An Unexpected Guest by Anne Korkeakivi

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Clare is the American wife of a British diplomat living in Paris and planning a dinner party for high ranking officials. In the course of one day, the reader follows Clare throughout Paris as she plans the party, deals with her teenage son’s trouble at boarding school and flashbacks to her own teenage years when she had a brief relationship with an Irish man and helped “the cause” by illegally bringing money over to Ireland. Now Clare’s husband might be transferred to Ireland and she is afraid her past might be catching up to her- as well as the young man she had a fling with and who might not be dead all these years as she thought.  The book is a little slow-moving and never really digs deep into her son’s troubles. her husband is kind and forgiving- almost beyond credulity. But a decent read.

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