by Stephanie Gertler

November 2004
ISBN: 0-525-94800-7
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As we age our lives change, and we meet people who might seem to be an innocent part of our lives, but in the end have a profound impact on the rest of our future. This is the story of Carl Larkin. This in turn becomes the story that also affects his wife, Olivia.

Carl is thought of as a bit of a nutty professor. Very dependent on his secretary to keep his appointments, and life in the order he likes. Olivia is a bit more free spirited as once she had aspirations of becoming an actress. Theyíve been married for years and believe that they know when another in a way that no one else knows them.

What they find out during the course of The Windmill, is not only do they not truly know each other, but they donít even really know themselves. Their story starts with the unlikely disappearance of Carl. Where has he gone and why?

Looking for solace Olivia turns to what I think would be a natural comfort place for many of usÖhome to mom. The comfort of home isnít quite what Olivia was expecting. Life has given her parents an unhappy surprise. Her father is suffering from Alzheimerís, and is in the early stages yet. The course of his disease has given Oliviaís mother a new perspective on life, and the advice that she once gave Olivia now has a distinctly different tone.

As Olivia has to deal with memories of her past, Carl has to face up to his own past, and confront it to ensure his future. Neither of them has been good at confronting the past, and yet it is that past that has made them who they are today. Will their marriage survive this long overdue assessment of themselves, and if it does will the context of the marriage change?

Ms. Gertler is an author I discovered last year with her book Drifting. It was at that time that I decided she would be an autobuy author for me. The Windmill is an excellent piece of womenís fiction. If the romance reader on your Christmas list is a fan of this genre I donít think you can go wrong giving a gift of The Windmill.

Reviewed in November 2004 by Sandi.

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