Elopement: a Memoir has been a long time in the making. Years to write, too long to publish. And at last, I am happy that it is available for sale. Thanks to everyone involved.
Elopement: a Memoir is the story of a late-in-life courtship and marriage. A story about part of my life, it is as true as any story can be, given the vagaries of memory. I hope you enjoy it, and that it resonates with some of my readers.
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Back cover blurb of Elopement: a Memoir
‘I could fall in love with this man,’ I thought fleetingly. But then I remembered. I didn’t do that any more.’
From the opening words of Elopement: a Memoir, when Maureen Helen sees her friend John’s much loved old yacht rocking gently on the tide, we know she is in for a life-changing adventure. Maureen, nearing seventy, tells John she hopes she can still take on challenges when she is eighty, and he replies, ‘What will stop us?’
Their decision to elope to avoid the complications of a family wedding is a defiant act that symbolises the risk and spirit of adventure that make this story sing. Troubles arise — different ideas of how to share a life in a house that is haunted by painful memories, family troubles, giving up hard-won independence, illness, depression. But love survives. This moving, funny, honest story will surprise and delight you. It fills a gap in our literature in its celebration of the joys, tribulations and transformations that late love can bring.
I would love to hear what you think about this new book book. Reviews will be gratefully acknowledged.