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Twilight : a novel
Katherine Mosby
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From Publishers' Weekly:

(The Season of Lillian Dawes; Private Altars) has built a low-key literary career based on female characters who flout convention, and this potentially engrossing novel set in France on the brink of World War II cleaves to type. When the well-born American Lavinia Gibbs, in her late 30s, shocks her family by breaking off her engagement to a suitable if dour man in her own social set, a quick getaway feels necessary, and a transatlantic journey is soon in the offing. Armed with the delicious dual freedoms of solitude and her father's money, Lavinia is in search of adventure in the City of Lights. Despite Lavinia's optimal circumstances she's a single, sexually adventurous woman with money in Paris the author never quite manages to conjure up much joie de vivre. Though Mosby has a flair for descriptive passages (He made even her name look beautiful, slanting in black strokes across the blue stationery, like startled birds filling a patch of sky), her third novel is diminished by stilted dialogue and slow pacing; readers don't meet Lavinia's main romantic interest until well into the novel's second half. And while Lavinia's romance with the married Frenchman, Gaston Lesseur, is not without its tepid charms, few readers will be swept away by the couple's uninspiring affair. Agent, Kathy Robbins at Authors' Representatives. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Lavinia Gibbs flees her life of privilege in 1930s New York and heads to Paris. Born at the turn of the century, she has disgraced her family by spurning her boring fianc?. Lavinia settles into a quiet middle-aged life of small activities until her restlessness propels her to begin working for Gaston Lesseur, a banker who is readying the apartment of his late father-in-law for sale. Gaston, an occasional lothario who is fond of his wife and will never leave her, is taken with Lavinia's American independence. What begins as an employer/employee relationship conducted mostly through correspondence explodes into a passionate affaire de coeur. With the drumbeat of war sounding evermore in the background, Mosby takes her readers through the heady details of a new romance that blinds lovers to the costs of adultery. The tensions of war and the strain of an illicit union collide in the author's now signature twist of fate, resulting in an ending both startling and fitting. Mosby first introduced Lavinia in The Season of Lillian Dawes. Readers entranced with the beautiful precision of Twilight will demand this earlier title. Highly recommended.-Beth E. Andersen, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Lavinia Gibbs
Age: 30s
Breaks off her engagementt with her stuffy fiance; aprents wil lnot forgive her so she packs up her things and moves to Paris; falls in love with Gaston; becomes his mistress.

Lesseur. Gaston

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