By Courtney Walsh
A light scrapbook unearths secrets and techniques that reconnect outdated pals in a spot referred to as Sweethaven.
Campbell Carter has come to Sweethaven looking for solutions approximately her mother's background. previous to wasting a conflict with melanoma, Suzanne Carter despatched letters to youth associates from her native land of Sweethaven, Michigan. Suzanne's 3 pals -- Lila, Jane, and Meghan -- haven't spoken in years, but every one has items of a scrapbook they made jointly as ladies. Suzanne's letters have lured all of them again to the idyllic lakeside city, the place they meet Campbell and start to recollect what was once so exact approximately their lengthy Sweethaven summers. because the scrapbook unearths secrets and techniques from the prior, previous wounds are mended, lives are replaced, and friendships are restored -- simply as Suzanne meant.
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The Plain is flat as the Fens but in a bad shape. Along the way I fueled myself with the last pastries and stopped at impoverished cottages for cups of water. Nobody said much, but nobody said no. Thanks to a headwind and a chain that kept slipping off, the afternoon was growing old before I finally reached Ayrs’s home village of Neerbeke. A silent blacksmith showed me how to get to Château Zedelghem by elaborating my map with a pencil stub. A lane with harebells and toadflax growing in the middle led me past a deserted lodge house to a once stately avenue of mature Italian poplars.
Vyvyan Ayrs, I presumed. The easy part of my daydream was over. Leant the bicycle against the wall, told the valet I had business with his master. He was civil enough, and led me around to Ayrs’s terrace, and announced my arrival in German. Ayrs a husk of a man, as if his illness has sucked all juice out of him, but stopped myself kneeling on the cinder path like Sir Percival before King Arthur. Our overture proceeded more or less like this. “Good afternoon, Mr. ’ ” “Robert Frobisher, sir, from Saffron Walden.
S wardrobe. Mood was that black. ” He pointed at the beech tree, and his gesture said, Walk that way, just on the other side. I set off, jumped a neglected ha-ha, but before I’d reached the crest, the noise of galloping bore down on me, and Miss Eva van Outryve de Crommelynck—from now plain old Crommelynck shall have to do or I’ll run out of ink—rode up on her black pony. I greeted her. She cantered around me like Queen Boadicea, pointedly unresponsive. “How humid the air is today,” I small-talked sarcastically.
A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh