the beautiful love story and the hope of reconciliation even after so long a time. It will appeal to men, as well, as they can identify with Dalton and his conflicts. I recommend this book, with no reservations.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."