How can anyone not fall in love with a book that begins: Sabrina had never picked a lock in her life, but it was done every day in books.
Four and a half stars. This is the sweetest ghost story I've ever read! I rather like ghost stories, but haven't read very many. In fact, I've probably written more of them than I've read.
It's because I don't go for the typical "scary ghost story" as much as "ghosts as a manifestation of people who cannot be forgotten."
I've been looking for a ghost story like this one and am so pleased I've found it! The only book that has come near to meeting this foggy, undefined criteria is A Fine and Private Place. That was a good book, but Tryst touched me so much more. 4.5 stars
What secrets lay behind the locked door at top of the stairs? Sabrina, determined to find out, begins a quest that not even she with her lively imagination could ever have dreamed.
Seventeen year old Sabrina, her father and Aunt Effie accompanied by Effie's pampered dog, Bella, have rented a nine bedroom house in the Mendip Hills. Sabrina's father, a retired professor wants to explore ancient encampments in the area while working on a book about prehistoric England. Sabrina loves the house and quiet countryside, especially after the tight quarters and noisy streets of London. She is free to roam, to read, to dream, to explore everythingexcept for the locked room. Mrs. Pilton, the housekeeper, a taciturn woman, explains that the room is kept locked until the landlord's son returns from his travels.
In her quiet and dignified way, Mrs. Pilton is a strong and sympathetic character and later becomes Sabrina's ally and comforter. She doesn't waste any words, especially when she is speaking with Aunt Effie. Aunt Effie, effusive and demanding, is high strung, too high strung for the gentle and reflective Sabrina. Scenes with pampered Bella and Aunt Effie are often humorously chaotic. Sabrina's father is usually absent from all family matters and defers Sabrina's care to Aunt Effie.
The locked room is Sabrina's turning point in her sheltered world. Once she gains access, her vistas openhundreds of books await her daily visits and her growing curiosity about their owner gradually brings her closer to him. What is his name? When will he return? Does he feel her presence in his room as she feels his?
This is a love story, a story of the fragile connections and eternal bonds between two worlds. This beautifully written story is not maudlin, nor a romance, although it is romantic (view spoiler)[ and I did shed a few tears at the end! I didn't tag this ghost story although there is obviously a ghost. For me, the elements of ghost story disappeared into the love story. (hide spoiler)]
“Sabrina had never picked a lock in her life, but it was done every day in books. She tiptoed along the carpeted upper passage and whisked around the corner to the second flight of stairs leading to the top floor of the house. Gripped tightly in one hand she carried her burglar tools nail scissors with curved points, a buttonhook, and some wire hairpins stolen from Aunt Effie’s dressingtable.”
The story of what had lead Sabrina to take such drastic action, and of what happened next, was lovely. If Mary Stewart and D E Stevenson had ever sat down together to write a ghost story it might have been rather like this.
Sabrina Archer was the loveliest of heroines; she was bright, she was bookish, and her sheltered upbringing had made her older is some ways and younger it others than her seventeen years. I found her so easy to love, so easy to understand, and why heart would rise and fall with hers as events unfolded.
She had moved with her selfabsorbed father and conventional aunt to Nuns Farthing, a house they have rented in the English countryside. There was one locked room at the top of the stairs. The housekeeper explained that it was because the family member who usually occupied that room was away, abroad, and that the family hadn’t wanted to disturb his things. It was perfectly reasonable, there was more than enough house room without it, but for reasons she didn’t entirely understand Sabrina was irresistibly drawn to that one room. hence the nail scissors, the buttonhook and the hairpins.
When she gained access to the room, when she saw the desk, the armchairs, the bookshelves, the wonderful array of books on those shelves, Sabrina knew that she had been right to do what she did. Everything about the room felt like home; that feeling grew as she spent time there, and so did her interest in its absent occupant.
Hilary Shenstone was wounded on assignment in India for the Home Office and then , as he was being flown back for medical treatment, his plane was shot down. Hilary’s final thoughts were of England, and especially of Nuns Farthing. His spirit found its back there, found strangers in the house, found a kindred spirit in his room.
It wouldn’t be fair to say much more about the story than that.
There were some lovely moments, some amusing, some heartwarming, some sad, as Hilary made his way home and as Sabrina curled up in an armchair to read from his bookshelves. And though the arc of the story had a feeling of inevitability it never felt predictable, and I was always held in the moment. I was involved. I cared.
The characters are simply drawn, the logic probably wouldn’t stand up to close inspection, and I can’t deny that the story is sentimental. But it works beautifully, if you take it for what it is: a simple, ghostly, oldfashioned romance.
The ending seemed a little melodramatic, but suddenly it became so very bittersweet.
Oh how I wish that I could shelve ‘Tryst’ alongside stories like ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’, ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ and ‘Still She Wished for Company’and not have to give it back to the library.
I know though that, even without a copy of the book on hand, Sabrina and her story will be staying with me.
A novel about a young woman who, as tenant of an English country house, becomes fixated on a room she’s not supposed to enter, and the man whose room it used to be. 1939.
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This book has been on my "to read" list for over two yearsand what's more, it's been a nagging book on that list for over two years! I've known since reading the brief plot description that this would be a very special book. And guess what...It was! If you can get your hands on a copy without breaking the bank, I'd recommend it wholeheartedly.
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And I'm glad it was, I really enjoyed this, it was comfortable, easy and familiar. It reminded me of books I read when I was young. For some reason author Phyllis Whitney comes to mind, though I couldn't tell you what books of hers I've read.
I felt I'd read this before, then when I read the ending I wondered if maybe I really had read it before. It's been around since 1939... Then I wondered if there had been a movie based on the book... Anyway it's one of those "feels so familiar" kind of books. I often feel the same way about Daphne Du Marier's novels.
This is not a book that one can just run out to the local bookstore and grab off the shelf. It was last printed in wide release in the 70's, and is now available mainly used or through reprint services, so it requires a little tracking down. Nevertheless, I would argue that it will be worth the effort for most readers. The story starts out just after World War I and follows 17 yearold Sabrina as her father and aunt move her from their London flat to a leased house in the country. Sabrina immediately becomes fascinated by the locked room on the top floor and picks the lock, only to discover a room filled with books and mementos that looks as if the owner stepped out only recently. The room belongs to the owner's younger brother, who we discover is on a covert operation in India. Without giving too much away, I can tell you that the room's owner ends up returning to his room (under some unusual circumstances) and finds a kindred spirit in Sabrina. There are some aspects to this story that some people might criticize. It's sentimental, some of the characters are twodimensional, and the social relationships reflect the book's 1939 publication date. To these people I would argue that "you're thinking too much!" This is a book to read on a lazy afternoon, or to stay up too late just so you can finish it, not a book for close reading and intense discussion. I will be keeping this book close. I'm certain that it will be one of those books that I read again and again: the written equivalent of comfort food. This is an old favorite from my youth and I pulled it out recently to see if it would still give that sense of comfort and innocent love, mixed with gentle spookiness. It does, in spades! I'm planning on reading more Elswyth Thane and recovering oldfashioned courtly romanceI'm sick of brassy, bold, foulmouthed characters!