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Friends and Lovers [Paperback]

Helen MacInnes

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24 Jan 2014
David Bosworth and Penelope Lorrimer seem to have everything against them. He is a penniless undergraduate at Oxford with a head full of dreams; she is the daughter of a well-to-do Edinburgh family who have great ambitions for her. Nevertheless their friendship defies the gulf between their social backgrounds, and the opposition that they encounter draws them closer than any love more easily won. But as the shadow of war creeps over Europe, there will be greater challenges before they can hope to be together.

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Definitely in the top class. --Daily Mail

Exhilarating, eventful, romantic.. --New York Herald Tribune

About the Author

Helen MacInnes (1907-1985) was the Scottish-born American author of 21 spy novels. Dubbed the queen of spy writers, her books have sold more than 25 million copies in the United States alone and have been translated into over 22 languages. Several of her books have been adapted into films, such as Above Suspicion (1943), with Joan Crawford, and The Salzburg Connection (1972).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Romance from the Inside Out - MacInnes Style 2 May 2006
By BobDD - Published on
Helen Macinnes, best known for Cold War spy stories, uses her intense style of character study to detail this love-at-first-sight romance, complicated by sabotage from both families. David (a student from London) and Penelope (a debutante from Edinburgh meet at a vacation hideaway on an Irish island. Penny's family use ridicule and classism to label David as not worthy. Her questioning artistic spirit has never fully fit into family expectations, but David is viewed as the ultimate threat to family loyalty and parental discipline. David's family expect him to sacrifice all to become breadwinner in support of their own vainglorious pursuits. So the new couple carry on their romance largely in secret from their family, and school and workplace friends replace their family as supportive mainstays. Their developing relationship require each to rethink their goals and how they might reach them. Their growing maturity (very satisfying) brings realistic conflicts that speed them to the stories climax. A character-study driven romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great love story 14 Jun 2014
By Kim H. McAlister - Published on
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This is one of my favorite of Helen MacInnes books. This is not only a love story, but also a story of two young people launching their professional and personal lives in a way that reflects the deep, abiding principles that govern their lives. They are presented with many challenges and obstacles, but demonstrate the power of love and commitment in overcoming them. The couple become a team and learn to rely on each other and their ingenuity to succeed.
5.0 out of 5 stars About relationships 4 Feb 2007
By M. Halai - Published on
This book is very different from Helen Macinnes' usual spy thrillers. It is a love story - but it is so much more. This is basically the story of a young impoverished student David who meets a girl from a more well off family and the barriers they have to overcome. The book explores the problems of developing and maintaining relationships, whether with family, friends, or lovers. Some parts seem a bit dated now but it's uplifting without being soppy. And the writing is excellent. Ms. Macinnes has a way with words.
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