A Collector of Affections

by Judith Glynn

Verdict: A fast-paced love story about two people who have a difficult time either letting go of the past or forging ahead alone in life.

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3.0

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Leah Lynch divorced her husband when her children were teenagers. Instead of staying in her native Rhode Island, she moved to Manhattan to become a novelist. Now in her fifties, she is living the life she’s always dreamt of: she’s a successful writer, she’s independent, has a close-knit group of girlfriends, and lives in a fabulous apartment.

But once her daughter becomes engaged and sets a wedding date, Leah realizes she is lacking something: a committed partner. Worried about returning to Rhode Island alone for her daughter’s wedding, Leah vows to only date men who are in it for the long term.  So she travels to Spain to meet her old flame, Javier. On her flight, she is seated next to Miguel, a dashing man her age who is originally from Spain but has lived in the US since his preteens.

As Leah soon learns, Javier is only looking for an open relationship. Newly widowed, he claims he needs to focus on his two teenage children. Leah is disappointed, but cheers up when Miguel phones her. They end up starting an affair that spans three countries and even more heartbreaks. The big question looms: will Leah be able to straighten out her relationship with Miguel before her daughter’s wedding? Or is Miguel a hopeless mess?

Judith Glynn is a natural travel writer. Her descriptions of Spain, Portugal, New York, and Rhode Island are vivid and enticing. While at times the dialogue seemed stilted and the characters’ indecision frustrating, this novel is a fast-paced love story about two people who have a difficult time either letting go of the past or forging ahead alone in life.

Reviewed by Susan Blumberg-Kason for IndieReader

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