First novel of the Clearharbour Trilogy
Publisher: iUniverse
Hardcover: 496 pp
ISBN 0595674003
ISBN-13: 9780595674008
Published: Oct 2005
Paperback: 479 pp
ISBN: 0595366538
ISBN-13: 9780595366538
Published: Oct 2005

LOOK BACK WITH LONGING

When classically trained dancer Geneva Sterling auditions with British variety dancer Tony Selby in 1915, the magic they create is immediate. How can anything stand in the way of these two gifted dancers, bound for an illustrious career on the stage? Yet, each is guarding a secret from the past-the hidden details of which are derailing their futures even as they first meet. Their dancing will defy all limits. Will their love defy all odds?

Excerpt from PROLOGUE:

November 30, 1959
Geneva stands on the front walk of 1207 Heights Boulevard, shivering in her wool traveling suit. She had forgotten how quickly the sky will turn from hazy blue to iron gray and the temperature will plunge, when the sharp swift blade of a cold front cuts through Houston. The house is for sale again, according to the sign, and luckily it is vacant: She will be spared asking permission to walk around the back of the property. How would she convince the owner of her wish to see a place she knew once upon a time, when no visible evidence remains that it was there?
It strikes her as ironic that while it was not by choice she moved to this address forty-five years ago, she wound up residing here for more years than anyone else, before or since. The house is in pretty bad shape at this pointó the wood siding is all but bare of paint, and wears the fragile patina of age; the screen in the screen door has curled away from all four corners of the frame, as if offended by its disrepair; and the window shades have warped and turned the color of tobacco stains. Yetóat least from where she is standing at this momentóthe house appears structurally unchanged from the way she remembers it, with the wide wrap-around porch, the bay windows in the two front rooms, and the oval window in the center of the second story, from which she once peered down to watch the sure-footed field of energy that was Tony Selby walk out of her life before she could fully appreciate what she was losing.
No sign exists of the lush gardens once here, over which she toiled for hours, her knees and back aching, sweat pouring off her forehead and upper lip, and trickling down between her breasts and shoulder blades. Snapdragons, begonias, impatiens, petunias and many another variety grew in this part of the yard where there was a good balance of light and shade; and a bed of roses grew in the sunny side yard. All the flowers she plantedóbut especially the rosesówere a means of holding on to a memory, and forming what she hoped from time to time and against all reasonable odds, might be a bridge between past and future.
Apparently one of the succession of owners abandoned the challenge of growing grass in the front yard, for there are only a few brownish patches here and there, and the rest is bare earth, making the ground look like it has a skin disease. You were always up against the many thirsty trees with spreading branches: oaks and elms, and sweet gums with prickly pods that stung like spider bites under bare feet. She recognizes most of the trees in the yard today as having been here when first she came. They survived the 1915 storm in far better shape than she did.

Selected Works

Fiction
The tale of one survivor of the London School explosion of March 18th, 1937
Book one of the CLEARHARBOUR TRILOGY. An intriguing story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption, set in the U.S. and England in the dark days of WWI, through the reckless 1920's.
The second book in the CLEARHARBOUR TRILOGY, ELIZABETH'S LEGACY carries forward the story of the Selby family through the romance and political intrigue of World War II, in England and the United States
Sweeping from the English coast to the shores of America, this stunning conclusion to the CLEARHARBOUR TRILOGY follows the Selby family into the third generation.
"The plot is both plausible and facinating. The ending is devastating and unexpected. You won't forget this story ten minutes after you put it down."
-- Gazette Telegraph, Colorado Springs
"Casts a spell!"
-- Publishers Weekly
"Imaginative gusto... feverish... seductive"
-- Harper's Bookletter
"A fascinating multi-generational story that is full of intriguing twist and turns."
-- Booklist
"Poignant yet unsentimental... Engrossing plot... highly recommended."
-- Library Journal
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