An Improbable Pairing

An Improbable Pairing

Gary Dickson / Sep 17, 2019

An Improbable Pairing It began as a simple flirtation In September of Scott Stoddard an American graduate student is traveling to Switzerland when he meets the Countess de Rovere a French divorcee he is smitten

  • Title: An Improbable Pairing
  • Author: Gary Dickson
  • ISBN: 1626345791
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • It began as a simple flirtation In September of 1963, Scott Stoddard, an American graduate student, is traveling to Switzerland, when he meets the Countess de Rovere, a French divorcee he is smitten, and she is intrigued What begins as a little coquetry soon becomes a serious love affair, much to the consternation of the Countess s ex husband and mother, not to men It began as a simple flirtation In September of 1963, Scott Stoddard, an American graduate student, is traveling to Switzerland, when he meets the Countess de Rovere, a French divorcee he is smitten, and she is intrigued What begins as a little coquetry soon becomes a serious love affair, much to the consternation of the Countess s ex husband and mother, not to mention the Countess s friends of European high society A meeting of equals poses problems enough, but what about one between two people who seem to have so many differences And when a man of traditional attitudes couples with an independent and self confident woman, something s got to give It won t be the countess As their liaison transcends an affair that cannot be dismissed, they all agree that something must be done An Improbable Pairing is a historical romance that chronicles the enduring themes of a young man s coming of age and the rebellious love of the mismatched This pas de deux, set in the golden years of 1960s Paris, Geneva, Gstaad, and Cannes, provides an insider s peek into the worlds of haute couture, three star gourmet restaurants, and lavish hotel suites the domains of rank and privilege But society s privileged resist when an interloper threatens to upset their cozy structure Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 240 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Greenleaf Book Group Press More Details ISBN 1626345791 ISBN13 9781626345799 Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book An Improbable Pairing by Gary Dickson Release date Jan 08, 2019 It began as a simple flirtation.In September of 1963, Scott Stoddard, an American graduate student, is traveling to Switzerland, when he meets th It began as a simple flirtation.In September of 1963, Scott Stoddard, an American graduate student, is traveling to Switzerland, when he meets the Countess de Rovere, a French divorcee he is smitten, and she is intrigued What begins as a little coquetry soon becomes a serious love affair, much to the consternation of the Countess s ex husband and mother, not to mention the Countess s friends of European high society A meeting of equals poses problems enough, but what about one between two people who seem to have so many differences And when a man of traditional attitudes couples with an independent and self confident woman, something s got to give It won t be the countess As their liaison transcends an affair that cannot be dismissed, they all agree that something must be done An Improbable Pairing is a historical romance that chronicles the enduring themes of a young man s coming of age and the rebellious love of the mismatched This pas de deux, set in the golden years of 1960s Paris, Geneva, Gstaad, and Cannes, provides an insider s peek into the worlds of haute couture, three star gourmet restaurants, and lavish hotel suites the domains of rank and privilege But society s privileged resist when an interloper threatens to upset their cozy structure Enter Giveaway Format

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Silly me, I was waiting for some huge event to take place in this story But it really was just Scott and Desiree s romance that was the vehicle of the plot A fact that failed to woo me because these two characters were as exciting as watching paint dry Now, I know that makes me sound terribly harsh especially since the author states that he wanted to play with gender norms of the 1960 s Southerner Scott is a student and Desiree is the one with the money I think if you re a reader approaching it from living in that time period you ll be wowed Unfortunately, I live in 2018 and my mindset couldn t wrap its head around this strange agreement Plus, the whole romance was as predictable as the tides and the moon Just not my cup of tea which makes this a polite 2.0 stars flag 34 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 19, 2018 Chris C A Midlife Wife rated it liked it Shelves clean romance, fiction, historical romance, reviews, romance, womens historical fiction There was a lot to think about in the crafting of this review I have to admit I had difficulty getting into the story.It wasn t the story itself that was well laid out and very interesting The difficulty was in the writing itself While perfectly structured and easy to read, the writer lacked passion, energy, and excitement that really keeps the reader involved in the story.Several times within the first half of the book I literally almost stopped reading I was not enthused However, giving There was a lot to think about in the crafting of this review I have to admit I had difficulty getting into the story.It wasn t the story itself that was well laid out and very interesting The difficulty was in the writing itself While perfectly structured and easy to read, the writer lacked passion, energy, and excitement that really keeps the reader involved in the story.Several times within the first half of the book I literally almost stopped reading I was not enthused However, giving my fair chance to every writer, I persevered The second half was a bit engaging and I actually began to like the story.The author did a fabulous job with the technicalities of the story The background and the actual weighing out of the plot was great and the cover is awesome The story is a clean romance that is loaded with riches and glamour of Europe in the 60 s I just wish it had punch in the conversation areas of the story That seemed very lackluster.Overall, this would be a fabulous book if it had some juice to the story After all, it s a romance and we women love to read the juicy bits that come along with emotion of love copy received for review considerationfull review flag 17 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Feb 01, 2019 Tahera rated it liked it RTC flag 14 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Jane rated it liked it Shelves bookishfirst wins Thanks to Bookishfirst for this ARC This maybe the first love story I ve read by a male author He didn t do a bad job of it either considering.Desiree and Scott are total opposites when they first meet on a boat She is a Countess and he was going to Geneva, Switzerland, for graduate school Well, boy meets girl and that s it They are both smitten with each other, even though they are 7 years apart I didn t think that was a big deal but obviously her mother, also a Countess and his pare Thanks to Bookishfirst for this ARC This maybe the first love story I ve read by a male author He didn t do a bad job of it either considering.Desiree and Scott are total opposites when they first meet on a boat She is a Countess and he was going to Geneva, Switzerland, for graduate school Well, boy meets girl and that s it They are both smitten with each other, even though they are 7 years apart I didn t think that was a big deal but obviously her mother, also a Countess and his parents who didn t know about Desiree until almost the middle of the book did He came from a middle class family while she was a sophisticated woman who really didn t need to work and had her charitable work She lived the lap of luxury that s for sure going to balls, Cannes film festival and her many houses apartments in Paris, Geneva, etc It was set in the 1960s but there was hardly any reference to that until a few celebrities from that era were mentioned at Cannes flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 15, 2018 Suziey rated it liked it Shelves bookish first Thank you BookishFirst for providing an ARC in exchange for a review All opinions expressed are my own and based solely on the book An interesting premise that unfortunately fell flat.Scott Stoddard goes abroad to get away from his parents To gain a bit of freedom While on his trip, he falls for a beautiful, extremely wealthy Countess And then nothing happens Nothing.The writing is okay The cover is gorgeous But the story lacks a certain, je ne sais quoi Everything just happens to go Sc Thank you BookishFirst for providing an ARC in exchange for a review All opinions expressed are my own and based solely on the book An interesting premise that unfortunately fell flat.Scott Stoddard goes abroad to get away from his parents To gain a bit of freedom While on his trip, he falls for a beautiful, extremely wealthy Countess And then nothing happens Nothing.The writing is okay The cover is gorgeous But the story lacks a certain, je ne sais quoi Everything just happens to go Scott s way Every perceived issue is resolved favorably towards him I wanted to put this book down so many times because there was nothing happening Seriously There s nothing in the story to hold your attention I also didn t care for Scott or the Countess Their love story didn t engage me I actually found Scott to be frustrating sometimes.This was simply not an enjoyable read It didn t captivate me in any way.True Rating 2.5 5 stars flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Donna172 rated it really liked it Shelves arc s and giveaways This was a different genre of book than I usually read It was a romance but not your everyday chick lit type of book It begins when Scott first sees Desiree and almost immediately falls in love She is way out of his league and he knows it He starts by seeing another woman on a cruise ship just to be around her Then the cruise ends and Scott thinks that he will never see her again until he does The improbably pair start seeing each other and problems arise I liked the writer s style It w This was a different genre of book than I usually read It was a romance but not your everyday chick lit type of book It begins when Scott first sees Desiree and almost immediately falls in love She is way out of his league and he knows it He starts by seeing another woman on a cruise ship just to be around her Then the cruise ends and Scott thinks that he will never see her again until he does The improbably pair start seeing each other and problems arise I liked the writer s style It was clear and concise and you knew exactly what turn the plot was taking at all times The characters were also very likable I was routing for both characters the entire book Even though the reader is well aware of Scott s thoughts at all times, Desiree was a character that I d like to get to know I feel like she was born before her time She was not afraid to go after something that was not the norm for a woman of her status and she was willing to take a risk not only with her own life but with what others would say She is one strong willed woman This book is just begging for a sequel and from the author s note at the end of the book, it looks like there is one I can t wait to read it Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to read this ARC AnImprobablePairing NetGalley flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Loraine Oliver rated it it was amazing Recommends it for Lovers of Historical Romance Shelves reviewed books This book was an incredible read I enjoyed this book from the first page and was instantly captivated by the story It takes place in the 1960 s when Scott Stoddard, a 23 year old graduate student from the US is leaving by ship to go to graduate school in Switzerland After getting underway, he meets the Countess Desiree de Rovere, from France who he is smitten with As for her Desiree is intrigued by him They run into each other again, and they fall in love, much to the disappointment of not This book was an incredible read I enjoyed this book from the first page and was instantly captivated by the story It takes place in the 1960 s when Scott Stoddard, a 23 year old graduate student from the US is leaving by ship to go to graduate school in Switzerland After getting underway, he meets the Countess Desiree de Rovere, from France who he is smitten with As for her Desiree is intrigued by him They run into each other again, and they fall in love, much to the disappointment of not only the Countess s mother, but Scott s parents as well Desiree s ex husband is insanely jealous As they become very close, everyone seems to want to tear this couple apart They have many differences, but nothing seems to matter to them.This book is so well written, and the plot moves swiftly through the story There is a lot of wonderful tender moments, as well as angst between too many others against their choice of each other However as time goes by they fall madly in love.Can so many differences between both their worlds keep them from getting together The differences are many, including financial and religion What will happen You will have to read and find out I gave this book 5 Impossible stars and hope to read by this author flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Kimberly Mussell rated it liked it It took me a while to decide to read this one I love historical fiction, but the 60 s Is not my usual time frame I decided to give it a chance.I read the first half of the book in one sitting as it pulled me in However, the second half took a while longer and seemed to drag on a tad bit for me It was hard to feel I was in a prior era Nothing stuck out to me or distinguished the time frame This could have been a love story in today s time It is listed as historical, but it was missing thos It took me a while to decide to read this one I love historical fiction, but the 60 s Is not my usual time frame I decided to give it a chance.I read the first half of the book in one sitting as it pulled me in However, the second half took a while longer and seemed to drag on a tad bit for me It was hard to feel I was in a prior era Nothing stuck out to me or distinguished the time frame This could have been a love story in today s time It is listed as historical, but it was missing those scenes with specific items from that era.Scott and Desiree s relationship was the main focus and there s a few hiccups, but not a lot of story.Great writing style and appreciated the added addition of the Countesses Mother and Scott s parents flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves giveaways, first reads, debut On his way to Geneva to obtain his master s degree, Scott, an American graduate student, meets and falls in love with the somewhat older Countess de Rovere Several months later, their paths cross again, and despite their seven year age difference as well as their differences in social status and religion, a relationship evolves between the two I know it sounds crazy, even improbable, but I ve been in love with her since I first met her in September Scott to his friend, Jean An Improbable Pa On his way to Geneva to obtain his master s degree, Scott, an American graduate student, meets and falls in love with the somewhat older Countess de Rovere Several months later, their paths cross again, and despite their seven year age difference as well as their differences in social status and religion, a relationship evolves between the two I know it sounds crazy, even improbable, but I ve been in love with her since I first met her in September Scott to his friend, Jean An Improbable Pairing follows their romantic 10 month courtship, but is their love strong enough to last through the ages Since this romantic debut was told from the perspective of the male character rather than the female s, I found the perspective unique While I enjoyed some of the story, other parts moved too quickly proclaiming their love for each other after only one night together really and much of it was too superficial and melodramatic for my own tastes Romance fans, or those who want a glimpse into the high life, might enjoy it than I did Location Geneva, SwitzerlandI received an advance copy in a BookishFirst giveaway All opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Kellyn Roth rated it liked it Shelves books for adults, beautiful exteriors, era 50s 60s, historical fiction, not for christians, rating pg 13, rating pg 15, received for reviews, romance general, romance little much This was an eh book for me I wasn t in love with it, nor was I entirely enthralled.First, and this is my fault NOT the author s or the book s, but I thought it was set in the 20s for the first almost the first half Maybe Again, my fault since IT IS LITERALLY IN THE BLURB facepalm But stupid Kell was sick and dying and didn t want to look at details like that Well, I did read the blurb but then I forgot, I guess Either way, it did feel very old fashioned to me, so it was hard to tell This was an eh book for me I wasn t in love with it, nor was I entirely enthralled.First, and this is my fault NOT the author s or the book s, but I thought it was set in the 20s for the first almost the first half Maybe Again, my fault since IT IS LITERALLY IN THE BLURB facepalm But stupid Kell was sick and dying and didn t want to look at details like that Well, I did read the blurb but then I forgot, I guess Either way, it did feel very old fashioned to me, so it was hard to tell it was the 60s people spoke very formally, etc So though the author could ve done a better job with that at the onset, Kell really just needed to pay attention I got shaken out of my stupor when they mentioned a Beatles song.Now, just so y all know, this isn t a Christian book, nor was I expecting it to be, so there was some casual sex quite a lot, actually like, c mon, guys, I know you don t have those sorts of standards, but yeah however, it was all super tasteful I was worried that I d have to put it down, but I didn t have to nothing than kisses was described it always faded to black.There wasn t a lot of language, either A couple cuss words that s literally it I m super impressed by how clean it was considering the genre, etc.Now, as far as the plot goes, it was basically all about a guy throwing off responsibilities e.g college to have a fling with a countess Yep That s about it Which was interesting, I guess.I think I enjoyed the setting most It was pretty well done Very vivid Definitely enjoyed this.So, this sort of reminded me of an old 50s movie set on the Riviera ONLY with a lot of sexual mentions I like the movie part, not so much the obsession with sex I guess the main characters did take time to get to know each other a bit, but especially at first, it seemed like they were interested in each others physical appearances Not fun Overall, I give this book 3 5 stars as a story and 2 5 based on how much I enjoyed it flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Katherine Hayward rated it liked it Shelves historical fiction, romance, my blog tours I was sucked in by the beauty of the cover of this book and by the title and synopsis, although from those I was also worried that the story would be predictable There are some very good parts in this book The attention to atmosphere and details that create atmosphere and also the description of the clothes and rooms seemed very lavish and I loved that But the conversation was stilted I did like Millie and she seemed likeable I was disappointed that Scott, so soon after having met Millie an I was sucked in by the beauty of the cover of this book and by the title and synopsis, although from those I was also worried that the story would be predictable There are some very good parts in this book The attention to atmosphere and details that create atmosphere and also the description of the clothes and rooms seemed very lavish and I loved that But the conversation was stilted I did like Millie and she seemed likeable I was disappointed that Scott, so soon after having met Millie and during a moment where they seemed relaxed together despite having only just met in the opulent surroundings of a cruise ship during its transatlantic crossing, seemed so interested in the Countess He seemed the kind of guy who saw and appreciated people for who they were, not what they had, yet he seemed to also be thinking a lot about the Countess I felt that part came on too quickly for me, it was a conflict for the end of the first chapter Although we get a good idea of what each character is thinking and when, I would have appreciated dithering feelings from Scott, uncertainty, about his feelings and depth as to how meeting the two women affected him so we could feel for him But I felt like he was shutting the possibility of getting to know Millie out and too drawn by the Countess Question I had to wonder, would he have been so drawn to the Countess had she not been a Countess and wealthy He seemed like a likable guy, I wasn t sure at times Another predictable thing was what a coincidence that he d end up where the women were But then again, this was a lead in to them seeing each other again The references to Titanic and similar were mentioned too early on in the book, I thought and did not really need to be mentioned, as anyone who has seen Titanic and I have, and differrent versions at that will see the similarities without being told I did find myself going who will he end up with but I was secretly hoping it was Millie and not the Countess, as the whole cruise, lowly student falling for the older woman has been done before but what kept me interested was the quick succinct pace of the writing and the effectiveness of the adjectives and words used in conjuring up images and descriptions I would have preferred the parts in brackets to have been left out of brackets as some was important information that deepened the thought process Scott or whoever was thinking was having, yet I felt like I would have liked to have felt like I knew the characters So, in summary, great cover and descriptions but unengaging conversation and lack of emotions that made some parts seem to plod along Thanks to Gary Dickson and Smith Publicity for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review 3 stars flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Caroline TheLiteraryMom rated it liked it Shelves 2019 books Thank you to Netgalley and Greenleaf Book Press for the Advance E Reader Copy An Improbable Pairing is a Historical Romance based in the 1960 s Europe The writing is beautiful, as the author takes plenty of time to write descriptive scenes that really showcase the fashions and decors of the times It really allows the reader to put themselves into the settings of the story as it unfolds The main characters, Scott and Desiree however lacked the same depth While their romance was interesting t Thank you to Netgalley and Greenleaf Book Press for the Advance E Reader Copy An Improbable Pairing is a Historical Romance based in the 1960 s Europe The writing is beautiful, as the author takes plenty of time to write descriptive scenes that really showcase the fashions and decors of the times It really allows the reader to put themselves into the settings of the story as it unfolds The main characters, Scott and Desiree however lacked the same depth While their romance was interesting to witness unfold, for being a Romance book, it just rang inauthentic Both seemed to just be in love for shallow reasons Scott for the physical reasons that made Desiree so appealing to him, and Desiree seems quite enad with how being with the much younger Scott helped her stay in the gossip and columns of the time This story does circulate around the the budding romance of these two characters, and while it does progress and therefore give the story some shape, there also was very little to offer the reader beyond the relationship flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Crystal Zavala rated it really liked it Shelves smithpublicity Improbable Pairing is about an American college student named Scott He is going to Europe for college in the 1960s He meets a Countess and they fall in love against both sets of parents desires The book follows their whirlwind romance Gary Dickson has beautiful writing, describing couture and designer gowns, amazing homes and cities I do not pretend to be an expert on the 1960s in the United States or Europe, so there are some things that I had to believe at face value even if seeming a lit Improbable Pairing is about an American college student named Scott He is going to Europe for college in the 1960s He meets a Countess and they fall in love against both sets of parents desires The book follows their whirlwind romance Gary Dickson has beautiful writing, describing couture and designer gowns, amazing homes and cities I do not pretend to be an expert on the 1960s in the United States or Europe, so there are some things that I had to believe at face value even if seeming a little unrealistic It s a little hard to believe that Scott s family was only middle class in the US for how much money they were giving him There were twists and turns that kept me interested In fact, there was the potential for this book to become a romantic thriller, but it never went that far flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Krista rated it did not like it Shelves author review, bookish first book, chick lit, romance, historical fiction At first this story pulled me in A young man leaving a semi controlling family to venture out on his own for graduate school I enjoyed some of the story at first, however, I quickly felt as though I was crawling along in my reading Scott the main character seemed to have no depth, even when I had read through almost half the book I didn t feel I really knew the true Scott The characters just seem one dimensional.Ok, I understand this is not suppose to be a sentimental book As it s in the hi At first this story pulled me in A young man leaving a semi controlling family to venture out on his own for graduate school I enjoyed some of the story at first, however, I quickly felt as though I was crawling along in my reading Scott the main character seemed to have no depth, even when I had read through almost half the book I didn t feel I really knew the true Scott The characters just seem one dimensional.Ok, I understand this is not suppose to be a sentimental book As it s in the historical romance catagory But I want to know the characters somewhat The author has no problem describing fashion I d rather know about the person, their feelings, etc Than every outfit they are wearing Overall, I gave this book a 1 star because I did not finish it I bailed for boredom flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Kensley rated it really liked it Shelves arcs, books i own Upon finding this book, it immediately drew me in It was like there was a magnetic pull between me and the book especially its characters that drew me in and didn t let me go Rarely am I one to enjoy historical fiction set in the 60s it s a personal quirk of mine , simply because the time period doesn t interest me as far as telling fictional stories go However, this was one of those books that exceeded my expectations and made me appreciate what I once disliked, and see it in a new light Upon finding this book, it immediately drew me in It was like there was a magnetic pull between me and the book especially its characters that drew me in and didn t let me go Rarely am I one to enjoy historical fiction set in the 60s it s a personal quirk of mine , simply because the time period doesn t interest me as far as telling fictional stories go However, this was one of those books that exceeded my expectations and made me appreciate what I once disliked, and see it in a new light The first impression I got from this was that it had a little Downton Abbey feel to it, if only slightly, and the rest just seemed to fall into place This was one of those books that I ll think of for a long time to come, and honestly, this would be the best Valentine s Day read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Jypsy rated it liked it An Improbable Pairing indeed Glamour and shine meets dirty and poor It s amazing that a romance develops in this situation The story is a testament to love and survival It s a little slow but not terribly bad Good description of the time period and place of the 1960s Historical fiction fans will enjoy this book Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Melissa Dee rated it liked it An Improbable Pairing by Gary Dickson is an intimate look at the European high life of the 1960 sDickson is at his best when he is describing the clothes, food, and interior decoration of the homes and playpens of the rich His descriptions of his characters thoughts and emotions are perhaps a tiny bit cliched and left me less than fully engaged with his hero and heroine He does a very good job, however of describing the tender ego of the twenty something male in a relationship with a wealth An Improbable Pairing by Gary Dickson is an intimate look at the European high life of the 1960 sDickson is at his best when he is describing the clothes, food, and interior decoration of the homes and playpens of the rich His descriptions of his characters thoughts and emotions are perhaps a tiny bit cliched and left me less than fully engaged with his hero and heroine He does a very good job, however of describing the tender ego of the twenty something male in a relationship with a wealthy, sophisticated, older woman.I am somewhat puzzled by the ending of the book I would appreciate any enlightening comments Is it a cliffhanger setting us up for a sequel I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Alicia Herrington rated it it was ok Shelves 2019 pop sugar challenge, arc, 2019 reading challenge Librarian Historical romances especially those with luxurious settings can always find a readership I have no doubt that this one will manage it as well The fact that it is a common man with an aristocratic woman, rather than the other way around as is typically the case with these kind of books , may appeal to some readers, though it may turn others off Honestly this seems to be a fairly typical example of a historical romance, and readers who are fond of the genre should enjoy this one Librarian Historical romances especially those with luxurious settings can always find a readership I have no doubt that this one will manage it as well The fact that it is a common man with an aristocratic woman, rather than the other way around as is typically the case with these kind of books , may appeal to some readers, though it may turn others off Honestly this seems to be a fairly typical example of a historical romance, and readers who are fond of the genre should enjoy this one as well.Reader Historical Fiction and I have an odd relationship It s a genre that I always feel like I should read often, but I still generally end up reading other genres instead Sometimes, though I do read something in the genre, love it, and immediately decide to read That s where the disappointment tends to come in Because I almost always end up choosing a book that I don t enjoy nearly as well.That s what happened here After I finished reading the thoroughly enjoyable, The Red Address Book , I wanted to read historical fiction I remembered hearing about this one, so I picked it up I found it fine Not bad, but not particularly good either Now I ll admit that that might just be because of when I read it With the Red Address book so fresh in my mind, anything that wasn t quite up to that level of excellence might pale in comparison I may one day reread this, and enjoy it But right now It s just not my cup of tea.Reading Challenge PopSugar 2019 Book That Includes a Wedding flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Terry Huntress of Erudition rated it liked it Beautifully written and authentic sounding, the author seemed very familiar with the geography and culture of fabulously wealthly Europeans in the 1960 s this was the most interesting part of the book to me.Desiree was beautiful and glamorous countess, Scott was tall, handsome and witty graduate student Aside from being among the rich and famous in Cannes and various parties in Switzerland and Paris, nothing really happened to this couple I guess their affair may have been very scandalous to Beautifully written and authentic sounding, the author seemed very familiar with the geography and culture of fabulously wealthly Europeans in the 1960 s this was the most interesting part of the book to me.Desiree was beautiful and glamorous countess, Scott was tall, handsome and witty graduate student Aside from being among the rich and famous in Cannes and various parties in Switzerland and Paris, nothing really happened to this couple I guess their affair may have been very scandalous to their parents at the time, but everyone seemed to get rather quickly on board with them as a couple.The setting was great, but Scott and Desiree were just not that interesting I never really warmed up to either character or felt I knew them personally.For a love story, it was remarkably passionless the love scenes actually seemed a little clinical to me Scott seemed enad with Desiree primarily because she was so, so beautiful at all times.I m not sure what attracted Desiree to Scott besides him being handsome and witty she did get a lot of attention from her society friends and the paparazzi kept the relationship in the spotlight for an extended amount of time, which I guess was a plus to her.I felt neither character had a chance to grow from their experience and the story ended too abruptly flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Stephanie rated it it was ok Shelves arc, historical fiction, netgalley I ve been on a bit of a historical fiction kick lately, so I was looking forward to reading something set a little closer to today than what I had been reading Unfortunately, this book just didn t do it for me Overall, it s ploddingly slow I ve been known to watch golf on TV and I still found this akin to watching grass grow.While I don t have to like love the characters of the books I read, I do have to be able to connect with them on some level However, I was never able to get that with ei I ve been on a bit of a historical fiction kick lately, so I was looking forward to reading something set a little closer to today than what I had been reading Unfortunately, this book just didn t do it for me Overall, it s ploddingly slow I ve been known to watch golf on TV and I still found this akin to watching grass grow.While I don t have to like love the characters of the books I read, I do have to be able to connect with them on some level However, I was never able to get that with either Scott or Desir e Scott is a bit of a tool and Desir e just comes across as vapid and somewhat manipulative Frankly, neither really had any redeeming characteristics that made me want to get to know them, or their story.The writing itself is not horrible, but it s all tell and almost no show Some of the dialogue is a bit too back and forth without any additional descriptive text that would help color the scene On the other hand, I felt the author spent way too much time focusing on irrelevant details, such as what was ordered for dinner is the fact that the brook trout was steamed with lemon butter sauce and served with steamed potatoes excuse me pommes vapeur really necessary Every time the characters got ready to sit down to a meal which they did A LOT , I steeled myself for another veritable menu reading in my future Unless the book is specifically about or centered around food dining, there is no need for that much detail Finally, there was no discernible character growth or development for either of the main characters At the end of the book, I was frankly left wondering why we were told their story at all copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley All opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Lenoire rated it it was ok Scott Stoddard is an American graduate student traveling to Switzerland On board a ship, his path crosses with Countess de Rovere, a recent French divorcee Scott is smitten by her charm and looks The pair begins a simple flirtation and soon evolves into a serious love affair As their love affair progress, they face criticism because they have so many differences.The premise of the novel seemed interesting as it is about a younger man courting an older woman However, I felt like this novel f Scott Stoddard is an American graduate student traveling to Switzerland On board a ship, his path crosses with Countess de Rovere, a recent French divorcee Scott is smitten by her charm and looks The pair begins a simple flirtation and soon evolves into a serious love affair As their love affair progress, they face criticism because they have so many differences.The premise of the novel seemed interesting as it is about a younger man courting an older woman However, I felt like this novel fell flat The author spent time discussing the food, clothes, and the atmosphere than the story I was almost 90% through the book before I decided it wasn t worth reading any There was almost no plot and the characters were bland If you like cozy reads that go into haute couture than story, then this is the book for you flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Olivia Farr rated it it was ok Shelves other reviews An Improbable Pairing follows a graduate student from the US, Scott Stoddard who is traveling to Switzerland to get his degree in international relations in the 1960s The book begins with him seeing a beautiful older woman on the boat he is traveling on He dates various younger women his own age before finally reaching out to and getting together with Desiree, the older but rich and beautiful Countess.This book was really hard for me to get into The characters felt very flat and the writing An Improbable Pairing follows a graduate student from the US, Scott Stoddard who is traveling to Switzerland to get his degree in international relations in the 1960s The book begins with him seeing a beautiful older woman on the boat he is traveling on He dates various younger women his own age before finally reaching out to and getting together with Desiree, the older but rich and beautiful Countess.This book was really hard for me to get into The characters felt very flat and the writing felt very aloof I did not feel like I was engaged with the story or the people in it Scott was a bit meandering and a little rude to the women he dated He seemed to give them little pause, and I do not think I cared for him much As such, particularly since he is the character from whose point of view the story is told, it made it that much harder to get into Adding onto that, despite the fact that the story is from the 1960s, it had the air of a much older time period I didn t feel like I was in the 1960s but would have found it believably the 1860s I did not feel engaged with the setting either There was also meant to be a thing about women s equality, but I just didn t see it much Maybe, if I squinted really hard, I could pick up some small pieces of it For instance, when they first go out and she pays for the meal without him knowing and he expresses displeasure as he wanted to pay and then immediately backs down when she says it makes her happy because he doesn t want to reduce her pleasure Sure, fine, but it doesn t really get into the core of the issues or why or even that it s about any equality She is an older, divorced woman with a lot of money, and he is a young student, so I should think these things would be common.In terms of the romance, I did not really feel any of the passion He comments on her beauty, but the attraction didn t really come through in the book It felt a little flat, almost like being told from a great distance without any of the elements that would really draw you into their story.For me, this book was just not my style I imagine there s an audience for it as the writing is good grammatically and the storyline is intriguing, but for me, it was just too flat.Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through bookish first All opinions are my own flag Like see review Jan 05, 2019 Patty rated it liked it A young American man, Scott Stoddard, is heading to study in Switzerland His life has been one of an upper middle class wealth in the South One of privilege and comfortable living but it is nothing compared to the old wealth he will encounter when he starts meeting not only his fellow students but the upper echelons of European society It starts when he meets one young woman on the ship on the way over and she is his entree into a world he could only imagine And to a woman he falls in love w A young American man, Scott Stoddard, is heading to study in Switzerland His life has been one of an upper middle class wealth in the South One of privilege and comfortable living but it is nothing compared to the old wealth he will encounter when he starts meeting not only his fellow students but the upper echelons of European society It starts when he meets one young woman on the ship on the way over and she is his entree into a world he could only imagine And to a woman he falls in love with at first sight A woman every man wants.Scott gets off the ship and works his way to the school in Geneva by way of a stop in Paris where he makes some friends He is introduced to people come from families that go far back in time with money than he could even conceive He has a very generous allowance from his parents but his head still swims His attention is still drawn to the woman of his dreams, the Countess de Rovere And she is also looking his way.They eventually meet but there is as much drawing them together as pulling them apart She is older, has life experience, has been married before and has a lot money than he has He is of a different class, inexperienced, younger and not quite accepted by the old guard in which she moves And yet still they fall in love But will it work out This book is about love, class, and family I enjoyed the parts of the story that were about the young man out of his element Scott s adventures with his friends The beginnings of the romance between Scott and the Countess were well written and a very good tale but as the story went on it did start to get a touch repetitive Not so much in action as they traveled hither and yon in Europe but rather in detailing Scott s feelings about loving the Countess.I felt in reading that I was less a participant in the story as happens with most books I read but rather that the action occurred at a remove I felt like I was reading as opposed to just being I don t know if this makes sense but usually when I read a book I become immersed in the story and stop feeling like I am reading and feel like I am living within the story That just didn t happen with this book and it lessened my enjoyment of the story.3.5 flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Stephanie rated it liked it Shelves historical fiction, romance Scott Stoddard is an American graduate student who has been accepted into a prestigious program in Switzerland On his way overseas, Scott is introduced to the enigmatic Countess de Rovere and becomes infatuated With a promise to his parents to focus on his studies, Scott puts off calling on the Countess and attempts to concentrate on school and girls his own age However, the pull of the Countess presence is hard to resist and Scott finds himself under Desiree s spell Scott and Desiree find Scott Stoddard is an American graduate student who has been accepted into a prestigious program in Switzerland On his way overseas, Scott is introduced to the enigmatic Countess de Rovere and becomes infatuated With a promise to his parents to focus on his studies, Scott puts off calling on the Countess and attempts to concentrate on school and girls his own age However, the pull of the Countess presence is hard to resist and Scott finds himself under Desiree s spell Scott and Desiree find that their attraction is mutual, even though there is a long list of reasons that they should not be together Being introduced into Desiree s social circle takes a toll on Scott s academics, but their attraction grows As news of their relationship spreads, pressure mounts on the couple An Improbable Pairing takes the reader through the whirlwind romance of a very lucky American student and a privileged Countess in 1960 s Europe The beginning of the book grabbed my attention with the voyage, the mystery surrounding The Countess and the suspense of how Scott and Desiree would come together After Scott arrived, the pace slowed a bit as he went about being a student and attempting to date the girls he believed he should Things began to pick up again when Scott and Desiree begin dating At this point, it also seemed like Scott was just the luckiest man alive as everything fell perfectly into place for him Desiree s world is shiny and exciting as her status invites her into world s that I would never be able to see The descriptions of luxurious homes, clothing, jewelry, restaurants, food and events were very encompassing and detailed allowing me to richly imagine places in Switzerland and France that I will never see The romance plays out as I would expect, the addition of Desiree s ex husband adds a slight tension, but could have been used to ramp up the excitement even Overalll, a classic historical romance that add the glamour of 1960 s Europe This book was received for free in return for an honest review flag Like see review Dec 23, 2018 Tina rated it liked it 3.5 starsScott, an American graduate student, travels to Geneva to study for his master s degree On board the SS United States, Scott meets and falls in love at first sight with the Countess de Rovere It is several months later before a relationship evolves between the two This story is a twist on the traditional where the female is older by 7 years , experienced and financially secure This story follows the ten months of Scott and the Countess s relationship concluding with their marr 3.5 starsScott, an American graduate student, travels to Geneva to study for his master s degree On board the SS United States, Scott meets and falls in love at first sight with the Countess de Rovere It is several months later before a relationship evolves between the two This story is a twist on the traditional where the female is older by 7 years , experienced and financially secure This story follows the ten months of Scott and the Countess s relationship concluding with their marriage Reader s looking for a romantic story with little drama will enjoy this story.As I read this story I was bothered by something, but couldn t quite put my finger on it until I realized I have not read many, if any, romance books where the main character is a male While it was different from what I m used to, it didn t deter from my enjoyment of the story One of my favorite quotes from the book My darling, life is about choices You must learn that the choices you make will not always result in your happiness or the happiness of others But you must always be true to yourself Never betray your principles Thank you to BookishFirst and the publisher for the advanced copy all opinions are my own flag Like see review Jan 15, 2019 Kim Bakos rated it liked it Shelves giveaways Almost quit, glad I didn t I started this book when I got it, read for a little bit, and put it down Read a few others, then felt guilty and started to read again Same response not drawn in at all, read a couple of others Picked it up and was committed to finishing since I know I need to review any book that I win I guess the third time was the charm since this time I was pulled in and finished it.It was different to read a romance that has been written by a man I would say it was m Almost quit, glad I didn t I started this book when I got it, read for a little bit, and put it down Read a few others, then felt guilty and started to read again Same response not drawn in at all, read a couple of others Picked it up and was committed to finishing since I know I need to review any book that I win I guess the third time was the charm since this time I was pulled in and finished it.It was different to read a romance that has been written by a man I would say it was matter of fact and not as mushy and descriptive as one written by a woman But I think it is probably an indicator of the different way that love is perceived and experienced by men and women, and it was a nice insight to have.The plot and setting are similar to a Danielle Steele story uber rich, jet set, with lots of descriptions of the places they visit and name dropping of real people from that time period But it was nowhere near as expansive and didn t pull me in as her stories do.Overall, it was enjoyable once I finally finished it I was glad that it ended the way that it did But if I want to read a story that takes me into the world of the rich and famous, there are other authors I would choose to read before another story by this author flag Like see review Dec 30, 2018 Jean Kolinofsky rated it really liked it Gary Dickson s first novel takes the reader back to Europe in the 1960s to experience the gourmet restaurants of Paris, the red carpet of Cannes and the lives of the wealthy in Geneva and Gstaad Scott Stoddard is a graduate student sailing to Europe to continue his education in Geneva Introduced to Desiree, the Countess de Rovere, he is immediately smitten by her beauty When the ship docks they go their separate ways, but they are fated to meet again.As Scott and Desiree explore their love fo Gary Dickson s first novel takes the reader back to Europe in the 1960s to experience the gourmet restaurants of Paris, the red carpet of Cannes and the lives of the wealthy in Geneva and Gstaad Scott Stoddard is a graduate student sailing to Europe to continue his education in Geneva Introduced to Desiree, the Countess de Rovere, he is immediately smitten by her beauty When the ship docks they go their separate ways, but they are fated to meet again.As Scott and Desiree explore their love for each other, they face a number of challenges Desiree is older, from a distinguished family, wealthy and Catholic Scott is dependent on his parents support and a Baptist Rumors swirl and the lovers face opposition from her mother and members of society as well as threats from her ex husband If their love is to survive they must face these obstacles and find solutions.Dickson s story is one of glamour, determination and, above all else, love I was caught up in this story from the first pages and thoroughly enjoyed their journey together I would like to thank Bookish First and the Green Leaf Book Group for providing a copy of this book for my review flag Like see review Dec 20, 2018 Jill rated it really liked it Shelves review books Sometimes, by happenstance, you pick up a book that so perfectly fits your mood in the moment you can t help but love it This book was one that certainly won t be loved by all, but was just what I needed Against his parents better judgement, Scott Stoddard is sailing aboard the SS United States to Geneva to study International Business at the country s most reputable graduate school His parents finance this endeavor with the understanding that Scott will return to the United States upon gradu Sometimes, by happenstance, you pick up a book that so perfectly fits your mood in the moment you can t help but love it This book was one that certainly won t be loved by all, but was just what I needed Against his parents better judgement, Scott Stoddard is sailing aboard the SS United States to Geneva to study International Business at the country s most reputable graduate school His parents finance this endeavor with the understanding that Scott will return to the United States upon graduation to become a lawyer, following in his father s footsteps Goals, plans and drive are important to the Stoddards, but when Scott sees a captivating European aboard his ship his plans begin to take a backseat A classic novel about the underdog going for the girl Clich , but captivating Simple, yet so detailed This book captured my attention quickly and held on through the society parties, lovers quarrels and surprises Disclaimer A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher All opinions are my own flag Like see review Dec 17, 2018 Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves coming of age, fiction Thank you to companies like NetGalley that offer ARC s I appreciate the hard work that goes into writing a novel, and An Improbable Pairing plot summary sounded like it might be a fun beach read type of book Also, the artistic rendering of the female on the cover caught my eye because I thought she looked like young Grace Kelly I believe it is possible that the rest of the book could be interesting for its mention of famous places or restaurants That said, the preview chapters just didn t Thank you to companies like NetGalley that offer ARC s I appreciate the hard work that goes into writing a novel, and An Improbable Pairing plot summary sounded like it might be a fun beach read type of book Also, the artistic rendering of the female on the cover caught my eye because I thought she looked like young Grace Kelly I believe it is possible that the rest of the book could be interesting for its mention of famous places or restaurants That said, the preview chapters just didn t make me want to read me Sometimes some of the details would make me stop, like an anachronism For example it is 1963 but nineteen year old Millie wears a flapper dress And the male protagonist travels in second class to Europe for graduate school, but he drinks Moet Chandon champagne in his hotel room upon arrival When I found myself thinking that some of these details just weren t flowing together for me, I felt this probably was not a book for me In all fairness, I must include the information that I read less than half of the book flag Like see review Jan 11, 2019 Tiffany Robinson rated it did not like it An Improbable Pairing follows the story of Scott who is an american student traveling to another country to attend graduate school when he meets Desiree the Countess of Rovere who is older and very well off That meeting changes both of their lives and what follows in a whirlwind romance.When I first started this book it sounded interesting and thought it was off to a good start, but i quickly started to not like the book and for me it never seemed to get better I thought the author was to caug An Improbable Pairing follows the story of Scott who is an american student traveling to another country to attend graduate school when he meets Desiree the Countess of Rovere who is older and very well off That meeting changes both of their lives and what follows in a whirlwind romance.When I first started this book it sounded interesting and thought it was off to a good start, but i quickly started to not like the book and for me it never seemed to get better I thought the author was to caught up in describing the location people were in or what people were eating and wearing that I felt like we never really got to know the characters For a book about the love story between these two people I never felt a connection and the conversations between them felt scarce I think it would have been better if they interacted Also throughout the book we were subject to Scott s inter monologue which got annoying and repetitive There was nothing about this book that I enjoyed.I received an ARC of this book flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. Thanks to Netgalley and Smith Publicity for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Expected Publication Date is January 8th 2019 1960 s Europe Scott Stoddard, an American graduate student, studying in Switzerland, falls hard for a wealthy divorcee who is older than he is Silly me, I was waiting for some huge event to take place in this story But it really was just Scott and Desiree s romance that was the vehicle of the plot A fact that failed to woo me because these two characters wer Thanks [...]


    2. There was a lot to think about in the crafting of this review I have to admit I had difficulty getting into the story.It wasn t the story itself that was well laid out and very interesting The difficulty was in the writing itself While perfectly structured and easy to read, the writer lacked passion, energy, and excitement that really keeps the reader involved in the story.Several times within the first half of the book I literally almost stopped reading I was not enthused However, giving There [...]



    3. Thanks to Bookishfirst for this ARC This maybe the first love story I ve read by a male author He didn t do a bad job of it either considering.Desiree and Scott are total opposites when they first meet on a boat She is a Countess and he was going to Geneva, Switzerland, for graduate school Well, boy meets girl and that s it They are both smitten with each other, even though they are 7 years apart I didn t think that was a big deal but obviously her mother, also a Countess and his pare Thanks to [...]


    4. Thank you BookishFirst for providing an ARC in exchange for a review All opinions expressed are my own and based solely on the book An interesting premise that unfortunately fell flat.Scott Stoddard goes abroad to get away from his parents To gain a bit of freedom While on his trip, he falls for a beautiful, extremely wealthy Countess And then nothing happens Nothing.The writing is okay The cover is gorgeous But the story lacks a certain, je ne sais quoi Everything just happens to go Sc Thank yo [...]


    5. This was a different genre of book than I usually read It was a romance but not your everyday chick lit type of book It begins when Scott first sees Desiree and almost immediately falls in love She is way out of his league and he knows it He starts by seeing another woman on a cruise ship just to be around her Then the cruise ends and Scott thinks that he will never see her again until he does The improbably pair start seeing each other and problems arise I liked the writer s style It w This was [...]


    6. This book was an incredible read I enjoyed this book from the first page and was instantly captivated by the story It takes place in the 1960 s when Scott Stoddard, a 23 year old graduate student from the US is leaving by ship to go to graduate school in Switzerland After getting underway, he meets the Countess Desiree de Rovere, from France who he is smitten with As for her Desiree is intrigued by him They run into each other again, and they fall in love, much to the disappointment of not This [...]


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