After being away for five years, author Mike Hurst returns to his cottage in the village where all that had occurred. But what had occurred? That which made him flee the village in the first place. Yes, but what was it? Ah! But that’s the story.
Tormented by something that he chooses not to share with anyone, Hurst returns to where it had all begun. He is discomfited to find that while he hasn’t been able to move ahead, the others with whom he was closely involved, have gone on with their lives. Christabel, the girl he loved is married to the vicar; Elizabeth, the girl who had a crush on him, is working as a secretary in the nearby town; Jack, Elizabeth’s brother and a contender for Christabel’s affections has left town.
Hurst tries to settle in, reacquainting himself with the people, especially the two girls but remains in deep sorrow. Slowly, it dawns on the reader what could be tormenting our hero… The end confirms it but by that time the stretching had made me indifferent to the story and the characters.
This is the second disappointment for me from Hubbard. As he is considered an accomplished author, perhaps I am not reading the right books. Any suggestions?
First Line: He recognised the cottage instantly and in detail, but it did not seem at all familiar.
Publishing Details: London: Macmillan, 1973
First Published: 1973
Source: Open Library
Other books read of the same author: The Dancing Man