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Tryst Hardcover – June 1, 1980
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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.Read more ›
I loved this book enough to search it out after decades of remembering it.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a delightful read. I enjoyed reading Elswyth Thane's books 50 years ago and I enjoyed this one, too! The characters are recognizable and easy to like.Published 3 months ago by Mary Gale
It was and is a wonderful love story. I read it years ago as a teenager and many times since then. It never grows old. paperback. Read morePublished 13 months ago by granny shorty
This is my favorite ghost story of all time. OK, it is the only ghost story I've read since grade school and the Ghost of Dibble Hollow. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steve
I'm a huge fan of Elswyth Thane and have read most of her books when I was younger. When I discovered a new hardbound version of "Tryst" I ordered it immediately. Read morePublished 22 months ago by iiiireader
I read this when I was in high school and had been looking for an affordable copy for years so my daughters could read it. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Debra Swanson
This is one of my all time favorite books, a lovely ghost story romance. It's also difficult to find, so I was overjoyed to get such a nice copy. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Jessica Kramer
I first read this book when I was around thirteen, and loved it so much that I have read it at least once a year since then, guarding my paperback copy carefully ( which I must,... Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Lady Trinity
I, too, read this book for the first time years ago while in high school. What a story. It stayed with me for a long, long time. Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Marianne E. Murray