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An Improbable Pairing
Gary Dickson. Greenleaf Book Group, $16.95 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-62634-579-9
Themes of role reversal, seduction, and culture clash abound in Dickson’s wistful historical debut. It’s the summer of 1963, the pinnacle of America’s Camelot era, and 22-year-old Scott Stoddard is about to depart New York, bound for Geneva and graduate school. As he waves to his parents from the ocean liner’s rail, he notices an older woman of unequaled beauty and sophistication in the dockside crowd. Although the Countess Desirée de Rovere is clearly out of his league—in both years and style—Scott can’t stop thinking about her. Luckily, they meet on the ship, and eventually she seduces him amid the luxurious playgrounds of the mid-century European jet set. But before they can have their happy ending, the couple must overcome obstacles such as differences of age, culture, and religion. There’s little in the way of tension, but this undemanding, pleasant tale features capably drawn characters who appear to float unmoored inside a romantic travel brochure. (BookLife)

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on 03/22/2019

Release date 01/01/2019