Montreal, 1951. Imagine you briefly meet a handsome young man but have little hope of seeing him again. When he tracks you down and asks you on a date, your happiness turns to amazement: he is extremely wealthy.
Rebecca, 18, lives with her family in a working-class Jewish neighborhood. When Sol Gottesman takes her in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce to the most expensive restaurant in the city, she enters a world of upper-class privilege. Her romantic dreams are coming true.
But clouds gather as she learns that despite his outward charm, Sol lacks self-confidence. On a visit to Mount Royal overlooking Montreal, he reveals the simmering conflicts in his family. Rebecca loves him, but helping Sol stand up to his family, puts her squarely in the midst of it all.
Wondering if their relationship can survive, Rebecca struggles to control events with humor and forgiveness. But Sol has a secret that threatens their future happiness. And then, a late night telephone call changes her life forever.
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Born in 1946, I grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts, graduating from Arlington High School in 1964. I attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, majoring in English literature. During my junior year, I studied English Literature at Oxford University and travelled in Europe.
After graduating in 1968, I enlisted in the Air Force one step ahead of my draft board’s invitation to join the army and travel to Vietnam. I married Susan, my high school girlfriend, during leave between tech school and my posting to the Philippines at Clark Air Base. During my final two years in the military, my wife and I lived near Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington D.C.
Discharged from the military in 1972, I attended Boston University on the GI Bill for a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. The following summer, I was hired by the University of New Hampshire to script and film videotapes about government social programs for the elderly.
My videotape grant ran out in 1976, but luckily at that time, companies were eager to hire people for their IT departments. Although I had no computer experience, I was hired by Liberty Mutual Insurance to attend their three-month training course. I learned later that the major reason I was hired was my writing and communications background. An English degree can be a valuable asset!
During my 35 years in information technology, I worked in the financial and insurance industries. I retired from Massachusetts Financial Services in spring of 2012.
My wife and I moved north of Boston in 1974. Our daughter lives in Ireland with her husband. Our son and his wife are both pediatricians working in Rhode Island. We have four grandchildren.
Since retirement, I spend 3 – 4 hours a day, writing, usually in a local coffee shop.