Eleanor and Abel by Annette Sanford

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From an award-winning writer, an utterly charming, delightfully fractured fairy tale of a romance between two people old enough to know better. When a storm tears a hole in Miss Eleanor Bannister's roof, the itinerant carpenter who volunteers to repair it is so capable and charming that he remodels Miss Eleanor's life. A retired schoolteacher in the town where she's always lived, Eleanor, at age sixty-nine, finds the sudden presence of Abel Brown in her life unnerving and unsettling --and after a time, irresistible. He shakes up her fixed ideas of who she is and starts her wanting something she never imagined for herself. Amid many complications, Eleanor and Abel proceed on the fractious course of their courtship, in a novel that is never less than captivating, witty, and pointedly clear-eyed.

About Annette Sanford

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Sanford taught high school English for many years before becoming a full-time writer in the mid-1970s.
Published January 1, 2003 by Arrow Books Ltd. 224 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eleanor is unprepared, then, for the arrival of Abel Brown, an itinerant 70-year-old carpenter who lives in a trailer and shows up at the door one day asking Eleanor to rent him the rundown cottage she owns across town.

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