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Summer love, Coming of age, Infidelity, 1960s girlhood, Family, College and career, Marriage and divorce

Caroline Bennett
by C. E. Leonard




… I do believe in love at first sight. The moment Rob turned and smiled at me on the first night we met, we both knew that we’d love each other forever …

It’s the first long weekend of the summer of 1962, and sixteen-year-old Carrie is excited, as always, when her family opens up their lakeside cottage. Even better, she’s finally old enough to attend a dance in the area. That’s where she meets handsome, charismatic Rob, who like Carrie, loves horses and is an accomplished rider. That summer turns into a happy haze of vacation fun and fervent teenage love, and though some of Carrie’s family and friends warn her that Rob’s a bit of a player, she’s far too smitten to listen. Rob’s just as besotted, though, and to many people’s surprise, he doesn’t drop Carrie when summer ends … in fact, it isn’t very long before he presents her with a ring.

But love isn’t always enough, and something terrible happens that throws Carrie into an emotional tailspin, forcing her to assess her priorities, rediscover her emotional equilibrium, and somehow find a new direction for her life. With vividly created time and place, a magical evocation of lakeside summer resort-life, and moving insight into what it is to completely give one’s heart away, author Christine Leonard takes readers on a captivating journey from cottage life in Ontario, to the glamor of Paris, exotic European locations, and big-city life in Toronto. The story of a love that lasts a lifetime, Caroline Bennett will break your heart and then delicately, beautifully, reassemble the pieces.


Christine Leonard has an honours degree in English and taught English until she went on to become a high school principal and school superintendent. She loves to walk and has hiked through all of the fascinating locales her heroine visits in Caroline Bennett. Like Carrie, she too has a passion for riding. Christine lives north of Toronto in the beautiful Keswick, Sutton area she explores in her book.


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