Saturday, September 19, 2009

On The Bluffs by Steven Schindler

Have you ever wondered what happened to a past love, maybe you have even gone so far as to search for them on the internet? We have all wondered what might have been, and how different our lives might be if our paths had not gone in different directions. On The Bluffs by Steven Schindler is the story of a man who finds a lost love and risks everything to keep it. The novel explores this question in an entertaining story of relationships, romance and mystery, with a dash of humor thrown in for good measure.

Brian DeLouise is a radio producer in Washington, DC. He works double shifts while his cheating spouse, Frances, looks for his replacement. An image on the internet reminds him of a lost love and brings on regrets. Twenty years ago, he and Portia met when he worked summer theatre at her mother's house in North Hampton. He fell in love but at the end of the summer Portia took a trip abroad and he never heard from her again. A few clicks on Google and he discovers her mother's house on the bluffs is still there. He's stuck in a loveless marriage and laid off from his job - what does he have to lose? Brian finds more than he bargained for when he takes a trip to the coast. The mansion is falling apart, the family is dysfunctional and their geriatric boarders have their own set of problems but Brian finds the love of his life and is determined not to lose her again. He gives in to Frances' demands so he can get a quick divorce but Portia is keeping secrets that threaten to separate them forever.

Shindler sets his scene well. He makes you feel like you are right there whether it's in DC or North Hampton. The character of Brian is fully fleshed out and I got a real sense of who he is. I loved Portia but I had trouble understanding why she disappeared as a young woman and I would have liked to know more about the villain and what made him such a creep. Despite those minor flaws, I loved the story. The plot was original, full of clever twists and turns and very engrossing. It's a story that will make you believe in second chances.

Publisher: The Elevated Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0966240818
Paperback: 300 Pages
Price: $14.95

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