An Improbable Pairing by Gary Dickson

This is a fairly good romantic historical fiction story. It takes place in the 1960’s. An American named Scott gets a chance to study in Switzerland and takes a ship to get there. While on the ship he falls for an older woman and hopes to see more of her while in Switzerland. I enjoyed some of the scenery but I wasn’t that sure I really cared too much for Scott or Countess de Rovere. Both of the characters needed to grow up. I received a copy of this book from Smith Publicity for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a four out of five stars.

Set in the golden years of 1960s Paris, Geneva, Gstaad, and Cannes, An Improbable Pairingprovides an inside look into the worlds of haute couture, 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.

An Improbable Pairing proves that love will prevail even when family, religion and society are against the couple’s will. 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. Yet, as in stories like Brideshead Revisited, the working-class visitor to that world still finds it to be strangely alluring, something he wants to join and be accepted in.

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