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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd; Reprint of the original edition of 1939. edition (June 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884119564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884119562
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Diana Faillace Von Behren VINE VOICE on November 1, 2002
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If movies like the "The Ghost and Mrs Muir" send a sentimental chill up your spine, prepare yourself for a treat---"Tryst", originally published in 1939, contains the same thrill of the supernatural bound by romantic love.
Lovely 17-year old Sabrina lives in the rented country estate, Nuns Farthing, with the rest of her dysfunctional family---her bitter father, Alan, and her fusty spinster aunt, Effie. From the moment the door of the room at the top of the stairs is opened for her by sympathetic and sensitive housekeeper, Mrs Pilton, imaginative and lonely Sabrina conjurs up an entire history revolving around the room's previous inhabitant, Hilary Shenstone. The Shenstones own Nuns Farthing and the youngest son, Hilary is off in India carrying on in his father's dangerous tradition of intrepid Englishman working for the Home Office. As Sabrina thumbs through Hilary's library at home, we glimpse a bit of the adventure of Hilary's life as his plane goes down miles away from Nuns Farthing. Instantaneously, thoughts of his childhood mysteriously and irrationally capture his mind, and Hilary finds this inexplicable longing compells him to make the long journey home. After much soul-seeking and understanding, Hilary reconciles with his old life and moves towards his new one back at the home of his childhood. When he arrives, Mrs. Pilton recognizes him on sight and sends him with her blessings up to his old room where she knows Sabrina innocently awaits. And as Hilary first lays eyes on the lovely fresh-faced girl, he realizes why he was driven to make this homecoming---this is the girl he is destined for, the ONE he has been waiting for up until now to make his wife.
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Agreeing with all the other reviewers, this is one of the best romantic stories I have ever read, as well as a stunning and beautifully handled novel on the afterlife. Along with the film The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Tryst is one of the wonderful stories about love that truly meant something, not like what we read about or see in films lately. The book is emotionally moving, but also intelligent, being a contrast to a lot of the nonsense being written these days. This is a hopeful story as well as a tragic one, and it has haunted me for nearly 30 years. I was ecstatic to discover it was in print!
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I read this book when I was in high school, remembered it deeply, clearly, and have hunted for a copy of it for nearly two decades. It's a very sweet love story, with all the undercurrents and tensions of complex human lives. I agree with the reviewer that said that the situation of the out-of-sync lovers is both memorable and so deftly resolved.
I loved this book enough to search it out after decades of remembering it.
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This book is one of the memorable ones from my adolescence. I was a freshman in high school at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington Dealware, when my school had a book fair with a bookmobile full of new books for sale. I picked out Tryst, read it, fell in love with it, and read it over and over again through my high school years. It was the perfect read for an introverted, bookish teenage girl who, like Sabrina, had a much more romantic idea of love than what passed for romance with the silly boys wanting to make out in the back seats of cars.

Hilary and Sabrina - a love story, a ghost story, a romance of adventure even though Sabrina never leaves the staid English countryside.

I have a used book business now, and I listed my battered old copy of Tryst for sale, for $26. I couldn't resist, most mass market paperbacks have far less resale value. Obviously, there are others who appreciate this book and love it as I do.

Yesterday somebody bought my copy. So I had to give it one last read. i stayed up all night, carefully turning pages so as not to make a well-worn book even more so. I just finished it again, and will ship it tomorrow. Sigh. Will I ever see the book again? It is true, it reads as well for a 55 year old as for a 14 year old.
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I was introduced to TRYST in 1967 when I was a high school senior. I have read TRYST again every year and still love it dearly. What is it about this extraordinary book, written in the 1930s that still holds so many of us enthralled? The idea of eternal love, that death is no barrier to? Young Sabrina, sheltered by her aloof father and somewhat dingy aunt, comes to a home called Nuns Farthing and falls in love with an absent son of the family -- away on a mission in India. She loves him sight unseen and waits for his return. But the Fates have thrown them a curve ball. Nonetheless, Hilary and Sabrina find one another. The philosophies in this book come out the more you read -- the thing you're reaching for won't be there until it's time for you to have it. Hilary and Sabrina may be star-crossed lovers, but their story is one that continues to touch the hearts of all who read it. It is timeless -- in every sense of the word.
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...perfectly balanced, perfectly plotted, and perfectly wonderful.
I wish I had written this book. I wish I *could* have written this book. Tryst is the story of a love that death could not destroy, and is my favorite romance book ever. Sabrina and Hilary transcend time, and their love will widen the range of your heart.
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