No Fond Return of Love

No Fond Return of Love

eBook - 2013
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Three lonely people come together in this poignant, witty novel of star-crossed romance from the New York Times -bestselling author of Jane and Prudence .
After being jilted by her fiancé, Dulcie Mainwaring despairs of ever finding true love. For a distraction, she goes to a publishing conference, where she meets Viola Dace, a dramatic woman who refuses to live without romance, as well as Aylwin Forbes, an editor whom Viola adores. The fact that Aylwin is married doesn't stop Viola. When her amorous pursuit prompts Aylwin's wife to leave him, the academic heartthrob is wide open to Viola's romantic attentions. That is, until Dulcie's eighteen-year-old niece moves in with Viola, and the young girl soon catches Aylwin's roving eye. Set in London in the early 1960s, No Fond Return of Love is a delightful comedy of manners that comes full circle as Dulcie discovers a love as unexpected as it is liberating.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2013.
ISBN: 9781453279625
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Sep 21, 2013

I love the thoughts of Barbara Pym's characters in this book. It's that simple.

jeanner222 Feb 20, 2013

Our story begins at a conference in Derbyshire. Bibliographers, editors, and indexers gather at a girls’ boarding school to discuss their craft. Dulcie Mainwaring attends and hopes to forget her recently broken engagement. She is the focus of our story.

At the conference, she meets two others: Viola Dace and Aylwin Forbes. Viola is like Dulcie: a single woman, over the age of thirty, doing thankless work for academics. Aylwin is an academic, and Viola has worked for him. The three form an interesting triangle, each with their own ambitions, problems, and relationships.

I did not enjoy this as much as the other two novels I’ve read by Pym. Perhaps there was just a little too much going on in this novel.


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