I may be unduly hard to please but this book left me, if not cold, then not much warmed up. Henry Griswald , now an old man, remembers and tells the story of an affair that shattered the peace and quiet of the little town he lived in as a boy when his headmaster of a father hired a beautiful young woman, Elizabeth Channing, to teach art at his school. The exotic orphaned creature will cast spells both around young Henry and another teacher, Leland Reed, who by rights should have known better as he was married and the father of a little girl. There is not much to interest here as this story of passion, infidelity and supposed murders has been done times and times again and most of the time with greater talent. We are even cheated of the murders as we are tantalized by a tale that never really materializes, in fact there were deaths yes, but no murders (as such). As for young Henry, the boy who feels stifled and yearns for escape, sees a lot but doesn't understand the whole picture... this same plotline of an adult character going back in time has been done so well by Mc Ewan in "Atonement" that it is somewhat painful to see a similar attempt fail so utterly miserably. I was never once convinced ! Too banal by far this story that depends too much on caricatures, the temptress, the wounded-in-the-war teacher, the good man, his inflexible and hard-hearted wife... There is even a convenient death in a prison at the end to bring pathos and probably a few tears to the reader's eye. Mine remained dry and yet it is generally very easy to make me cry.